How to win government contracts in the Obama era

posted at 9:51 am on April 11, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It goes something like this: Say, that’s a nice government-contracting business you have there.  Shame if anything happened to your income stream, huh?  Now, what would it be worth to you to make sure your bid doesn’t get dropped on the floor — and have you seen our new policy proposals on the environment and obesity?

Want to win a contract to operate concessions on federal property? Be ready to explain how your business promotes Obama administration desires like “climate friendly strategies” and the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” anti-childhood obesity effort.

Proposal documents obtained by The Daily Caller reveal that the National Park Service favors those who promote these Obama White House priorities when deciding which concessioners they will allow to operate businesses on federally owned property.

The documents outline what criteria the National Park Service considered when awarding a concessions contract for operating the Silver Gull Beach Club and Breezy Point Beach Club on federally owned land in New York this summer.

These guidelines tell bidders that the National Park Service is “interested in supporting the goals of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative.”

Oh, come on, now.  I’m sure this is just a coincidence.  After all, it’s not like the Obama administration has the federal bureaucracy spending its work time looking to provide the POTUS with press events, or anything like that.

The White House says it’s all on the up-and-up:

In an email to The Daily Caller, National Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson dismissed the notion that the Obama White House’s pet agendas are being pushed on businesses that seek concessions contracts.

“The concepts of ‘climate friendly strategies’ and ‘Let’s Move’ are consistent with legal founding and policies of concessions contracts for the NPS outside of any specific White House focus,” Olson told TheDC.

“Because the beach clubs are geared toward recreation with some food services, using the Let’s Move initiative as a baseline to generate proposals on how the potential concession providers would incorporate healthy food options and exercise-based recreation seems especially appropriate,” he added.

Well, silly us — we just assumed that the federal government would award contracts on the basis of cost efficiency and value, not “climate-friendly strategies” or whether a concessionaire adopted the First Lady’s nutritional agenda.  Obviously, cost efficiency is not the highest priority involved in federal contracting in this administration.  And while setting contract terms certainly is within the prerogative of the administration, it doesn’t mean that it provides immunity from criticism and exposure, either.


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Do y’all really beleive that @ President Romney would be doin’ this crap?
ABO!
Mitt/Somebody 2012!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Politicization, 0 , really ?. Shocked I tell you. Silly, silly us. We must be just a bunch of Tea Bagging Racists.

Bmore on April 11, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Great, my plan to open a nature park that contains live lobsters and mercury-tainted mushrooms is sure to be approved.

Bishop on April 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

The other bidders should contest. I’m pretty sure the contracting officer would have to back track.

aniptofar on April 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Let’s Move !
Where to ?

Lucano on April 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM

The focus of the U.S. Navy lately seems to be on climate change and green energy, rather than on national defense.

This is an article from something called the “Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division Public Affairs.”

This is my favorite: Climate Change
In May 2009, the Chief of Naval Operations created Task Force Climate Change to make recommendations to Navy leadership regarding policy, strategy, force structure and investments relating to the Arctic and global climate change.

This will shake up our enemies. Maybe they’ll be laughing too hard to attack us.

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=57107

NoDonkey on April 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Drudge had a story yesterday on the food served at the Monday Easter Egg Roll WH extravaganza. They served waffles, curly fries, and a bunch of other not particularly healthy fare.
Just more Obama do-as-we-say-but-not-as-we-do hypocrisy. Nothing to see folks, just move along now.

AZCoyote on April 11, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Before I read the entry, I guessed: “Advertise on your application how Awesomely Awesome Obama is”…..and gee looky, looky, I was right.

search4truth on April 11, 2012 at 10:01 AM

If “politicization” means economic fascism and thuggery, then yes. Politicization.

Gingotts on April 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Do y’all really beleive that @ President Romney would be doin’ this crap?

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Of course he would, and more.

Romney is more evil than 0bama because Romney will drag the republicans, and the TEA party, over the edge to socialism with all of them smiling.

And he will bring back 0bamacare singlehandedly

And he will appoint judges that make Kagen look like Alito.

And a bunch of other things.

Oh, and he ain’t a “natural born citizen”, so there!

cozmo on April 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Oh, and he ain’t a “natural born citizen”, so there!

cozmo on April 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM

You’ll regret getting alt going first thing out of the gate this a.m.

Bmore on April 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Dic-tators with a pic of Barry on the box instead of french fries is all I got.
-

RalphyBoy on April 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Acceleration into third world African status.

jukin3 on April 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM

And while setting contract terms certainly is within the prerogative of the administration

I would suggest we reject this assumption utterly.

