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From: madsaxon at (madsaxon)
Subject: NASA.GOV SQL Injections

At 02:12 PM 10/17/03 -0400, Jonathan A. Zdziarski wrote:
>The gov't in general has a terrible track record in security, primarily
>due to the fact that they're not willing to pay more than "$45,000 and a
>Buick"...NASA on the other hand has got the gov't throwing billions of
>dollars at them so I'd hope they could afford to pay decent
>rates...anyone on this list who works for NASA?  I would love to hear
>them speak up on the subject.

Federal employees of NASA are subject to the same pay schedules
as other federal employees.  While agency-specific pay banding
is gradually replacing the traditional GS (general schedule) system,
one agency really can't pay much more than another for the equivalent
position.  If you compare job security and certain other less tangible
benefits, the federal government becomes a much more attractive
employer, especially for those who resisted the siren call of
ludicrous salaries during the dot com boom and are, as a result,
still comfortably employed.

As to political considerations, yes, they exist.  But except at
the highest level they really aren't any worse than corporate
politics, and often a great deal less arbitrary.


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