A few days ago, I wrote about Federal IT systems management. In particular, I noted this GSA-OIG report, and its criticism (in my view wrong headed) of 18F—an innovative Federal IT digital consultancy. I wanted to dig down a bit into the IG's report and explain, further, how ... well ... silly it is.
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Few stories have depressed me as much as this report from earlier this month in the Washington Post. It looks to be normal fare -- a news report about an IG report that finds some aspects of a Federal agency lacking. And yet ... what I see in this news article is a turgid Federal bureaucracy that will never understand the IT sector. And that's depressing. To understand why requires some exposition, so bear with me.