So the other day a lawyer comes to a
networking event to rustle up some potential business. During the
introductions the lawyer describes the work they do in support of
government contractors ranging from FAR compliance and intellectual
property issues to teaming agreements and bid protests. "In fact!" the
lawyer exclaimed, "If you are the incumbent we can help you file a bid
protest to hang on to your
work for an additional three and a half months while the
government sorts it out!"
In other words, it
doesn't matter if there is true justification to protest, let's just do
it to hang on to the work a little longer?
THAT is exactly what is wrong with the
mentality of a lot of folks in this business. If you can't beat 'em,
litigate them to death. Don't worry about the government workers and
contractors on the front line providing citizen services or defending
our country, they can get by without that new solution or platform
anyway! Heck, it would only save the government a bunch of man hours or maybe a few lives. It's not
Oh, and the taxpayers, the heck with them too! We can
always throw more money at it. Right?
I mean, a senseless protest
will only eat up the program budget and potentially set the government
back months or years if not kill the program entirely.