For government folks, a lot of them, this is very much uncharted territory. They’re used to having a blank checkbook and getting what they want. Now they are just in a very awkward environment.
When states and the federal government declared emergencies for the COVID-19 pandemic, they were able to expedite purchasing, but they didn’t include any provisions for a centralized purchasing authority. Looking back with 20/20 hindsight it’s such a big hole in the process. There’s no connection between the state of Ohio or the state of Indiana. It doesn’t really allow them a birdseye view with a pure nationalist perspective to move the resources where they should be.19 April 2020