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house Bill H.R. 505

Does DHS Need to Comply With Federal Acquisition Policies In Obtaining Border Security Technology?

Argument in favor

It should be a given that a federal agency must comply with federal acquisition policies, but considering that acquisitions by DHS have been found to be at high risk of waste, fraud, and abuse this bill would increase accountability and transparency.

Kate's Opinion
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01/30/2017
A wall we do not want is going to be built because of politicians that won't provide any transparency or disclose conflicts of interest. You better believe I want more oversight.
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Peter's Opinion
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01/30/2017
Programs like the proposed wall need MORE oversight to minimize misappropriation of funds, not less oversight.
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William's Opinion
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01/31/2017
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) is, and should remain the Governing document for all Federal Acquisitions. It protects the Taxpayer from waste Fraud and abuse of tax money. If Contracts providing protection for Nuclear Weapons are subject to this regulation, then Multiple year, multiple billion dollar construction projects for any other reasons should also be subject to the same Regulation.
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Argument opposed

Cost overruns happen in all federal agencies, they aren’t a problem specific to DHS. Besides, DHS is already work on getting its accounting standards up to par with other agencies.

Wyatt's Opinion
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01/30/2017
Until a cost analysis is provided why would one even considering voting on this?
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Emmalee's Opinion
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01/31/2017
Isn't this what the wall our leader wants so badly is for?
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Gail's Opinion
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01/31/2017
there're already many millions being spent on this issue. The departments should work smarter, not bigger.
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    A wall we do not want is going to be built because of politicians that won't provide any transparency or disclose conflicts of interest. You better believe I want more oversight.
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    Until a cost analysis is provided why would one even considering voting on this?
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    Programs like the proposed wall need MORE oversight to minimize misappropriation of funds, not less oversight.
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    The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) is, and should remain the Governing document for all Federal Acquisitions. It protects the Taxpayer from waste Fraud and abuse of tax money. If Contracts providing protection for Nuclear Weapons are subject to this regulation, then Multiple year, multiple billion dollar construction projects for any other reasons should also be subject to the same Regulation.
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    If Federal acquisitions procedure is a law, then follow its Statutes. But I'm sure someone should be kept accountable.
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    In this political climate, I want more oversight and more transparency because I do not trust the new administration.
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    Policies should apply equally to all agencies
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    Procurement procedures should protect the public interest, do not let the cowboys run wild. Border security needs to be cost efficient and effective.
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    Isn't this what the wall our leader wants so badly is for?
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    There is no reason for DHS to evade proper Federal purchasing rules. Or to have accounting systems that meet Federal standards.
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    there're already many millions being spent on this issue. The departments should work smarter, not bigger.
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    Superficially this looks good, but it fails to provide funding. This seems like it may be an effort to undermine programs under the guise of fiduciary responsibility.
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    The DHS must follow the same rules as all other government agencies especially in regard to their acquisition of technology assets. We must not allow rules to be peeled back simply to avoid regulation. This makes the rule breaking tactics of Donald Trump that much easier by simply removing the rules. Please vote to uphold federal regulations made to safeguard your constituents from authoritarian leaders.
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    Absolutely they do. Federal Contracting professionals have to abide to the Federal Acquisition Regulation FAR (look it up) and it is there for a multitude of purposes, one being to ensure they don't abuse and misuse taxpayer dollars and two, to promote and ensure competition to the maximum extent practicable. There are actually supplemental documents for different agencies and departments to the FAR. Come on now. A lot of us need to wake up and understand our Constitution and how Government is supposed to work. This administration is taking us down a corrupt and dangerous path quickly.
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    The federal government should already have IG officials who monitor waste, fraud, and abuse of federal funds. This bill mentions a lot of buzz words that seem like it's saying something, but doesn't give any specifics. It's vague and doesn't provide a cost analysis. Go back, do the homework, and start from scratch.
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    DHS spending needs to be reigned in and subject to the same oversight as other federal entities. I don't like the idea of my money being potentially wasted because the proper controls were not in place.
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    We the people are about to be spending a lot of our money (not Meixcos) at the border. We should at least get to see what we're buying
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    I'm all for Congressional oversight of bloated federal agencies like DHS. And I particularly like the fact that this legislation would not authorize any additional appropriations to carry out the tasks required of DHS, meaning the agency must use existing funding to comply with this legislation.
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    The DHS is a federal agency that should comply with federal regulations and not run on its own without any checks and balances
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    When I run 30% over with my budget either I'm a poor record keeper, getting ripped off &/or misrepresenting figures. Regardless, I have to answer to someone. So, when this started happening at the Dept. of Homeland Security, statutes were put in place b/c DHS lacked accountability, oversight & DHS has/had been costing taxpayers 30% more than Congress budgeted.
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