Defense and the Future of Contracting

The Defense Authorization bill approved by the House on Tuesday includes several sections that could have a substantial impact on federal contracting practices. Here's the link.

Section 802 would sharply restrict the use of lead system integrators. Those of you in the know will think of the Coast Guard's Deepwater project.

Section 811 requires the Defense Department to show that multiyear contracts will provide significant savings. That relates to the all-too-frequent deals -- you know who you are, people -- that expand and expand beyond original cost estimates.

And Section 844 will require swift disclosure -- as soon as 14 days -- of contracts awarded without competition. Everybody knows that contracts, some of them worth many hundreds of millions of dollars, are routinely handed out without meaningful competition.

Anyway, the bill must still be approved by the Senate and signed by the president. But these provisions appear to be safe. Thanks to Laura Peterson at Taxpayers For Common Sense, a Washington watchdog group, for pointing them out.

By Robert O'Harrow |  January 18, 2008; 7:00 AM ET defense
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We have more and more idiots being elected. I cannot tell the difference any longer between the dems and the republicans. They are all idiots and thieves. I wonder how many of them would have gotten very far existing in the private sector. Their answer to recession is to tax more and spend more. It does not work. Their rebate plan is sickening and expensive. We have fools and theives running the country. How many of our congressmen and senators shared in the theivery going on in Iraq by our questionable defense contractors? How many trips and at what expense did many of them take to Iraq?-

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