The federal government’s a big believer in outsourcing services to cut employee-related overhead. But as the National Security Agency discovered, farming out a particular function doesn't just save money. It can also make a government agency extremely vulnerable. We covered “privatization” six years ago. The chorus now pretty much remains the same: The private sector operates more efficiently. As someone who’s worked in both the public and private sectors, I can tell you that’s not necessarily so. Comprised as they are of human beings, both are equally adept at screwing things up. Who’s to say what’s the “better buy” when it comes to the long-term health of publicly owned assets? Please share your opinion via the quick-poll at