Government Contracting Debacles Demonstrate SCM Total Incompetence

Government Contracting Debacles Demonstrate SCM Total Incompetence

  I just don’t get it…….. It boggles my mind that our government SCM department can be so inept at issuing RFPs, and drafting contracts. In fact, I can not understand how any contract can be allowed to go over 150 or 200 % over budget. Although to be clear it is not the budget that is the issue especially when they are often determined by a finance department out of touch with what the real market cost really is. The questions that need asking are: Who and how was the bid document (if there ever was one) developed? What happened during the bid process? How well defined was the scope of work? What kind of responses or questions were being asked or clarifications were being sought during the process? Any RFP and contract that has not been clear on the scope of work, deliverables, and milestone is a poorly drafted document. Additionally, if it does not contain penalties for missing deadlines is ludicrous.  Cost creep is also often a result of a poorly written scope of work that is changed during the bid process to address vendor clarification question. Worst of all is the SCM contract manager not advising the originating department managers of the potential cost increase or seeking a budget adjustment to address the changes.   Not a practice that promotes or results in clean, quantifiable bids. And a practice that always results in contract values exceeded the budget that is not accounted for in the financial record. There

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