[kwlug-disc] yeah, about that Canadian government open source RFI ...

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Wed Feb 18 15:08:48 EST 2009


It will be interesting to see ...

With the stimulus packages, there is tremendous pressure to get the 
cash out there, RIGHT NOW!

With such headlines, and more care intended ... will pressure from 
above to get it done keep the corners cut?

Robert P. J. Day wrote, On 02/18/2009 11:09 AM:
> On Wed, 18 Feb 2009, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
> 
>> This was on the CBC yesterday. The alleged scheme goes back to 2005.
>> So, don't think the FLOSS RFP is directly related.
>>
>> Even if the govt uses FLOSS, they will still rely on partners,
>> consultants, ...etc. So, using FLOSS (or not) can still lead to this
>> kind of corruption.
>>
>> When there is a lot of money that is not yours and little oversight,
>> these things tend to happen ... sad human reality.
> 
>   just for the record, i wasn't suggesting that that news item had
> anything to do with the recent OSS RFI, only that i'm betting a lot of
> procurement people in ottawa are suddenly going to be very, *very*
> careful about avoiding anything that looks like collusion or conflict
> of interest.



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