Government Abuse: Fraud, Waste, and Incompetence in Awarding Contracts in the United States (Hardback)
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Government Abuse: Fraud, Waste, and Incompetence in Awarding Contracts in the United States (Hardback)

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Hardback 249 Pages / Published: 30/05/2014
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Government contracting is plagued by nefarious, amateurish, and criminal behavior. By awarding government contracts to corporations as compensation for lavish gifts and personal favors, the United States government fails to serve the public interest effectively and honestly. William Sims Curry identifies and categorizes multiple deficiencies in how government contractors are selected, and proposes how reforms can be instituted.

This book is based on extensive research. Curry sifted through two years worth of contractor claims maintained by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding improper behavior of federal government agencies during the contract award process. He identified additional government contracting failures through review of media stories, inspector general reports, court cases, and press releases by government investigatory agencies.

Much of this abuse originates from the mandated but ineffective practice of color coding rating proposals and a subjective ratings system. Curry proposes replacing the current practice with a scoring system that weighs contractor selection criteria according to the government's needs. This, along with the other procurement reforms Curry recommends, offers promise for an alternative to the fraud, waste, and incompetence currently rampant in government contracting.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781412853712
Number of pages: 249
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"William Sims Curry is a modern day Bob Woodward as he goes deeply into the abuses and incompetency of the federal procurement system. Well documented by authenticated references to actual cases, this book will make you think twice about the power of government and how it spends our tax money."

--Lee Schuh, UCLA Extension


"A careful, technical analysis of the flaws in the contracting process, especially relating to the Department of Defense, and, more importantly, how that process could be fixed. In the midst of all the outrageous examples of FIWA ("fraud, incompetence, waste and abuse") Curry shows it doesn't have to be this way. . . . May this book be widely read in high places."

--Dan Barnett, Paradise Post


"William Sims Curry is a modern day Bob Woodward as he goes deeply into the abuses and incompetency of the federal procurement system. Well documented by authenticated references to actual cases, this book will make you think twice about the power of government and how it spends our tax money."

--Lee Schuh, UCLA Extension


"A careful, technical analysis of the flaws in the contracting process, especially relating to the Department of Defense, and, more importantly, how that process could be fixed. In the midst of all the outrageous examples of FIWA ("fraud, incompetence, waste and abuse") Curry shows it doesn't have to be this way. . . . May this book be widely read in high places."

--Dan Barnett, Paradise Post


-William Sims Curry is a modern day Bob Woodward as he goes deeply into the abuses and incompetency of the federal procurement system. Well documented by authenticated references to actual cases, this book will make you think twice about the power of government and how it spends our tax money.-

--Lee Schuh, UCLA Extension


-A careful, technical analysis of the flaws in the contracting process, especially relating to the Department of Defense, and, more importantly, how that process could be fixed. In the midst of all the outrageous examples of FIWA (-fraud, incompetence, waste and abuse-) Curry shows it doesn't have to be this way. . . . May this book be widely read in high places.-

--Dan Barnett, Paradise Post

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