Guest Columnists

Steve Charles | A wish for fiscal '08: Timely appropriations

When Congress returns Sept. 5, the government's new fiscal year will be less than a month away and none of the fiscal 2008 appropriations bills will have been passed into law.

A glass half empty to some, half full to others

Two hearings on the acquisition process held during the third week of July told two different stories. Through them the troubling dichotomy of the debate over federal acquisition was eminently clear.

New report on contractor workforce rife with flaws

The Progressive Policy Institute's recommendation to slash 750,000 contractor jobs from the government is short-sighted and fatally flawed.

Tales of kickbacks highlight need for full disclosure

Mention the word kickback and visions spring to mind of dealmakers offering Rolexes. But government procurement policy-makers will soon be grappling with much more nuanced market behaviors, courtesy of three whistle-blower cases filed by DOJ.

Partnership is a concept worth fighting for

Government/contractor partnerships are under an unfounded assault

Tax law unfairly targets federal contractors

If the government is preventing money from being spent 10 to 20 times during a 15- to-20-month reconciliation process, isn't it possible that the cost to the economywill outweigh the tax benefit?

Jim Kane | Think outside the box for complex systems

Complex systems demand new perspectives.

Bill Scheessele | Hunting vs. farming in business development

Knowing what to say and what to do is what drives strategic revenue growth.

Stan Soloway | Some missteps in the pursuit of transparency

Push for greater transparency could open can of worms.

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