It seems that FAPIIS and CO’s do not look closely enough at a contractor’’ entire record, and that they look primarily at whether the company has been caught violating the law or cheating workers on federal contracts. This makes no sense. Contractors who cheat workers or who cut corners elsewhere are just as likely to do that on a federal job if it increases their bottom line, and they should not be rewarded with more taxpayer dollars. Many state and local governments look at a contractor’s complete record (including the record of their principals and their affiliated companies) when deciding whether or not they are responsible. This makes sense. If they can do it, so can the US Government.
Idea No. 80