November 22, 2013

Regarding the Nov. 16 front-page article “Lead developer hired many who worked at troubled tech company”:

I am angry at this cheap shot at a company I loved. I am a proud former American Management Systems (AMS) employee who worked for the firm twice, in the 1970s during its early days and then returning as vice president for human resources in the early 1990s. I can’t speak to the time after AMS was acquired by CGI Federal, one of the now-much-publicized contractors working on the flawed HealthCare.gov Web site, as I had retired by the time of CGI Federal’s acquisition. But I certainly can speak to the quality of AMS’s work over the years. From its fix of the New York City financial system, when the firm was just beginning, through its many private-industry, state government and federal projects, AMS had a well-deserved reputation for delivering successful systems on time and within budget. Yet The Postfocused on the occasional problem projects.

AMS, hatched in the D.C. area, was a terrific company to work for, witnessed by its being listed by Fortune and Working Mother as one of the best companies in the United States. The Post should have told the whole story of American Management Systems.

Judith Downs Tinelli,

Falls Church