Here’s an acquisition item I can’t quite believe. From the defense.gov contract award site,
“OSI Federal Technologies Inc.,* Aldie, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,897,437 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of a minimum quantity of 750 to a maximum quantity of 2,605 commercially available laptop computers that serve as mission planning computers in the aircrafts deployed to the fleet. In addition, this contract includes 100 to 248 spare hard drives; up to 88 docking stations; and 450 carrying cases. “
If I’m reading this right, that’s $7.9M for a maximum of 2605 commercially available laptops. Commercially available means you or I could buy them. If we do the math, we get a cost of $3031 per laptop. I think we all know what laptops cost and it’s not $3031 each. Yeah, there’s some miscellaneous hard drives and whatnot but those are minuscule costs.
I’m not sure I could find a $3000 laptop even if I wanted one. It’s hard to believe they even sell them – nobody would buy one.
It's a fixed price contract. What if the government only buys the low end of 750?
Something’s wrong with this.