Letter to the editor

The letter you published Feb. 26, 2001 by a Defense Contract Management Agency employee is right on the mark.

There are compelling reasons to leverage best practices and technology from industry, but it must be done intelligently. I opine that the large established industry contractors actually contribute to poor implementation in order to protect their rice bowls. New and innovative ideas and leveraging existing services are often stifled so that these contractors can protect their revenue streams.

The solutions are not easy, but they do exist. We need to focus on people, processes and then technology. I believe we should focus on relationships and services, not building empires.

The Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-270) issued new procedures for determining whether activities should be contracted out or kept in-house using government facilities and personnel.

The verbiage is very clear: "In the process of governing, the government should not compete with its citizens. The competitive enterprise system, characterized by individual freedom and initiative, is the primary source of national economic strength. In recognition of this principle, it has been and continues to be the general policy of the government to rely on commercial sources to supply the products and services the government needs."

The future is bright and offers so many sweeping efficiencies. As a taxpayer, I insist that our government take a fresh approach in this budding service-driven economy.

Name withheld upon request


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