Fighter battle could affect contracting professionals
Contracting professionals are generally a "good government" kind of crowd, who believe contracting policies and actions should be determined by the general interests of the government and the citizens, rather than pressure from special or regional interests. This is why most contracting professionals have an instinctive suspicion of various kinds of "socio-economic" programs that seek to use the contracting system for promoting any agenda other than getting the best value for taxpayers.
This is why the contracting community has a stake in the administration's push to cut back on additional purchases of the F-22 aircraft
, a battle pending in Congress now. Most impartial observers agree that, especially in a tight budget environment, the F-22 doesn't represent the best use of available defense procurement funds. Predictably -- this is of course as old as the hills in appropriations issues -- members of Congress from districts where parts of the F-22 is produced are fighting back.
Winning this battle would be a victory for good contracting policy -- and would hopefully have implications for other contracting areas where the public interest is up against special interests. Since I'm no longer in the government, I can even urge blog readers to contact your member of Congress on this issue!
On a completely different topic: somewhat (though not completely) unnoticed in the US media, Facebook has been blocked in China since the recent unrest in Xinjiang province. I have gotten several emails from Chinese Facebook friends about this -- and two messages from Facebook friends in China who have used proxy servers or other technology (one Facebook friend from China referred mysteriously to "a fantastic software" he had used) to get around the Great Firewall of China. It is becoming increasingly hard for the Chinese government to keep people from using the Internet.
Posted by Steve Kelman on Jul 16, 2009 at 12:08 PM