Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Contraction Retraction

Back in March, I wrote about a loophole in an anti-fraud bill that would have excluded contracts enacted overseas (where our nation-building goes on) from having that law applied to them.

On April 3, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced legislation to close the loophole and the administration has since closed it on their own.

Although, they could have kept the reasoning to themselves:

A Bush administration official on Monday called the loophole "a drafting error" that happened when policy writers merely cut and pasted a 20-year-old Defense Department regulation into the contracting crackdown. As required under government guidelines, the updated draft calls for public comment about the new effort to close the loophole.

That's how you write a term paper, not a legal document. But, either way, a positive development and they deserve sarcastic golf claps all around.

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