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.
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
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
— Mark Feffer