back to article Hands up anyone happy with Uncle Sam's $50B IT mega-job. Anyone?

The US government's efforts to spend $50 billion on IT services continues to be hit by challenges owning to the size and complexity of the procurement. Late last month, Systems Plus, an IT consulting and services biz, was the latest among around 180 companies to complain about the procurement process, according to a protest it …

  1. An_Old_Dog Silver badge

    Technical Debt and Fairy-Magic Wands

    Things are as bad as they are due to long-term continuing neglect and complex entanglements.

    The governnment wants to throw a single, huge bag of money at a contractor, expecting someone to wave a fairy-magic wand over the mess to make all the bad go away.

    (We need a money-bags icon.)

    1. Roland6 Silver badge

      Re: Technical Debt and Fairy-Magic Wands

      Given the delivery risks, $50bn would seem to indicate who ever wins probably needs to be state-sponsored…

      The first state that comes to mind is… China…

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Technical Debt and Fairy-Magic Wands

        ... in reality there are no risks whatsoever.

        "Oops, we couldn't deliver" *after* the budget is pocketed as profit. It's as simple as that. This is basically a gift to a major corporation and the one who bribes the most, will get it.

  2. Snowy Silver badge

    Puts hand down.

    I'm not happy, I'm not getting any of that $50 billion is the reason!!

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "they can also cut smaller suppliers out of government work, eliminating competitive pressure from the market. "

    Which is the idea: Small companies can't afford to bribe with $100M, normal amount for a project of $1B, so they are excluded from the start.

    Large corporations will delay the project until it's $3B project and at least $1B of that is pure profit. Paying $100M in bribes to get the project is very, very profitable. It also means that small companies can't be allowed to compete.

  4. SnOOpy168

    Too many cooks, spoil the soup?

  5. I miss PL/1

    No Doubt

    There are a lot of DEI clauses in the RFP as well that are further compounding the problems of the bids and adding to the protests.

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