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Open Source Lessons For Feds
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WKash
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WKash,
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5/16/2014 | 3:22:44 PM
Re: Open Source Enthusiasts
Gary EL - Sad but true.  Working for the government was always pretty much a commitment to a marathon; the promise at the end was a pretty sweet pension prize --  for those wiling to stick it out. But for newcomers, a government job (if they're lucky) is a chance to add some potentially attractive credentials to your resume, but longer term, it's hard not to see a punishing road ahead on which to build a career. Thank goodness we still have so many willing to serve their country inspite of that.   
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Gary_EL,
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5/16/2014 | 2:08:21 PM
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SachinEE, they really can't, because money talks, and Congress holds the purse strings.I make part of my living working for a government contractor, and the Feds can't even live uop to their existing agreements, because they just don't have the money. As for job security, maybe for the older employees, but it's completely gone for new hires.
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5/16/2014 | 2:02:18 PM
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With the growth of modern technology and the immense opportunities that present day entrepreneurship has to offer, it was easy to see that it was only a matter of time before all the best talents started drifting towards private enterprises rather than work for the government. Even the incentives that used to draw talent to government jobs, such as job security, no longer seem to hold any power and the government must start thinking of ways to encourage free enterprise within their institutions if they hope to put a halt to this trend.
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WKash,
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5/16/2014 | 9:57:38 AM
Re: Open Source Enthusiasts
Gary_EL, one challenge I see as well, is that open source projects rely to a certain extent on the willingness of participants to go the extra mile to work together and contribute.  But that kind of spirit (like capital) tends to move to where it's welcome, and government has become a decidely less welcome place to work.

 
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5/15/2014 | 10:33:17 PM
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I agree. Austerity is starting to bite so deeply that federal agencies are being forced to eat their seed corn. It will be increasingly difficult for them to attract the kind of talent needed to implement these open source lessons. They will be forced to use off-the-shelf products and to be increasingly dependent on outside consultants
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WKash,
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5/15/2014 | 4:47:12 PM
Open Source Enthusiasts
The outlook for attracting the next generation of talent might not look very promising for the federal government these days, given federal budget cuts and a host of other reasons.  But it is encouraging to the see energy, creativity and passion reflected in the four individuals who discussed this topic at FOSE this week: @Erie Meyer; @BenBalter; @matthewburton; @victorzapanta.


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