[FoRK] so is it for real now?

J. Andrew Rogers andrew at ceruleansystems.com
Mon Oct 13 15:36:02 PDT 2008


On Oct 13, 2008, at 3:01 PM, Stephen Williams wrote:
> "Procurement", with respect to DoD, is practically everything that  
> is not salaries.  Practically everything is in some procurement  
> cycle, even if it is just maintenance or management.


Yeah, true enough.  But the process and dance is a significant part of  
the cost of the underlying service or product that the procurement is  
nominally about.  A lot of money gets lost in the process, but much of  
that process exists for featherbedding and other political goals. The  
business of DoD contract auditing was an educational and informative  
experience for me, way back in the day.

In a sense, the political goal is procuring the process rather than  
the product, and the ultimate customer is the victim when they receive  
the final bill.

Cheers,

J. Andrew Rogers


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