Dale M. Posthumus
I don’t think your intent is to bash hiring college students, but it comes across that way. The issue of young programmers on contracts such as the insurance exchange is as much a procurement problem. Too many agencies want level 4 and 5 experience, but only want to pay level 2 and 3 salaries. Budget pressures, yes, but, you get what you pay for. At the same time, you don’t role out a project that is not ready. Experience is good, but so is new blood, fresh ideas, different outlooks. Afterall, if you don’t hire new, you will eventually lose everybody.
Back to topic. I will agree that solutions to the biggest problems require longer-term actions. But, that is not a reason to throw up our hands and say “can’t do it”.