Outsourcing IT work overseas doesn't bother Bush administration IT czar Mark Forman, either. "We don't care if it's built overseas or in the U.S., as long as it's built to the same high standards," says Forman, chief enforcer of the fed's IT policy as associate director for IT and E-government at the Office of Management and Budget.
But Forman doesn't see much of need to outsource IT work overseas. Offshore outsourcing would be employed mostly to develop customized apps or tailor off-the-shelf software, he says. Government agencies should use packaged software as it comes out of the box. Says Forman: "We don't want to spend taxpayers' money turning off best practices embedded in off-the-shelf software."