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The harm of baseless protests

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Business News By Lee Dougherty

Bid protests. Some contractors swear by their value, while others think that they are a waste of time. Some contracting officers view protests as a personal attack on their integrity, others just see them as part of the landscape. What few can argue though is that the informal nature and ease at which protests can be filed can result in filings with little legal merit, which in turn delay the whole procurement process.

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Is the Federal Government Ready For Free Trials?

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Technology has evolved to the point where it is now possible (and easy) to trial software, or Software-as-a-Service and evaluate its usefulness before you buy.  Historically, the federal government has invested in costly and time consuming development contracts, only to find that, at times, their expensive investment doesn’t really fit the bill.

But SaaS is turning this situation on its head as agencies are now able to try it before they buy it.  So why aren’t they?

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How are we managing $500 billion in contracts? Does anybody know?

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In FY 2013, the Federal Government will spend about $500 billion on contracts with private sector firms.  This number is down somewhat over the past few years as the Obama administration has sought to consolidate contracting activities and bring back some of this work in house.  Yet $500 billion is a huge amount of spending, and indeed, the US federal government is the largest single buyer in the world.

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