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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Chicago Overpaying Computer Consultants?

Attention Computer Consultants: Do you do computer consultant work for state agencies? And do you happen to be a computer consultant in the greater Chicago area?

There’s an interesting, eye-opening AP article about computer consultants that I found today on The article references a report about how some computer consultants for state agencies in Illinois cost up to 3 times as much the salaries of Illinois state computer employees, with comparable skills.

The article goes on to give specific financial examples of a computer consultant contract between IBM and Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

Regardless of whether your computer consultant business is in Chicago or elsewhere, this is a good read on the politics of billing between huge IT services companies and government agencies that utilize computer consultants.