Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Let the fun begin! (Let us know your cost-cutting ideas for Virginia)

The 2009 Virginia General Assembly has begun! Legislators get to work in Richmond for the 45-day sprint of a session.

We here at the Cost Cutting Caucus will do our best to keep you in-the-know on everything happening in Richmond, but this year you can watch some of the fun yourself in both the Senate AND the House. (Session generally begins at noon daily)

As things get underway in Richmond, let us know your thoughts about this year's session and your cost-cutting ideas to help cover the budget shortfall.


  • As a state employee, I attempted to order items from an vendor at a 50-75% savings over the "approved" vendor list and was told my purchase request would be denied. I asked for an exception, which was granted. How absolutely ridiculous. Multiply this issue by the thousands of purchases made by state government and the waste is astronomical. Regardless of current economic conditions, the General Assembly should mandate that procurement staff actively seek the lowest cost identical item, whether or not the vendor is registered in the state's eVA system. That system appears to only increase the cost of government, wasting state employee time and requiring the purchase of items at uncompetitive prices.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/15/2009 12:28 PM  

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