It’s Not WHAT You Know, It’s WHO You Know

From the – Federal No-Bid Contracts On Rise

A recent congressional report estimated that federal spending on contracts awarded without “full and open” competition has tripled, to $207 billion, since 2000, with a $60 billion increase last year alone. The category includes deals in which officials take advantage of provisions allowing them to sidestep competition for speed and convenience and cases in which the government sharply limits the number of bidders or expands work under open-ended contracts.

Government auditors say the result is often higher prices for taxpayers and an undue reliance on a limited number of contractors.


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    It’s always a good idea to take a really bad practice and employ it more often….

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    So open competition is now the exception, not the rule.

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