Since his inauguration BHO has inculcated a cult of personality to institute by way of force of will unconstitutional czars and other regulations by fiat.

Federal regulations and contracting are supposed to be based on the law, and I do not recall anywhere in the Federal Register where micro-management of contracting is solely reliant on the President’s or his administration’s prerogative.

To assume that he has this right is to adopt a view of President as dictator, a view worthy of any third-world banana republic. And I do not think this is correct to adopt this attitude under our system of government.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on April 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM

They would NEVER make us buy broccoli, no way!! That’s just silly talk!! Darn partisans!!

daveweber on April 11, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Bmore on April 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

The regular nutballs have been so lame lately that I need the challenge.

Bring on the “C’s”.

cozmo on April 11, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Whatever happened to the medias obsession with no-bid contracts and their incessant droning about the president giving contracts to favored political allies?

NotCoach on April 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Oh, and he ain’t a “natural born citizen”, so there!

cozmo on April 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM

You’ll regret getting alt going first thing out of the gate this a.m.

Bmore on April 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I know that cozmo isn’t an irrational birther kook.
He’s just pretending that he’s Bishop this lovely AM.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

The White House says it’s all on the up-and-up

And anyone who says differently obviously hates Black people

Roy Rogers on April 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I guess (under Obama’s guidelines), setting up a gun range on federal property is out of the question?

Rovin on April 11, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Bring on the “C’s”.

cozmo on April 11, 2012 at 10:07 AM

I’m desperate. Make ‘em “D”s.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Hmmm…no kick backs to Zero’s campaign fund..

They’re doing it wrong….

BigWyo on April 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM

NoDonkey on April 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Here’s a story about some climate sanity trying to assert itself at NASA.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/04/10/hansen-and-schmidt-of-nasa-giss-under-fire-engineers-scientists-astronauts-ask-nasa-administration-to-look-at-emprical-evidence-rather-than-climate-models/

Maybe some of the scientists in the Navy (and other branches of the service) should take a hint from these people.

AZCoyote on April 11, 2012 at 10:11 AM

On one hand, I’m fairly confident this kind of thing is not new.

On the other, if somehow I ended up President I’d have everyone in the executive branch with ‘climate’ in their job title fired by the time my hand came off the book.

Yes, just that fast.

JEM on April 11, 2012 at 10:11 AM

NoDonkey on April 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM

My brother-in-law is a former Squid officer. It might be interesting to hear his take on this.
Actually-I think I already KNOW what his take is.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

AZCoyote on April 11, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I liked that. Chris Kraft v Jim Hanson, no contest.

cozmo on April 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Fascism. Plain and simple fascism.

rbj on April 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM

National Parks Menu:

Hot Dog………….$30.00
Hamburger………..$30.00
Arugula Sandwich….$8.00

PatriotRider on April 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Actually-I think I already KNOW what his take is.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Don’t be so quick on the draw there YTex.

The Navy is getting extra funding to play with this stuff and they are throwing a few other things into the mix.

An annoying little fish told me.

cozmo on April 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM

“First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative”….I support that. She and the entire family can move back to Chicago, Hawaii or where ever they came from!

silvercreeklady on April 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Obama and his family are just so attractive and likeable! You would be fine with this and with Obama and his crew politicizing every single aspect of the federal government, Chicago-style, unless you have some kind of problem with black people.

DBear

novaculus on April 11, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I’m going to start a company that slims down fat kids so that they will fart less which will prevent the hole in the ozone layer. You know those fat kids fart so much they tore a hole in the atmosphere!

jeffn21 on April 11, 2012 at 10:23 AM

jeffn21 on April 11, 2012 at 10:23 AM

That proves you are a lefty.

A righty would start a company that captures that gas and then sells it to power the planet.

cozmo on April 11, 2012 at 10:26 AM

“First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative”….I support that. She and the entire family can move back to Chicago, Hawaii or where ever they came from!

silvercreeklady on April 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Considering the jug-eared bastard’s determination to make the United States into a third world nation, I say we follow tradition of third world nations and send ousted leaders to some other country in exile. I don’t really care where. Perhaps Indonesia where Obama can reconnect with old friends and introduce his fat-bottomed wife and brats into the faith of his childhood.

Happy Nomad on April 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Politicization, Ed? Really? Easy for you to say! Oh,wait…

eeyore on April 11, 2012 at 10:32 AM

NoDonkey on April 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Here’s a story about some climate sanity trying to assert itself at NASA.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/04/10/hansen-and-schmidt-of-nasa-giss-under-fire-engineers-scientists-astronauts-ask-nasa-administration-to-look-at-emprical-evidence-rather-than-climate-models/

Maybe some of the scientists in the Navy (and other branches of the service) should take a hint from these people.

