posted on Jun, 4 2008 @ 11:56 AM
This is one of the things that has always bugged me about the whole outsourcing issue - accountability.
Where government spending of taxpayer money is involved, there should be an independent publicly staffed oversight body, with people who have no
business connections and are thus untainted by the sheer corruption we see today.
I have seen this in the UK where an outsourced company, on a ministry of defence contract was charging over £3K for a standard desktop Pc that could
be had direct from Dell for about £500 - £600 (possibly less after bulk buying was taken into account). The difference from a standard non MoD Pc?
Absolutely nothing except the MoD stamp of approval.
Now, I know companies have to make a profit but the line has to be drawn somewhere and, as a taxpayer, I object to getting ripped off while someone in
the government procurement process or a senior civil servant or MP takes a backhander.
Just think of the £millions (£Billions?) that could be saved in a year with the proper oversight and management of the money.