Steven Brill (journalist) Quotes

In theory, the rules are strict enough to preclude all discretion that might corrupt the process. In practice they enable misguided, unsure, stubborn, or biased procurement officials to justify any decision.

 
Context
There are 207,000 procurement personnel in the government who are required to follow the 1,600 page FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations) guidelines and, in the case of the DoD, the 1,600+ page D-FARS overlay to the FAR covering military contracting.
Citations

Steven Brill (journalist), “Donald Trump, Palantir, and the crazy battle to clean up a multibillion-dollar Military procurement swamp,” Fortune, April 1, 2017


Steven Brill (journalist)
Steven Brill (journalist)
  • Born: August 22, 1950
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Author, Journalist, Attorney

Steven Brill, born in Queens, New York, is an American lawyer and journalist-entrepreneur. He is a graduate of Deerfield Academy, Yale College (B.A., 1972), and Yale Law School (J.D., 1975). In October 1978, Brill published his first book <i>The Teamsters</i>. In 1979, Brill launched <i>The American Lawyer</i>, a monthly magazine covering the business of law firms and lawyers across the U.S. and around the world. Among its early contributors were Jill Abramson and Jim Cramer. The magazine is well known for its surveys including the Am Law 100, a ranking of the top 100 law firms. The magazine covered the rise and subsequent precipitous collapse of the law firm of Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Underberg, Manley, Myerson & Casey in 1987.

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