From the AP via our local abc affiliate comes the news of a Report: IBM consultants cost Illinois more than state workers: "Outside computer consultants are costing Illinois as much as three times the rate of state computer employees who have equal skills. "
According to the DCFS head, Bryan Samuels, IBM's people, as consultants, are paid upwards of $176,000 per year, while DCFS's geeks get less than $81,000 annually.
And, whether they are contractors or state employees, there's no guarantee of job quality, is there? So what's the diff?
If the State of IL were to hire actual employees instead of consultants, Samuels estimates that the DCFS could hire up to 20 case workers, but his higher-ups say he's wrong about that. They say that hiring consultants saves them large sums of money. I'm guessing that would be on pension costs and bribes -- er, um... other considerations -- that high-ranking IL State employees have come to expect.
Not that I earn nearly enough in this state to pay taxes, but as a potential taxpayer, I wanna see the math on this one.