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Subject:  Big Trouble in River City Date:  10/14/2013  3:45 PM
Author:  307wolverine Number:  701202 of 876034

I know that this article has been posted before, but I just want to share this section of the story:

A round-the-clock effort is under way, with the government leaning more heavily on the major contractors, including the United States subsidiary of the Montreal-based CGI Group and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Your humble narrator has had 21 years of experience dealing with Uncle Sam and he has been "leaned on" more than once to force the square peg in the round hole. "Leaning on" consists bureaucrats micromanaging you and expecting up to the second updates to relay up the chain. Only successful reports are expected and in an effort to avoid the powers-that-be from killing the messenger, the higher ups will be told what they want to hear.

They'll set their desired milestones and demand that reality conform to their time table. In my experience some milestones will be achieved easily, and some will take time as you find more glitches than you thought. Since this is an interactive system, bottlenecks will arise and people will be forced to cut corners to ensure the desired level of progress.

I don't see this ending well.
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