Thursday, March 27, 2008

Seems these jobs kept at home would help security and unemployment

Reading this at The Washington Times website made me think of how the government could actually help two ongoing problems, read on but also click the link and read it fully:

Outsourced passports netting govt. profits, risking national security

By Bill Gertz
March 26, 2008

This is the first in a three-part series on the outsourcing of passports.

The United States has outsourced the manufacturing of its electronic passports to overseas companies — including one in Thailand that was victimized by Chinese espionage — raising concerns that cost savings are being put ahead of national security, an investigation by The Washington Times has found.

The Government Printing Office's decision to export the work has proved lucrative, allowing the agency to book more than $100 million in recent profits by charging the State Department more money for blank passports than it actually costs to make them, according to interviews with federal officials and documents obtained by The Times.

The profits have raised questions both inside the agency and in Congress because the law that created GPO as the federal government's official printer explicitly requires the agency to break even by charging only enough to recover its costs.