I just received yet another comical RFP request from yet another local government, playing the "CYA Game", this time in Florida. This time, we have no less than 29 Procurement Service Providers and Electronic Sourcing Tools providers in the "To:" field of the unsolicited email.

Today, we are greeted with a 23 page word document that explains insurance liabilities you must carry as well as authorization for background checks, employment checks and everything else you could possibly not want to fill out. And the real kicker: The proposal is asking for someone to provide e-sourcing solutions for FREE.

The funny thing is, my organization, Source One, actually does have an assortment of free solutions that could benefit them greatly.  However, I am not going to spend 3 hours filling out paperwork and doing everything short of giving away my first born to get someone to use them.

This method of "RFP" needs to stop.  We all know full well that you have already selected a provider and are just going through the "legal" steps to C.Y.A.; but please don't waste my bandwidth with your innefficiency.   This is one more fine example of a broken procurement process and uncontrolled spending problem within our government.

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William Dorn

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  1. Shocked and SaddenedMarch 28, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    CYA means Cover Your Ass. How offensive!