Letter to the editor

Following is a response to an FCW.com poll question that asked: "Is it possible to have a fair competition between public and private groups bidding for the same work?"

Between all the management agendas, union interests and subjective evaluation criteria (changed once the tentative results of "proposal" evaluations are known and the "winner" isn't the right one), there is very little chance of a fair competition.

I have been in this business for more than 30 years and still have a problem with an agency being forced to develop a most efficient organization and operating plan to do things better.

As a contractor, we would never win an honest competition if we didn't do those things, and we sure as heck would not remain in business. Hopefully, the new A-76 rules bode well for a more level playing field.

Name withheld by request

WRITE US

We welcome your comments. To send a letter to the editor, use this form.

Please check out the archive of Letters to the Editor for fellow readers' comments.

Featured

  • People
    2021 Federal 100 Awards

    Announcing the 2021 Federal 100 Award winners

    Meet the women and men being honored for their exceptional contributions to federal IT.

  • Comment
    Diverse Workforce (Image: Shutterstock)

    Who cares if you wear a hoodie or a suit? It’s the mission that matters most

    Responding to Steve Kelman's recent blog post, Alan Thomas shares the inside story on 18F's evolution.

Stay Connected