Great piece over at the Reg covering the attempts of the Obama TIGR team to employ Web 2.0 services. There are some good examples given, as in the case cited below, where we glimpse the natural proclivity of the bureaucrat to enforce rules before realizing they no longer apply.
The first thing McLaughlin ran into was the government’s acquisition and procurement rules, which apply to almost anything the government might purchase or make use of. The rules require competitive bidding. “It raises the question: ‘If the government wants to use a free online service like Flicker or Facebook or YouTube, does it have to go through a competitive bidding process?'” McLaughlin says.
“Even though these apps are free, they’re part of a competitive market, so presumably the answer is ‘Yes.’