Official alibi for rotten contractors
Between the lines
What Don Gordon, procurement policy official is saying is that the supply chain is weak in alternatives. Even when a contractor is grossly deficient, the military might have to tolerate them because procurement has failed to produce a back-up.
“Automatic debarments not the answer in a war-zone, White House official warns
Senior administration official says agencies should consider each case on its own merit
Feb 28, 2011
Dan Gordon, the top federal procurement policy official, today warned a commission looking at contracting in war zones against making one-size-fits-all recommendations to toughen punishments on contractors.
Testifying before the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gordon, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, said contractors are working in different circumstances and real-life situations, and those conditions should play a part in how the government deals with problems.
He is concerned about the commission’s recommendation to require agencies to suspend or debar companies accused of wrongdoing. In its latest report released Feb. 24, the commission proposed making suspensions mandatory for a predetermined amount of time against companies because of contract-related indictments. The recommendation would remove the discretion of the suspension and debarment official, according to the report.”