Mr. Right: demaL-demaL-yeH: Arumat: /hate the "lowest bidder" mentalityYou're going to love this, then: The Halliburton/KBR contracts were no-bid.The notion of no-bid contracts was first standardized as a government policy by Al Gore, when Bill Clinton had him re-inventing and streamlining government functions. The idea is that government will select a contractor for a certain type of service or good. That selection is the result of pricing, service, and corporate capabilities and is subject to standard bidding practices. Then, when a need arises, the contract is let to that pre-approved supplier at the previously negotiated terms.The private sector has been doing this for years. It's sometimes called "approved supplier" or "certified supplier" Say a company uses a lot of injection molded plastic parts. They take bids from any supplier interested in bidding, each potential supplier is reviewed, inspected, pricing strategy and methodology is agreed on and one of those suppliers is selected. Then the company designs a new product requiring some injection molded parts. In order to fast-track the part to market, the company goes to its trusted supplier and the parts start flowing in a fraction of the time that would be required if every part had to be quoted and bid by multiple supplers.The name No Bid Contracts is a derogatory term applied by the party in opposition, whoever that happens to be. But the functionality has been used by administrations of both parties. It is a method of streamlining the business of government that makes excellent sense. Unless, of course, you don't have a clue how it functions and you can use it to bash your political opposition.
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