Competitive Bidding Out

Competitive Bidding Out

Donald Nelson changed the whole Army procurement policy last week. Reason: he wants to help more small firms get in on the war effort, wants the U.S. to get full advantage of their facilities.

To do so he slaughtered the Army's most sacred cow, competitive bidding. Henceforth, the Army and all other procurement agencies must place their contracts by negotiation, not by competition. Speed of delivery, says Nelson's order, not price, shall be the main consideration. Small manufacturers are to have first go at simple, standard articles. The little fellow owning suitable machinery, with minimum need for additions,...

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