The Food and Drug Administration has awarded a contract for....gift cards.
Under the $41,030 deal, the Stratford Gifts company will provide 160 "employee incentive gift cards" worth about $250 each.
Who gets the cards? Why do those folks get them? How many agencies use gift cards to incent their employees? Do the cards work as planned?
Government Inc. wants to know more. We're waiting to hear back from the FDA.
Can you help? Input welcome.
Here is what the FDA provided in response to a question about the cards:
"The FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health recently contracted with a company to purchase gift certificates for 160 of its employees. The gift cards will be issued to recognize employees for their work over this fiscal year as a form of incentive compensation," the agency's statement said.
"According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, agencies may present such certificates if they are being used as informal recognition awards. The FDA competitively bid this service to a company that specializes in this kind of business. Three vendors bid on the project and the FDA selected the lowest bid."
So, is this common? Anybody out there ever received a card?
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