Thursday, July 31, 2008

And Yet Again

Is the lesson of the last six years that we need less regulation and oversight of government contracting?

Sen. Collins would have you believe that it is:

A Senate committee Wednesday approved a bill to extend the Homeland Security Department's authority to contract for specialized research and development without going through regular procurement regulations.


Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs ranking member Susan Collins, R-Maine, who sponsored the bill, said it would provide "an important, alternative procurement strategy for research and development programs."

The idea, she said, is to accelerate prototyping of break-through technologies by companies that have not generally done business with the government. These firms are usually smaller and less able to handle multiple government regulations, she said.
Translation: More money for the Howe brothers. Less money for programs that actually protect the homeland.

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