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The day before yesterday, a conversation was about current procurement practices, where a lawyer from a successful law firm for procurement law was able to come up with a wonderful story. Recently, a federal state urgently had to burn millions before the end of the year and asked a law firm for help at very short notice. This also jumped in and ensured that everything can be processed according to the current procurement law.
One can well imagine that this results in a huge amount of documentation, which is digitally — paperless — prepared and stored in the law firm. When the files were to be transferred, the law firm had to print out all the documents and sort them into around 40 files, which were then handed over to the responsible office by courier.
That's really not surprising, since we still have far too many "experts" in our administrations. But what really amazed everyone involved was that a brand new scanner was procured overnight, which the said administration only occupied with scanning the paper documents.
But that was not the end of this campaign, because when scanning, the PDF format was not selected, but image files were created, which now meant that another spontaneous purchase was necessary in order to have enough storage space for the files created.
And all this became official because the responsible administration complained to the law firm about the necessary extra work and costs.
How much money could we save if we finally introduced minimum standards in our administrations. I am assuming that our administrations would then no longer need any external law firms for procurement law. As it is, we continue to have our administration solely to get very special people off the street and to place orders with private companies that would not even exist without our administration.
Today we can read once again how professional politics is slowly but surely ruining our democracy. Arne Schoenbohm, the former head of the Federal Office for Information Security, who recently because of his involvement in very opaque businesses had to resign, was not recently reported for treason, which would be quite plausible, but he will now receive the post on January 1, 2023 as head of the Federal Academy for Public Administration.
Which could now raise the question of what is actually taught at the Federal Academy for Public Administration. It is reasonable to assume that corruption, nepotism and treason are the key issues there.
Ukraine is also slowly admitting that the country has huge problems with deserters. In order to be able to continue to ensure national defense in the coming year, they are now considering introducing tougher penalties for deserters. And not a single self-righteous gender activist in our country is upset that it's only young men again!
For our federal and state governments, this is not a problem at all, since mostly only slackers are active there and the term national defense is understood more in the sense of self-enrichment and nepotism.
And we Europeans could help Ukraine here by transferring all Ukrainians between the ages of 18 and 65 back to Ukraine, with the exception of pregnant women or mothers with small children. Because Ukraine not only needs fighting troops, but also helpers and supporters throughout the country. In any case, one could send the Ukraine lists with the names of their nationals and the Ukrainian authorities then decide for themselves who they currently need for national defense.
And the money that we then save could certainly be sent to Ukraine as further financial support.
Eine andere meinung
Silke Wettach the Wirtschaftswoche speaks to me in her contribution: View from Brussels - "My conviction that little works in Germany is now very deep" from 29.12.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX wholeheartedly.
I would also like to add that if something goes wrong in Brussels, at least one German has a hand in it, according to my experience from 2012. We've all been relegated to "dilettante bureaucrats with no brains and spine" — but the very best in the world.
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