Friday, January 15, 2010

Federal Computers "Last Century"?

You be the judge. The Examiner reports:

Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orzag told a group of business leaders today that the federal government is inefficient because its employees have more advanced computers at home than they do at their offices.

Are you all teary-eyed yet?

Go to and click on the "Spending" tab, then from the drop-down menu that appears, click on "Contracts." Then in the search box, enter the word "Computer" with or without the quotation marks.

The first time I entered it without the quotation marks and got back a list of 447 companies having the word "Computer" in their names and that have contracts to sell to the federal government in 2009. Total value of those contracts is more than $46 billion.

1 comment:

GOR said...

That reminds me of an expression of my mother's: "A bad workman always blames his tools".

When I worked in IT procurement there were always those who wanted the latest and greatest in PCs. As soon as a new model came out they had to have it. Their excuse for this? It would make them 'more productive'...

That was a load of crap back then - and so is Orzag's comment now.