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Aug 08, 2006



The problem is not necessarily that agencies and contractors work together but rather the lack of transparency that sometimes exists between the two.

I agree, share-in-saving contracts are innovative but they do not necessarily solve the problem of transparency. Moreover, share-in-saving contracts have the potential of being more costly.

For instance, in a govexec article (http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0105/011905k1.htm), “The American Federation of Government Employees and Angela Styles, the former chief of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, have argued that share-in-savings contracts allow agencies to sidestep congressional approval on spending projects, and in the long run, cost the government more money.”

“Interestingly, laws are made for those who do not keep them."

Connie the Contractor

I’m sorry, I’m so terribly confused. According to my mentor, former Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Steven Kelman, the procurement process is conducted by wise, disinterested chaps making careful, responsible decisions about meticulous proposals prepared by otherwise disinterested chaps, and the process is so terribly merit-driven, don't you know, that agencies and contractors ought to be partners, and that’s why, for example, we should discourage litigation, oversight, and competition and embrace innovative concepts like “share in savings.”

Are you suggesting that the procurement process is actually infected by politics? Oh my heavens, no. Is there perhaps a legitimate role for oversight, competition, and even litigation, as checks on the process?

My worlds are colliding.


All good points. At the end of the day, though, Wilkes has played the flagship of American journalism like a virtuoso, eliminated the moral authority of the mainstream media, and made the DoJ and FBI look like the Keystone Cops, to boot. Not bad for a poor boy who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.

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