Catch22, Imagine you are a Programmer trying to write the AFG computer formula
In my mind that is full of 0's, 1's, bytes and bits, I believe that when the compute scores you, it looks at the checkboxes you select under each item and assigns them a weighted score based on the questions, is it required by statute, the age, the type of item, etc. If you have multiple items, laundry list, I would think it would have to average the score from each individual item to get a total score. Anytime you average a group of numbers the mean is going to be lower then the priority item. How else could the computer rank and score the priority items and give higher weighting to dept's with old non-compliant equipment? The computer score also must look at your call volume, population, etc. It somehow assigns a higher need or priority to certain items. Having all this clutter of little items in the application and narrative seems like it would hurt your average score. Use of Excess funds doesn't get scored and it simplifies your entire application and narrative. If I new the scoring system, I would be a popular guy. When every point counts, I would plan to use excess funds to cover the little stuff. 1 item, 1 score. As shown by this program, if you have the right stats, some dept's can fund just about any project, even a $750,000 ladder. I agree 100% with the total solution, just suggesting to eliminate the clutter.
Originally Posted by Catch22