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March 29, 2018


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Want to have a human resources melt down.... go up to any of the high schools during registration.... They make copies of both parent's drivers licenses (and kids if they have one), social security cards, shot records, health insurance information, personal health information, auto insurance information if your kid is driving to school, housing information, utility bills and whatever other docs and toss them in a big box to "file later".

If you happen by the administration office later, the box is usually tossed behind some secretaries desk. When my kids had office courtesy assignments, they'd talk about going thru those boxes and scanning them into files....the stuff they learned would curl your eyelashes.

One of my kids who had office courtesy came home one day and asked me what was supposed to happen to those papers. I told him I was pretty sure the district was obligated to shred or otherwise destroy them. Turns out they were being tossed in dumpsters.

Still not as scary as the lady at the Tax Office trying to convince me it was okay for the guy my son bought his jeep from to email her a copy of his "Enlisted Record Brief" showing where he was currently stationed in Afghanistan.... (insert big shudders here).

When I ran the BTOP project for the city, I pushed a lot of dollars, maybe $6MM thru city purchasing in a narrow time window. 90% of the time, they were great and went the extra mile for us. There was one large purchase, a microwave tower network, that was tangential to my project (I wasn't the buyer but would use the network) that is a good example of what you discuss here. And I never did understand the logic of how they awarded it other than lowest cost.

The local vendor was very qualified (he was also a prominent Dem but won't hold that against him as he's a great guy, too) but the city awarded the bid to a TN company that had never done this kind of microwave network. In the end, the TN vendor made a lot of mistakes, was not familiar with the regulations and engineering for microwave towers and dishes and it just dragged on and on.

I was glad that I built my own network and didn't rely on city IT or we would never have finished before the grant ended. There is a strategic aspect to buying local and that is developing local capacity to execute new technologies which, in this case was not accomplished. No one thinks about this when these contracts are being evaluated, either, and so El Paso just mopes along in the technology Jurassic Age.

Well done David K.

JerryK, you need to run for something.

Off topic- had to share. :D Comic relief on a Monday. Think pink!


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