the thing I wanted to do but didn't know it

Do you ever hear about an analysis done with publicly available data and think-- "Yeah, lazy ass.  You could have done that but didn't.?"  No?  Ok, fine.  It's just me.  Then, none of y'all will feel bad when you read about what GovTribe is doing with procurement data from fbo.gov and usaspending.gov.  You can check out their site to see the suite of tools and reports aimed at helping government contractors make better decisions on what to bid and what to leave well enough alone.

The release that caught my eye this morning was the NAMED ranking of annoying contracting officers (COs) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted on nextgov.com.  And you thought you were having just an average, crappy Monday? You'll have to admit that it's a pretty tough day when someone has gone to the trouble to quantitatively prove that you're annoying then put out a press release*.  Love that kind of sass.

Back on topic, I dig any efforts to make the procurement process more transparent.  I've dabbled in these downloads but hadn't thought to pull them together in the way that GovTribe has. This specific analysis around COs is probably more intriguing than it is really useful but, none the less, it is intriguing.  In their defense, COs are often caught in the middle between their technical buyers and the contracting community. Clearly though, some try harder than others to rigorously enforce the process and the result can be a smoother, more fair procurement experience for all.

None the less, I'm curious to see what, if any, impact this has on the average CO psyche.  Does it incent officials to draw a harder line on deadline change requests from contractors or refuse updates from the technical staff?  The metrics might cause some unintended or undesirable behaviors. Modifications to the instructions, scope or deadlines can maddening-- except when it's you that needs them.  And, we all need them from time to time.  It'll be interesting to see. I'd love to check-out semi-annual updates on this who's who list.  Hint, hint.

In the meantime, I'm signing up now for the GovTribe app.  The information and report interface seems totally fabulous.  I'll let you know how it goes.

*Does this remind anyone else of that embarrassing site called something like "dontdatehimgirl" from years ago?