Tim Maher tim at consultix-inc.com
Thu Nov 18 14:09:30 CST 2004

On Thu, Nov 18, 2004 at 11:29:35AM -0800, Jay Scherrer wrote:
> Andrew,
> Is  the  SPC still in effect?
> I am asking the SPC or any interested SPUGer, if they would like to 
> work on a project involving databasing the sec's  EDGARS system.
> Jay Scherrer  

That's "EDGAR", and interested parties can learn more about 
it at: http://www.sec.gov/edgar/aboutedgar.htm
> I was just notified today that this project is open for bidding with 
> the IRS. This seems like a great job for Perl. 

Hmm.. Why would the IRS be managing the bids for a SEC contract?
Can you point us to the RFP ?

> Anyone interested in applying for this bid with me?

I'm glad to see you're looking for Perl opportunities and that
you're excited about this, but in my experience, only
established organizations with solid track records tend to get
serious consideration for important projects like this, not
just a hastily assembled band of hackers, however talented
they might be.

One avenue might be to enter a bid from SPUG itself, given its 8+
year track record of advocating Open Source (esp. Perlish)
solutions, and the impressive resumes of many of its members. I'm
sure no User Group has ever received a large government contract
before, but who knows, the political wind might just blow our way
for a change.

Maybe Bill Campbell's "Celestial Software" could be the umbrella
organization? He's got that great history of beating all the
other bidders for the City of Medina tax assessor's office
"storage/retrieval" system to his credit, with the great angle
that Bill Gates inadvertently created the competition that ended
in all the MSFT-based solutions being soundly trounced by the OSS
team. The media would love to seize on that story, given half a
chance. Sounds good to me, but what do you think?

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