Why does the U.S. government allow no-bid contracts and should we continue them.?

I'm sorry that I don't have the source for this, but I believe that Halliburton was awarded a no-bid contract for their services in Iraq. Why does the federal government allow no-bid contracts and should they be continued? Is there any advantage to allowing a no-bid contract? If so, how does it help the American people by allowing a no-bid contract? I'll give the t********s to the best answer which gives a valid reason why we should continue allowing no-bid contracts. (For those who don't know what a no-bid contract is, I believe it is when the government a contract to an individual or group/company without considering competitive bids). Thank you, Jose R for supplying the citation on Halliburton's no bid contract! There are about 4 excellent answers below. I can't decide which answer is the best, so I'm going to send this to the voters to make the decision. Excellent answers follow. NOTE TO VOTERS: please pick the answer that best explains why we use no-bid contracts rather than the one that best describes your thoughts on this issue, please!

Asked By: Searcher - 9/3/2006
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The competitive bidding process is sometimes too time consuming and, on small jobs, may even cost more than the contract itself... More
Answered By: robertminidriver - 9/3/2006
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because they are connected. It's the good old boy syndrome. it's who you know. they may award no bid contracts under the guise of security issues but that doesn't hold much water. lobbyists are doing their job I suppose.
Answered By: mel - 9/3/2006
because they have to help the people that paid for the election.
Answered By: tonythelion2003 - 9/3/2006
Here I will put the source for you
Answered By: Jose R - 9/3/2006
No- no-bid contracts should be illegal because contracts are only being awarded to buddies of the Bush Administration in order to make them rich. Look at how much Cheney and others have profited off the war already. And continue to do so.
Answered By: wizzards_23 - 9/3/2006
It's called payback for support, you don't think these company's donate big bucks to campaigns because they care who gets elected! No-bid contracts should NEVER happen, so contact your Representative!
Answered By: bubu - 9/3/2006
No, I'm not wild about it. But public bid contracts don't really guarantee fairness, and they certainly don't ensure quality. The result of many public bids is the cheapest contractor who can get a bid bond gets the job. Experience, references, etc. are rarely considered. This why we have so many disasters with... More
Answered By: I'm_Bored - 9/3/2006
No Bid contracts are for Classified and Specialized services... More
Answered By: Zaphod Beblebrox - 9/3/2006
It's corruption, plain and simple. Look at Cheney. Does anyone believe that in addition to the hundreds of millions he's had already, he's not going to get a billion dollar payoff when he's out of office? What's good for Halliburton is good for America?
Answered By: Andy - 9/3/2006
Surprise America!!! We're under DICTATORSHIP RULE! Oh, sorry didn't mean to interrupt your important world of FAST FOOD & FREE PORN.
Answered By: warstartsw/dubya - 9/3/2006
You can not complain about Halliburton being awarded a 'no bid' contract until you realize they are only one of two companies in the world that even do the work that they do. The other is a French company. Would it make a difference to know the Clinton administration was doing the same thing with regard to Halliburton... More
Answered By: scubadiver50704 - 9/3/2006
No and it's about time something is done about it .. Call your Congressperson
Answered By: 3D Farms - 9/3/2006
I have no idea why the governement allows them. (Maybe the govvernment likes getting screwed?!) Its pretty ridiculous in my opinion. Look at what FEMA recently did. After FEMA said it would reopen all of its nobid contracts and make contractors bid, FEMA changed its mind and decided not to reopen the contracts... More
Answered By: swtstrbry9 - 9/3/2006
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