Proposed Outsourcing Guidelines Could Impact Federal Contractors

Outsourcing
guidelines proposed by the Obama administration have the potential to pressure
IT professionals working as government contractors. Overall, the proposal
requires agencies to bring core functions in-house. As InformationWeek points out, that "seems to leave
the door open for extensive use of information technology outsourcing,"
but there’s bound to be some impact.

(F)or
example, the letter explicitly lists technical evaluation of contract proposals
and "work in any situation that permits or might permit access to
confidential business information" among tasks the letter says demand
strict oversight to make sure no inherently governmental functions end up being
outsourced.

The key phrase in
the proposal is "inherently governmental function." The Office of Federal Procurement Policy says jobs like budget analyst or
criminal investigator would fit the definition, and so
wouldn’t be eligible for outsourcing. (If you want to, you can read the OFPP’s
memo here.)

– Mark Feffer

 

Comments

  1. BY Rich Benson says:

    Beyond seeking to limit outsourcing of federal jobs, Washington needs to restrict and reduce the number of H1 visas it has authorized in the IT field.

    With unemployment so high, and with so many U.S. citizens looking for work, it’s inconceivable that the government should still be permitting corporations to recruit foreign IT workers. Likely, the political sensitivity of even discussing this topic inhibits its consideration. However, with mid to long term unemployment projections envisioned to remain high, it’s time to take action, to get Americans back to work!

  2. BY Rich Benson says:

    Beyond seeking to limit outsourcing of federal jobs, Washington needs to restrict and reduce the number of H1 visas it has authorized in the IT field.

    With unemployment so high, and with so many U.S. citizens looking for work, it’s inconceivable that the government should still be permitting corporations to recruit foreign IT workers. Likely, the political sensitivity of even discussing this topic inhibits its consideration. However, with mid to long term unemployment projections envisioned to remain high, it’s time to take action, to get Americans back to work!

  3. BY Susan says:

    < > Well said. In fact, what if a tax structure were implemented that creates far less incentive for companies to outsource by taxing heavily those companies continuing to do so, thereby alleviating concerns regarding long-term unemployment compensation claims?

  4. BY Susan says:

    < > Well said. In fact, what if a tax structure were implemented that creates far less incentive for companies to outsource by taxing heavily those companies continuing to do so, thereby alleviating concerns regarding long-term unemployment compensation claims?

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