The U.S. government has granted contracts worth as much as $25 billion as it races to address the COVID-19 public health crisis. NPR reviewed a database of thousands of contracting actions and found more than 250 companies that got contracts worth more than $1 million without going through a fully competitive bidding process.
In U.S. Scramble To Fight Pandemic, Contracts Given Without Full Competition : NPR
Between this and the story that the Treasury Department won’t release the names of companies getting PPP loans, it’s almost like the same people who demand welfare and SNAP reform on the grounds of “waste” and “fraud” aren’t actually as committed to financial responsibility as they claim to be.
Not hampering innovation is a laudable goal, but when it comes to technology with this much potential for misuse I’m cool with some roadblocks slowing things down. And more input from ethicists and others from the humanities wouldn’t hurt, either.
Source: The White House’s new artificial intelligence guidelines urge regulators not to hurt innovation – Vox
That plan to defund angencies to the point of being completely ineffective, at which point there’s popular outcry to do away with it entirely, continues apace.
Source: Underfunded IRS struggles to send refunds, answer calls | PBS NewsHour
Not that I don’t support farmers, but apparently it’s not “socialism” if it’s the redistribution of public funds to people you like and who presumably like you.
Source: Farmers Got Billions From Taxpayers In 2019, And Hardly Anyone Objected : The Salt : NPR
Cool that using lawsuits to intimidate regulators is something that’s allowed.
Source: Companies to their regulators: See you in court – Axios