We spend too many resources and too muuch time and money in preparing an RFP, Source selection and then managing the contract. We need reforms to leverage the technology and to make this process much simpler and efficient. Savings could be in millions.
Every day, government contracts are negotiated at far higher costs than they need to be. If requested, DCMA provides a report to the buying activity (Army, Navy etc.) called a Technical Support to Negotiations (TSN). A TSN identifies areas where contracts are overstated by the defense contractor. The author of the TSN, the DCMA Engineer, knows the "in's and out's" of the contractor's facility and can potentially save... more »
In the IT area, instead of using expensive firms like IBM, Lockheed Martin, SAIC, Oracle or any large firms that bill the government an average of $150+ per hour per contractor, bypass these large, expensive, and inefficient firms and hire directly independent contractors who will be happy to take half that hourly rate. You save the government money, and you create better paid opportunities for the American worker.... more »
Most Government require contractors to submit proposal via hard copy or by CD which can be
read electronically. My idea is to require Govt
Agenices to eliminate hard copy requirements.
and Only Request Contractors Submit VIA Online
Proposal this would reduced proposal expenses
charged by contractors, overhead G&A for all
paper and reproduction.
Multi-Task Our Contractors the Same Way Our Employees Must Multi-Task. FEMA is an organization that by definition must have a ready workforce to meet national needs in the face of natural and man-made disasters. With the budgetary limitations inherent in our current fiscal environment, we are increasingly reliant upon contractors to fulfill that workforce. While the contract award controls and procurement requirements... more »
There is a huge market right now for Federal Contractors, and new companies spring up by the day to fill these federal positions. In most if not all cases these contractors are working for a third to half of what the Government is actually paying these companies for the position. Because of this, both the individuals and the Federal Government loose money, meanwhile these contract companies are getting rich. I believe... more »
In my time in the government I have seen contractors time and time again pull shenanigans. These contractors are wasteful. Time and time again, they somehow require much more money and time than they originally bid to do the job. They are taking advantage of Uncle Sam's now shallow pockets. Contractors should be required to finish the project as contracted, on time and within budget. They lowball the bid to get the... more »
Require Contractor's to be responsible for the entire lifespan (as intended) of a facility. This means if a structural flaw or something that is missed is not caught within the first year that they still are responsible to fix it. This would gaurantee better quality and actually extend the permanent lifespan past what is predicted. We utilize buildings that are 100s of years old, we should be able to utilize current... more »
In my opinion, it would be a great idea to hire contractors that have benefited from being trained on government systems and by government staff especially the ones that have remained on a contract for longer than 5 years. It may increase cost at first but over the long run it would reduce cost and potentially reduce the need for a government contract. The benefits for doing this far outweigh the costs of doing this.... more »
A guy walking around with his hand down his pants, belching, and complaining that he was too old to move heavy stuff as he dropped a box marked “FRAGILE” . . . That is what the Army got when they hired a local company for a PCS move. A rental car agent asking “why do you care, it isn’t your money?” . . . That was the response to a complaint that I was being charged too much for a car while traveling on official Government... more »
When I enlisted in the USAF in 1983 I cut the grass at my unit. I emptied the trash, I vacuumed, I cleaned the bathrooms. Other airmen did the same details. Today the airmen don't do any of that. We have contractors who cut, weed, empty trash, clean, etc. Why? The airmen are still there, but now they have nothing to do except surf the web. Get rid of the contract cleaning and mowing. Too much money being spent... more »
With the contracting and procurment policy function in OMB, I'll place this here. Limit the salaries of executives on cost plus contracts to that of say either a Congressman, or a Deputy Sectretary which ever is lower. That's for the TOP guy. For each step down in the contractor organization, the top salary is the next lower level of the Executive Schedule. And oh yes, no "bounuses" to these guys, unless it comes... more »
When I have an issue with my computer and I call NMCI the thing they are most concerned with is creating a 'ticket' rather than solving my problem. For each ticket they close, they get paid. If they field a perfect system with no problems they receive no additional pay. If they field a problematic system which in turn creates many tickets, they get paid. Many defense contractors get paid a lot of money to design systems.... more »
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How about we work a lot harder to elminate CLS. We already pay soldier, sailor, or airman to do this job. Contractors avoid provisioning parts which delays organic support. The service should provision parts and write manuals since there are very few that are unique over history and most contractors don't finish manuals because they make more money if they fail. CLS is the epitomy of laziness, CLS should only be a... more »