You probably won't find them in dev shops - think about it, they're upselling the cost of labor to manage programmers that your CTO should be managing. Once you outsource, you won't really have a legal recourse if they steal the money anyway so why pay extra for a "firm". Best is to find qualified individuals to get the job done. That being said, I'd suggest your CTO literally drill those candidates to really see what they're made of and if they're actually qualified to handle your tasks - don't just ask the vague questions. Drill them.
Outsourced, American, doesn't really matter - cheaters, liars, and flakes are plentiful. All of that being said, Australia is ironically a decent outsourcing outlet lately.
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