HHS Screws the Pooch

It seems a fairly simple exercise:

1. Describe in an RFP how you will evaluate the proposals.
2. Evaluate the proposals that way.

Well, you’d be amazed how many times the government can’t seem to follow that little list. Here’s the latest. What is so disturbing about this kind of protest is that the CO must have known 10 seconds after opening the protest that they screwed up. They could have redone the RFP or gone out for another round of proposals, or whatever. But the CO toughed it out. He stuck with an obviously flawed evaluation, crossed his fingers and hoped the GAO wouldn’t notice. Well, it didn’t work. Hey, everybody makes mistakes. But this arrogance in not recognizing the mistake and subjecting the agency to this kind of embarrassment is hard to forgive.

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