Many folks are appalled at the news Congress is set to change the rules in how subcontract dollars to small business are counted. Based on a Washington Business Journal article, SAIC CEO Tony Moraco is not one of them. In fact he is an ardent supporter of this action as he helped drive it and he and his shareholders will benefit from it, tremendously. That’s the ‘punching down‘ I referred to in a previous piece.
The posting of ‘Congress Set to Screw Small Contractors‘ on LinkedIn has generated good conversation from around the government contracting community from in and out of Government and professionals at small and large companies.
One comment, however, did rise to the surface for all the wrong reasons. John Oliver of SAIC in San Diego wanted to know why agencies had to make awards to “three-legged purple people” and not just the best qualified bid. Here’s that exchange.
In addition, one of the points I hope Mr. Oliver will see through his clouded lenses is the fact of the dollars awarded to small business, more of those obligations make it to them without the use of set-asides and sole-source awards and that does not include subcontract dollars.
Are you one of the “three-legged purple people” John Oliver of SAIC is referring to in his comment?
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”