Comments on: Presidential aloofness, a patent rush, and disclosing Washington corruption http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/2013/03/19/presidential-aloofness-a-patent-rush-and-disclosing-washington-corruption/ Steven Brill Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:28 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Maymet http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/2013/03/19/presidential-aloofness-a-patent-rush-and-disclosing-washington-corruption/comment-page-1/#comment-384 Thu, 16 May 2013 10:44:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/?p=782#comment-384 Here is a great example of why privatization is NOT good for many government work.

U.S. rethinking lowest-priced contract rule for guarding embassies

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/2 2/us-usa-embassy-security-idUSBRE92L03T2 0130322

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By: Obsilutely http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/2013/03/19/presidential-aloofness-a-patent-rush-and-disclosing-washington-corruption/comment-page-1/#comment-369 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:28:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/stories-id-like-to-see/?p=782#comment-369 It is a nice thought, Mr. Brill. But I work for a government agency who knows nothing about what they are asking private contractors for. These contractors know this and use this to their advantage by overcharging and under delivering. I often hear the government can’t do anything right but I see a much different problem here: These contractors are not trying to produce quality products or offer quality services. Instead they trying to extract everything they possibly can from the government. Had the government hired a software professional to begin with then this project wouldn’t be a monetary “black hole”. At the same time, if this company were as competent as they claimed to be, their less-than-adequate software wouldn’t have such a negative impact on millions of peoples lives. From what I have seem of government contractors they seem to be more focused on taking than giving. Maybe we could hold these companies accountable for their shortcomings instead of throwing more money at them in hopes they will get it together some day. And maybe we should ask the government officials making these decisions to actually have a working knowledge of what they are asking for so they don’t get ripped off by these companies like they are now.

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