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IT Hiring:  Government, Business, and the Revolving Door

Government-business outsourcing (see IT Hiring: Government, Business, and Outsourcing) abets the government-business "revolving door". From Fed IT Run By Enron's Corrupt Accountant, IT Incompetent Accenture:
Working for the government and then getting hired by a corporation providing services to the government, or vice versa, and then maybe back and forth again — always to increasingly lucrative positions — is standard procedure in corrupt government. It's called the "revolving door". Suzie Kent will be the Fed CIO for a few years and make sure her former longtime employer Accenture, even as IT incompetent as it is, gets most or all of the contracts to supply the U.S. Government with IT services. Then later she will leave the government and go back to a very lucrative executive position at Accenture. There will be no provable quid pro quo but it will be obvious to anyone who is not an idiot that there was one. Taxpayers, and their children and grandchildren, will be left with the bill for billions of dollars and an IT incompetent government that can't and won't help and protect them.
The revolving door kills cost-lowering competition because contracts end up not being awarded based on price, but on what government worker has been bribed by what company.

It started with those in the military handing out contracts to companies they later went to work for, at high salary, as an unprovable reward/bribe for the contract. It was part of President/General Eisenhower's warning about the "military-industrial complex".

Particularly in IT, and for IT incompetents, the government-business revolving door has become ubiquitous today. For example, besides Accenture's Suzette Kent, IT incompetent Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO), see: The revolving door is illegal under Title 18 (crimes and criminal procedure) of U.S. Code, § 207 (restrictions on former officers, employees, and elected officials of the executive and legislative branches).

The revolving door, and all other principles discussed in the preceding entries, also apply to the media, which is after all just a business; see IT Hiring: Media next.

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