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Forget The No.2 Pencils


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FORGET THE NO.2 PENCILS

Change at the hidebound Pentagon comes slowly. But Defense Secretary William J. Perry is starting to make good on his pledge to reform Defense Dept. dealings with contractors. So far, officials have reviewed 105 of the 1,600 military procurement standards and have decided to junk or modify 90% of them. Among the regs canned: requiring contractors to bring a stenographer with three sharpened No.2 pencils to technical reviews--even if the notetaker uses a laptop.EDITED BY OWEN ULLMANN


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