The very notion of Insourcing which is defined by hiring more government employees versus government procuring these services from government contractors at this time is a sign of a very disconnected government. We at Open Government TV have watched too much hard work from the White House, to Agency leadership, to both the House and Senate go into making government more of a publicly entrusted institution for government to have to unnecessarily face an angry and infuriated business community, especially anger from the small business community. To Increase insourcing would be like taking the reserved air out of the lungs of small business just as they are fighting to get a second wind because for many, recovery is not happening steadily or assuredly enough.
Additionally, implementation of increased insourcing at the risk of reducing outsourcing is a contradiction to one of the newly required goals of government which is to create the environment for market and free enterprise stimulation by incentivizing the private sector to participate in the trillion dollar government contracting arena. The Open Government Directive is designed to revolutionize the way government improves the quality of life for citizens, not to do the exact opposite.
With unemployment that continues to hover near 10%, and with the repeated assertion that small business is the back bone of our economy, 80-90% of our jobs in America are created by small business, and to live in a country whereby government currently is the largest buyer of goods and services, makes the idea of insourcing at increased levels indeed is a major disconnect to our current and foreseeable economic reality. As a small business who has nearly 10 years of experience in helping firms navigate through the government maze of contracting, we strongly believe that more insourcing would be a serious serious smack in the face of all the work that the White House and many of the government agencies have attempted to do over the last year with the Open Government Directive. There have been too many public leadership hours poured into plans to rebuild public trust back into government by opening government to public access so more can participate. To hire more government workers at the exclusion of business community engaged in contracting opportunities would fall way short of the goal of building trust and rebuilding our commerce during the American Recovery Reinvestment era. With health care costs, and salary cost of living increases, the math also seems to fall on the side of outsourcing. At the very minimum giving deference to some ideological reason why insourcing should even be considered in this economy at the very minimum, OMB must find a balance of hiring where mandatory like in GSA to increase those who process GSA schedules, and at the same time, respect the need for government contracting community to continue to deliver vital services to government.
Please do not advance insourcing with out using the new Gov 2.0 tools available to gain stakeholder engagement on this subject. At the very least, extend the public comment period if OMB is still considering the notion of increasing insourcing. www.opengovtv.com 202-449-7705.