AZCoyote on April 11, 2012 at 10:11 AM

It has to be about promotions. Put “green” initiatives into your two-star FITREP and you can put on that extra star.

Pay attention to war fighting and you can stay a Rear Admiral.

NoDonkey on April 11, 2012 at 10:34 AM

OK, hang on a sec.

First, if proposals were scored on a basis other than evaluation factors in Section M (typically) of the RFP, it’s protestable. Period. Contracting officers hate that because it can tie up awards forever and the program people b***h at them for the delays.

Second, the NPS is an Executive Branch Agency, it’s allowed to promote Administration policy. In fact it’s expected to.

Third, not trying to engage in tu quoque here but just as one example, 43′s HUD Secretary Jackson used to steer contracts.

DrSteve on April 11, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I never thought I would witness the day when a political party so corrupt gets a pass from a do nothing Congress. The march toward Socialism has to be stopped. This is one very evil admistration.

karlinsync on April 11, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Lucano on April 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Hey, that’s my campaign slogan! If Obama’s reelected – let’s move!

katablog.com on April 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM

OR, Owe could use this as a campaign slogan. He turns to Moochelle and says “let’s move”! The American people would applaud.

katablog.com on April 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM

National Parks Menu:

Hot Dog………….$30.00
Hamburger………..$30.00
Arugula Sandwich….$8.00
OweBama …….$ Priceless

PatriotRider on April 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

FIFY

katablog.com on April 11, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I’m sure that a couple of big campaign contributions would also grease some wheels.

GarandFan on April 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM

First, if proposals were scored on a basis other than evaluation factors in Section M (typically) of the RFP, it’s protestable. Period. Contracting officers hate that because it can tie up awards forever and the program people b***h at them for the delays.

DrSteve on April 11, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Absolutely correct! All government RFPs contain the statement of work to be performed and the evaluation factors for proposals. And they must comply with the FARs (Federal Acqisition Regulations). Any deviation from those evaluation factors will result in protests of awards. I’ve been sitting on a large government contract award for the last year while GAO resolves yet another protest of the award!

Trafalgar on April 11, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Let’s Move! – Zero out of the White House and into some socialist worker’s paradise country where he can be happy and appreciated for how truly great he is…

ghostwalker1 on April 11, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Do y’all really beleive that @ President Romney would be doin’ this crap?
ABO!
Mitt/Somebody 2012!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Actually, I don’t believe he’d lift a finger to prevent the runaway bureaucracy from doing such things.

MNHawk on April 11, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Oh, come on now.

Everyone knows the Obama administration graft machine has its hand out for every dime they can squeeze out of Americans. The price varies, depending on the kind of money federal contracts demand. Big contracts – big donations to the boss’s re-election scheme. Medium, and small contracting – payoffs proportionate. Just like Chicago.

dockywocky on April 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM

SORT OF OT … Another cost of going green …

OOPS !

pambi on April 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM

katablog ,
I’ll give you the slogan . LOL
Got any ideas on the destination ?

Lucano on April 11, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I think they mean “global warming is manmade” when they say “climate friendly” and I wonder when they got “legal founding” for that. Did Al Gore invent it?

The concepts of ‘climate friendly strategies’ and ‘Let’s Move’ are consistent with legal founding and policies

shanimal on April 11, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Pay to play. It’s the Chicago way.

Every use of public funds this regime makes is calculated to finance the left’s infrastructure.

petefrt on April 11, 2012 at 11:39 AM

cozmo on April 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM

My brother-in-law is more conservative than I am. He LOATHES Obama.
THAT’S why I know what he’s gonna say.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Hopefully Michelles “Let’s Move” campaign will be Mayflower Vans outside the White House in Jan 2013.

buckeyerich on April 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM

S L U T S !
Pay me!

KOOLAID2 on April 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Got any ideas on the destination ?

Lucano on April 11, 2012 at 11:20 AM

If me, any non-fascist country will do. If Owe, I think Indonesia, Kenya and China would better appreciate him.

katablog.com on April 11, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Katablog ,
Crap , that leaves Italy out !
( nice blog you got there )

Lucano on April 11, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Ask not what I can do for bundlers, ask what bundlers can do for me.

burt on April 11, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Barack Hussein Capone.

Need I say more?

fogw on April 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Write a check with a lot of zeros made out to Obumbo.

aposematic on April 11, 2012 at 4:27 PM