More federal no-bid contracts. Just what we need.
It's always a good idea to take a really bad practice and employ it more often.
Under pressure from the White House and Congress to deliver a long-delayed plan last year, officials at the Department of Homeland Security's counter-narcotics office took a shortcut that has become common at federal agencies: They hired help through a no-bid contract.
And the firm they hired showed them how to do it.
The government--surprise!--is relying less on competition for good deals for products and services. Federal spending on contracts without "full and open" competition has tripled.
Think...think real hard...what happens as a result:
Government auditors say the result is often higher prices for taxpayers and an undue reliance on a limited number of contractors.
So open competition is now the exception, not the rule. It almost seems like these guys are, oh I dunno, kinda cliquey. I could be wrong.
Keith Ashdown, chief investigator at Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan watchdog group, said that in many cases, officials are simply choosing favored contractors as part of a "club mentality."
Well, I wanted to be wrong. Go read the article for the gory details.