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  • There *IS* such a thing as a stupid question.

    Posted on June 24th, 2011 anna No comments

    Dear prospective government vendors:
    When in the presence of buyers, you should at a minimum know the “federal” structure of the U.S. federal, state, and local governments.  Especially in a seminar setting when you raise your hand and the whole class is listening.

    It’s ok not to know a procedure, or have a question about micro-purchase thresholds.  But do yourself a favor and learn the difference between federal and state governments, understand the differences between executive, legislative, and independent agencies.  You will spare yourself and the room the head-desk-hitting embarrassment of an inquiry such as “why don’t local governments just post their solicitations to FedBizOpps”?

    You have not only made a fool of yourself in front of the buyer, but also lost credibility with a roomful of people who may be potential partners, buyers, and resources.

    Or maybe it doesn’t bother others as much as it bothers me. Blame 6 years of law school and a modicum of respect for a federal system of government.

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