LOL: How Contracts Are Awarded In Washington DC

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. One is from Chicago, another is from Tennessee, and the third is from Minnesota.

All three go with a White House official to examine the fence. The Minnesota contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil.

“Well,” he says, “I figure the job will run about $9,000. $4,000 for materials, $4,000 for my crew, and $1,000 profit for me.”

The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, “I can do this job for $7,000. $3,000 for materials, $3,000 for my crew, and $1,000 profit for me.”

The Chicago contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, “$27,000.” The official, incredulous, says, “You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?”

The Chicago contractor whispers back, “$10,000 for me, $10,000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence.” “Done!” replies the government official.

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