Wednesday, August 22, 2007

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.


At 12:38 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

It's only 9:30 am my time, and I already need a nap.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Ashen Shard said...

Sounds to me this is part of the Republican party pay to play scam. Support Republicans financially, and only Republicans, and you get a nice government contract with no oversight, and thus, technically, free money since all you have to do is say you are doing something and not actually do it.

At 12:56 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

So that means Bush's presidency must be part of a no-bidder. Because that just described his m.o.

At 12:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever's writing that history book in 50 years that Bush keeps talking about, I hope they're taking notes about stuff like this.

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Kirsten said...

Don't worry, I am.

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