D.C. Awards Obamacare IT Work to Offshore Outsourcer

Partner David Rutchik offers insights in this article about offshore outsourcers servicing government contracts, highlighting the example of Infosys recently winning a contract to develop a health benefit exchange for the District of Columbia. Sample excerpts: “David Rutchik, a partner at outsourcing consulting firm Pace Harmon, said offshore services providers haven't historically been big players in public-sector IT work…‘However, as they gain more credibility and beef up their internal U.S. organizations by bringing on more American resources and creating more onshore development centers, they are gaining more traction,’ Rutchik said. 'The Infosys contract win is a prime example of that,' he said…Whether outsourcers can use offshore labor depends on the nature of the work. Federal security and privacy rules limit where the work can be done. But ‘unless there are specific statutes or regulations, they can usually decide whether to use onshore or offshore resources,’ Rutchik said.”