Often purchasing of goods and services is done by a centralized agency in the hopes that volume buying will bring about lower prices, but instead products and services start getting shoved on people who don't really want or need them. Read about the Australian governments MPS Procurement approach.
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According to our reliable buddies at the Washington Post, the Internal Revenue Service is going to stop sending instructions and paper forms automatically to taxpayers. You'll have to download a PDF or go to your local IRS office, Post Office, (or some public libraries) if you want an IRS tax form. About 11.5 million people received printed forms in the mail in 2009, so this move will save the IRS about $10 million clams.