I just copied that headline verbatim from jsonline…well except for the exclamation point…that’s mine.
The state agency (Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development), which administers taxpayer-funded job retraining funds, said it expects to award a contract to develop an online database and job matchmaking service to Boston-based Burning Glass Technologies.
The agency’s announcement omitted the value of the contract. Neither did it say when work would begin nor when the new online system was expected to be up and running. Previously, agency officials have said they expect a rudimentary version of the new web-based system up and running by the first quarter of 2014.
Burning Glass was the highest-scoring bidder in the competitive process to collect bids, the agency said.
We have what? 7+ percent unemployment in this state and we couldn’t find a few local IT professionals to develop this under contract? I know more than a few out of work and under-employed programmers. Or we couldn’t find a local IT firm that could do this type of work? Really? We have some pretty good IT talent and mature software vendors in Wisconsin.
And why don’t government agencies ever consider open source or crowd sourced alternatives?
But back to the current issue…the announcement omitted the value of the contract? And Burning Glass was the highest-scoring bidder? What exactly does that mean.
So much for transparency…
I can’t imagine this is going to work out as planned!