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My tax dollar hard at work

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  • business and economics
  • June 14th, 2006

    I interviewed a front end developer today, and asked for some of his sample work. Indeed he pointed me to social security administration, where one can fill out one of many forms. I expressed that the site looks very steril, and if there is something more inviting that he can show me, and if there is anything he’d want to improve in the current SSA forms.
    I got this e-mail later: “I fell entirely insulted by your comments about what you learned in college. (refers to collecting click path analysis instead of asking user to fill out a survey) And also an insult to more than 2200 web developers at SSA.”

    WOW, 2200 WEB developers? Amazon.com including its seller inventory managment unit has about 50. Clearly, my tax dollar hard at work. Which begs the question: Is it possible to make our public sector learn from the private sector?

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    • 1. ayn  |  June 15th, 2006 at 1:34 am

      2200!!! Holy shit! That’s probably more than the number of developers in the top 100 web2.0 companies combined! And of course they can’t outsource this SSA shit for the same reasons they couldn’t use those Lenovo ThinkPads for serious gov’t work (that is a bit of an oxymoron)…

      I usually don’t give out my business cards to candidates unless I like the person so much that I want him/her as a contact or a friend, or the he or she is so good that I would gladly entertain emails to increase the likelihood that he or she would accept the offer… This avoids hate mails. ;)

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