What I’m positing will be controversial to many.
If a government employee is clearly and directly responsible for realized savings on a contract, should 1% of contract savings, capped at $10,000 per year across all contracts, go to the employee as an award for good work?
I know that the federal government will give whistleblowers money that is saved from exposing fraud. I see pros and cons.
Govies are motivated to think creatively and pay-for-performance is practiced.
Unethical employees could structure a contract so it is expense at first, then “discover” savings in the future. Administrative burdens would be added for processing the award and making sure the system isn’t scammed.
The idea has potential, but should be examined and imulated (if possible). If those pan out, the concept should be piloted by a large and small agency to assess its impact across different sized government agencies.