The requirements in the back of all allow them access at demand to see your books, for any reason. In otherwords if you're going to agree to business with the government, they assign themselves the right to anything they want.
Don't get me started on OSHA and EPA. Did you know that you can not dispose of an empty spray paint can without puncturing it first and draing any possible fluild. That fluid must be disposed of at an EPA approved company. You must have reciept. Note $2500 fine for each occurance,,,,,
I'll send the rest of my paychecks to Home Depot. They are right.
From my experience, especially after Clinton/Gore went to bat to 'overhaul big government', they seemed to have thrown out about 60 years of federal checks and balances along with 60 yrs of corporate culture. Meanwhile they substituted a number of 'minority/good ol' boy' only contract mechanisms where the government machine only gets about 20 cents on the dollar in value, while the majority to all outlays have been solely directed to a handful of contractors who already competed during the Gore/Clinton regime with 5yr contracts.
Meanwhile, in the government credit card circles, I've seen decentralized control with centralized command result in about as efficient of a method possible to locally contract small purchases,...yet I've seen the best, most conscientious, most experienced estimators/puchasers who probably save 50% of any standard competitive contracting, get suspended simply because of GS BS several tiers over their positions in accounting and controllership circles,....without notice or due process.
I've seen contractors get their payments suspended simply because of bureaucracy even when no abuse occurs mainly due to some arrogant symptom of empire building.
I've also noted that the same persons who seem to be at the root of the conflicts, sincerely believe they are being good stewards and think they are in control of large empirtes or estates, yet if they ever had to manage a typical account for a firm like Home Depot, I stongly suspect their budgets would be dwarfed by private enterprise.