Air Force issues a formal fantasy football RFI

Air Force issues a formal fantasy football RFI

This is a pretty good example of why some people might get frustrated when the service chiefs go before Congress and use words like devastation and destruction when asked what a 9 percent cut to their budgets might do to the military. It also draws confusion when Pentagon leaders say they had no choice but to freeze tuition assistance enrollments because their piggy banks are running empty.

The U.S. Air Force issued a formal request for information Tuesday on FedBizOps​.gov to potentially issue a contract to set up a fantasy football league for airmen across “100 installations worldwide.” Politico’s Morning Defense newsletter used a tip from Twitter user @krempasky to first break the story.

Before everyone jumps to conclusions, Valerie Baltimore, the point of contact on the RFI, pointed out that no funding has been set aside for a contractor to run a fantasy football league for the Air Force. Air Force Personal Center Services Directorate is simply collecting information.


However, timing is supposed to be the Air Force’s specialty — the whole “time on target” mantra. Whoever approved this RFI isn’t doing a great job following the news. It’s tough to complain about not having enough money to fund training or pay for tuition assistance, but the service does have time to pay for a contractor to hold a meeting and issue a formal RFI for a fantasy football league.

The rest of working America depends on ESPN or CBS or Yahoo to organize their leagues for free. When Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III is telling Congress is ringing the alarm bells and saying budget cuts will “carve crucial capability from America’s Air Force, with alarming and immediate effects on people, readiness and infrastructure, and, eventually, on modernization” it might not be the best idea to issue a Fantasy Football League contract for any amount of money.

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The Air Force should stop putzing around and buy a franchise. This would make it easier to justify flyovers as security details.

Shows how bad this is they have a RFP for football LOL this is pathetic.

Sunderland held by ten-man Norwich

I always wondered how the AF officers learned to budget. Whine, then build a golf course, whine, then build the clubs, whine.….and on and on it goes. Got to teach em young how to gain the attention of the purse. Pleasure before mission, we should all be that lucky. How’s that JSF schedule working out for you? Wait, do you need more money.…no problem.

“Simply collecting information” I don’t buy it! Ms Baltimore’s reasoning is a flimsy excuse. A RFI is the first step in actually procuring something. Someone high up in the USAF actually wants to do this!
— Where is the requirement for this nonsense documented and who approved it?
– Pray tell — how would this enhance the USAF’s operational capability?
– If there is no requirement, why is Ms. Baltimore devoting her efforts — and the taxpayers’ money — to obtaining information about it?

I can only hope that this is an announcement that was PLANNED for 1 April that somehow got issued too soon! Geeez! Makes me want to hide my head in a paper bag like the Saints fans from a few years ago!

Update from the RFI on FEDBIZOPS, 3/21/12 at 4:16 PM

This RFI is issued by the Air Force Nonappropriated Fund Purchasing Office (AFNAFPO). All requirements, solicitations and subsequent contracts, if any, awarded through AFNAFPO are funded wholly with Nonappropriated funds. These funds are generated through user fees and charges at Air Force morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) programs worldwide. THEY ARE NOT APPROPRIATIONS FROM CONGRESS OR “TAXPAYER” DOLLARS.

I would submit that “TAXPAYER” dollars ARE being used to pay the salaries of the civil servants handling this RFI and whatever program might follow it. It’s still a stupid idea.

From the same team that took 10 years to conclude a procurement for new tankers. Aim High!

It would be most amusing and appropriate if ‘FedBizOps​.gov’ issued a reply stating;

“We are sorry to decline your request for information on this particular item applied for.” And “Please resubmit your request for information once you have better realigned your in-house acquisition process to balance with a sustainable path forward… then we will be more than pleased to accept your secondary requests of importance for doing business with us…sincerely, Fed Biz Ops dot gov.”

Plus the fact that “Simply collecting information” is spending money as that person or persons collecting the information are being paid to do something bogus. It’s called opportunity cost.

Why does the USAF have to replicate something the private sector does so well?

Look folks, a recent update to FEDBIZOPS about the Air Force Future Fantasy Football Command (AF3C)!

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Solicitation Number:
F41999-13-I-7007
Notice Type:
Cancellation

Synopsis:
Added: Mar 22, 2013 11:31 am
THIS REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) IS HEREBY CANCELLED

Looks like someone in the USAF woke up and figured out Fantasy Football was NOT, after all, essential to keeping America safe. This boondoggle bears the earmarks of ” but the general / Director wants it!”. Kudos to DoD Buzz for popping the lid off this can of worms. It was truly a stupid idea.

It takes a generation to wake up a generation.

Your hand-wringing about a NAF RFI is hilarious. Keep it up.

So many things about the Air Force right now are fantasies, the biggest is that they will get all of the planned F-35As and that they will be affordable.

Didn’t mean to multiple post…

This is as rediculous as it gets!

I can’t believe this. How embarrasing as a retired SNCO in the Air Force. I worked 12 hour shifts almost my entire career (87–07) and we never had time for such nonsense during duty time. It is actually against regualtions to use government resources (i.e.laptops) or duty time on this idiotic stuff! Who is the idiot in charge? Any why arn’t you working a real job? Great image you are showing the public! Quit wasting my tax dollars on salary if you dont have work to do!

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