I have never been a fan of contractor bashing.
I believe there is nothing wrong with making a profit. I do not believe that contractors typically spend their days dreaming up ways to cheat the government. Indeed, I even believe that many contractor employees and managers believe deeply in the missions of organizations they work for, and get satisfaction from helping citizens and society through their organizations’ efforts — an observation I discussed a while back in a blog based on an informal conversation at a Coalition for Government Procurement event.
Having said that, I was a strong advocate even when in government 20 years ago for bringing more suppliers who primarily sold to the commercial marketplace into government contracting. Indeed, at a strategic level one of the main thrusts of the procurement reform efforts of the 1990s was to reduce barriers to entry for commercial firms created by government procurement rules — both in terms of the complexity of the process and some government oversight requirements that were burdensome or expensive for contractors to comply with.
Keep reading this post at: https://fcw.com/blogs/lectern/2017/07/kelman-microconsulting.aspx