Friday, October 11, 2013
New video camera for the FSM Information Office finally arrives after long wait
The old camera for the FSM Information Office broke down during the last FSM State and National Leadership Conference eleven months ago. We searched on-line for a replacement and identified this one. Then headaches began!
We were told we couldn't order the item on-line. The office funds are so protected we could not undertake on-line purchase to move fast. I was instructed to go through the procurement section of the Department of Finance. Several beauracratic nuances, including basic human indifference resulted in delay.
Another headache. Our office explored the option of ordering through local private companies. The price
Cut the story short, we took our last shot with a new electronics company in town. Not only was the price so identical to what we noticed on-line. They delivered the item, from off-island distributor to their counter in Kolonia, in less than two weeks! (Or maybe two weeks.)
Thankfully, our damaged video camera is now replaced with a pretty handy nxcam that instantly stores in digital format.
So many factors for the long delay are not mentioned. As the lead office staff, I ultimately bare the blame for the delay.
No one should accept this level of inefficiency! There is chance to improve for the better if the will is there. The company in town deserves twenty thumbs-up for being fair and efficient!