The Wall PFBM and government at work. Yeah!

PFBM= Paid for by Mexico. That means, we are all Mexicans! :sweat_smile:

OK. This is something affecting our economy. The irrational tantrum of a toddler in chief is going to cost us bigly.

This message or topic is for my dear friends working for the government who may pitch in to make observations,
or those who swear and mumble jumble against the government, of course, if it’s a democratic one because when their party is in the white house, same as the worthless congress holds a majority, they both don’t exist, that’s for sure. ?

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Government officials wanted all proposals submitted in 12 days. During that time, they added seven amendments to their original requests for proposals – which were already more than 130 pages – containing hundreds of answers to questions. Then, with hours before the deadline, they decided to give companies another week to submit bids but still limited all proposals to 10 pages. Each winner would be awarded up to $300 million over the next five years.

:sweat_smile::smile:---------------> "This shows me the government still does not know what they want, is still developing specifications and spending a great deal of money trying to figure out what they want to do," said Patrick Malyszek, who runs a consulting firm for government contractors called M3 Federal and has over 35 years of experience working with federal contracts. “The more questions you get is a direct indication that there is something wrong with the procurement relative to the design or expectations.”

Ultimately, six companies were chosen to build a total of eight border wall prototypes. But experts and companies who submitted bids agreed – the border wall bidding process was rushed, and qualified candidates may have been overlooked for the sake of speed. One company says it’s taking the government to court.

"It seemed more like an effort to get something done in a certain time frame and take credit for moving the border wall idea along, and make good on a campaign promise, than on getting or soliciting ideas that may be in the best interest of government taxpayers," said Scott Amey, General Counsel for the watchdog nonprofit Project on Government Oversight.

For a project of this scope, these page limits and short deadlines were “not reasonable,” said Malyszek, the government contract consultant. The proposals submitted with these constraints couldn’t give CBP a full understanding of what each company was capable of, Malyszek said, which could have led CBP to choose less qualified businesses over more qualified ones to build the prototypes.

“You don’t have enough to review costs, past performance and no way to verify the work can be done by that contractor,” he said. “They could’ve gotten more qualified contractors and probably a lot better pricing too.”

In 2006, President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act to construct hundreds of miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security completed about 649 miles of fencing through 2011.

Back then, the process of awarding contracts and constructing fences was slower and clearer. <-------- :scream::face_with_monocle:

Secure Fence Act construction was overseen with the help of the Army Corps of Engineers, a federal agency founded in 1802 with a long history of leading infrastructure projects. But this time, CBP is the only agency running Trump’s border wall project, and bidders have questioned why that is. <------ :crazy_face::sob::sob::sob::sob: I know how to fix everything, right?

"This is not a normal piece of construction. This is epicthis is the biggest piece of construction on the planet," said Michael Evangelista-Ysasaga, CEO of the Penna Group, which submitted two border wall proposals. "The Corps is filled top to bottom with engineers. They’ve done projects really close to this in magnitude and scope… I know Army Corps of Engineers would’ve never made the same mistakes or succumbed to political pressure."

The GAO dismissed that protest, but Evangelista-Ysasaga says his company is going to sue the federal government for the money he thinks it would’ve received if it were awarded the contract – a total of $60 million. :see_no_evil: