Monday, March 10, 2008

Waxman

Breaking news: Rep. Waxman has a backbone! No kidding! All this time I thought the man was just an ugly mug who earned his chairmanship after sticking around longer than most Democrats would have liked. Guess not since today he is calling for a Blackwater investigation. Finally.

1 comment :

lloyd chapman said...

Here is another one, why was GTSI listed a small business for this multi-million dollar award "Adobe Acrobat Software Maintenance Renew"?

http://www.fedspending.org/fpds/fpds.php?reptype=r&database=fpds&record_id=8109177&detail=3&datype=T&sortby=i

Did you know the former Clinton appointee Steven Kelman, who was the Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy from 1993 to 1997, went to work for GTSI after he left. That is the same GTSI has been found to abuse Federal Small business contracting. (NYT - http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/06/business/06sba.html).

To this day GTSI continues to receive small business contracts. Federal small business contracting fraud cost US small business billions of dollars per year.

Since Mr. Kelman's departure from the Clinton administration he has issued interesting public statements opposing reform in federal contract bundling. Keep in mind he is Professor of Public Management Harvard's Kennedy School, a registered lobbyist and works for GTSI.

In 2002, Mr. Kelman stated, "The percentage of prime contract business going to small businesses is higher than it was in 1993 (before procurement reform), by several percentage points. In general, I don't see much evidence in the data that (the system) is broken." (http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/summary_0199-1957417_ITM)

Additional resources

Pogo blog
http://pogoblog.typepad.com/pogo/2007/04/gutting_governm.html

Kelman background
http://www.fcw.com/columnists

NYT blog
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/government-inc/2007/07/procurement_debate_goes_feline_1.html

GTSI Kelman Bio
http://investor.gtsi.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=116604&p=irol-govBio&ID=58294

Senator Kerry's comments on contracting
http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/jul2006/sb20060726_786902.htm