Letter: Time to get real about brand name specs

Regarding "Use of brand names in solicitations still a problem," I would like to think that the policy writers take into consideration that, with the limited resources and technical knowledge base, it is far more easy for customers to list an Electronic Bill of Materials, say of 100 items, for which the brand name is simply being used as a benchmark for the specifications of components/products. However, customers do continue to at least use "brand name or equal" in their solicitations. To do otherwise, could lead to overlooking key specifications in the event that new policy forced the removal of the brand name of components and products in request for quotes.  IT vendors are in a far better position to recognize equal and compatible products to satisfy the customer's needs. I believe the policy writers need to get their head of out the closet, realize technical support is limited for the added market research for getting specifications and ensuring nothing is overlooked, not to mention the timeliness of getting the RFQs submitted to vendors and obtaining a solution that best meets the customer's needs. I agree brand name is an issue and probably often abused. But the article seems to [suggest] that "or equal" is being scrutinized and may not be an option in future RFQs. That would be absurd in my opinion.


Anonymous


What do you think? Post a comment (registration required) or send your comment to letters@fcw.com and we will post it for you.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.