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Interesting idea for Recovery Act contracts

The contracting community is understandably worried about where the workforce capacity will come from to award and manage new contracts funded through the economic stimulus. It is important to get the money flowing quickly, but we all want it to be spent as wisely as possible.

After I wrote about this in an earlier blog post, reader Dan Drake -- a retired Air Force civilian contracting professional and Logistics Management Institute staffer --  sent me a message with a suggestion for creating new short-term workforce capacity. Why not temporarily assign some contracting professionals working on policy to operational contracting for Recovery Act contracting? As Dan  points out, most folks in policy shops have been in operational contracting earlier in their careers. Most are relatively experienced. Meanwhile, policy can wait for a while.

I think this is an intriguing idea, and my own reaction is a good one. Creative thinking, of the kind we want and hope for from the contracting community.

What do readers think? Any agencies want to try this out?

Posted by Steve Kelman on Mar 09, 2009 at 12:08 PM


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