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Home Depot says no to bureaucracy

Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Home Depot Inc. is the nation's second largest retailer and a true American success story. Based in Atlanta, Home Depot made an amazing announcement this week. No longer will the huge home improvement chain do business with the federal government. Home Depot said they were unwilling to comply with a mountain of federal paperwork, rules and regulations in order to sell goods to the federal government.

I admire Home Depot and I'd be willing to bet that more companies follow their lead. The bureaucracy of the federal government has made it a nightmare to comply with thousands of cumbersome rules such as filing all hiring records and other data - just in the area of affirmative action reporting. Home Depot said "enough is enough."

If a company has 50 employees and sales of more than $50,000 annually to the feds they must comply with countless forms and useless paperwork. Some companies are finding it's just not worth it to generate the sales to federal government offices. That should send a signal to the leaders in Washington that perhaps we've gone a bit too far in terms of monitoring how we do business.

I clearly admire a firm like Home Depot. Those in a position of leadership in government need to realize that the bureaucracy has grown far too large over recent years. To comply with all of the various rules and regulations would take an army of workers just to complete the paperwork alone. At some point you weigh the advantages and disadvantages and decide for yourself. In the case of Home Depot, it just was not worth it.

Let's hope Congress gets the message here loud and clear. And perhaps, just perhaps, someone will finally realize the folly of micro-managing the federal government. Less government is better than more government. Just ask Home Depot.



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