The federal government has an obligation to taxpayers to make sure that their money is spent responsibly. In federal construction contracts, prime contractors can engage in a practice called bid shopping. Bid shopping occurs when a contract is awarded for
a set amount and the prime contractor switches subcontractors, post-award, to lessen the costs and pocket the profits. The federal government still pays the original contracted amount to the prime contractor, resulting in wasteful overspending. Bid shopping
not only squanders taxpayer money, but it also hurts the workers who were initially hired to do the job.