Rapid Fire 2011-10-11: Single Source MOD Contracting | Cyber-Consolidation

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* The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) reviewed its single-source contracts which account for about 40% of its total procurement. While sole sourcing often does make sense, MOD hopes to get standardized cost data from contractors to increase transparency within that contractual framework. * Under pressure because he let his friend Adam Werritty present himself as an adviser, MOD chief Liam Fox made an apologetic statement to try and clarify how events unfolded. Werritty visited Fox 22 times at the Ministry, and also met him during trips abroad. More on this: The Guardian, The Telegraph. * Recruitment headaches. Does it make sense for the MOD to award a large contract for civilian recruiters to handle Army recruitment? Meanwhile, in the US, can you touch healthcare and retirement benefits without detrimental effects on recruitment? * Some Navy contractors are losing their jobs after unfavorable background checks, without recourse or much of an explanation. It’s because of bad credit, reckons the Virginian-Pilot. * Stan Scott, executive director of the Virginia National Defense Industrial Authority, looks at what’s at stake for Virginia and the Hampton Roads region in case of significant defense cuts. An already large reliance on defense contractors is not stopping […]

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