Samuel Pepys's procurement principles for defence chiefs [Guardian story]
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Around 350 years ago, the famous diarist, MP and English naval adminstrator, Samuel Pepys, wrote in his diary that a man had come to his door with an envelope containing several gold coins from a potential contractor. Pepys had asked his servant if the contractor was a reliable one. The servant had assured him that he was, so the gift was accepted.
I was reminded of Pepys's principle that he only received payments from reliable contractors by the explanations of Admiral Trevor Soar, Lieutenant General Richard Applegate, a former head of army procurement, and Lord Stirrup, a former chief of the defence staff, that in effect they lobbied only if they were satisfied that the equipment was of suitable quality.[ ...more ] http://www.guardian.co.uk/public-leaders-network/2012/oct/16/samuel-pepys-procurement-defence-chiefs?newsfeed=true