Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Reinventing the Wheel at the Federal Government
Buying in bulk. That's the new idea, which is really an old idea. If I remember correctly, Al Gore's Reinventing Government emphasized procurement reform, in part by giving government credit cards out to the field. The idea was you cut the paperwork, the procurement delays, and you make government smaller and more responsive. Of course that reform ran into problems, particularly because no one was watching over the use of the credit cards, so they got misused. Now the Obama administration thinks we can save money by moving more of the procurement action back to GSA. Perhaps. And perhaps 15 years from now another administration will try again to decentralize procurement.