Ookay super geniuses

Heres a new one for me - the amazing blackbox of offshore.

Mgmt has thing they want, write reqs/spec,
goes to faaraway land, they code & smoke test,
hand it to my group here to validate my environment.

well, hausenpfepper. This ain't quality.
They are a very closed group, these Vendors.

Anyone got experience breaking down this wall, getting development info out, introducing modern testing (not validation)
and some results to give on project stats?

dont call the librarian a monkey - it upsets him.