Linked by robojerk on Thu 6th Jan 2011 23:15 UTC
Legal Google sued the U.S. Interior Department late last year and a judge has sided with Google. The WSJ reports that the judge of the case ruled the USID violated the Competition in Contracting Act by requiring all bids to include Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite. No word if the USID will appeal the ruling.
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RE: I'm not sure that I agree...
by jimmy1971 on Fri 7th Jan 2011 16:42 UTC in reply to "I'm not sure that I agree..."
jimmy1971
Member since:
2009-08-27

I'm all for the government being as transparent as possible to the public. And as much as I hate to admit it, the business community is an extension of the public. (An extension of -- not greater than -- the public.)

If the government just goes and handpicks a select few vendors (or just Micro$oft) to be included in the tender, then they're not serving the best interests of the taxpayers nor the business community. The government and the "chosen one(s)" thus comprise an oligarchy.

Nothing is lost by allowing more players to step up to the plate.

I'd rather have a potentially longer and more drawn out process that is marked by fairness, openness and true competition than further reinforcement of certain monopolies.

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brewmastre Member since:
2006-08-01

Yeah, actually I agree with you. From a taxpayer's perspective I suppose it's technically better to have many fairly assessed options to choose from. I guess that raised more questions though, such as:1) do they need to readjust their bidding options for every company that comes along and offers their service/product? and 2) How many bids do you draw the line at? If I remember my Air Force days correctly, they required three bids. Our government is already slow enough, I can't imagine adding any more complexity to the bid process unless the plan is to always stay 2-3 software generations behind ;)

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TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

Well, chances are that they didn't actually go to Microsoft to get the bid. They went to a reseller. And they probably did get three bids as that is normal practice. The reason why Google sued is because the bid required a Microsoft product. That's like Ford saying you can have any color you want as long as its black. There is suppose to be choice. All the bid should have done is list requirements, not products.

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