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Beware of an election-year feeding frenzy

Let's be clear. Earmarking raises some important and legitimate questions. Howmuch transparency is there? How much should there be?

Government customers want speed, quality

Traditional manager meetings in January often provide a false sense of comfort. Market forecasts and analyses are presented, often by an outside expert. But few companieswill make the connection between external market forces and the effect on internal operations.

Enterprise software deals chart new course

SmartBuy will make it more difficult for buyers to circumvent enterprise software agreements, but where there's a will, there's a way.

Pulling no punches on Army acquisition

The October report from the Special Commission on Army Acquisition and Program Management in Expeditionary Operations contains a set of recommendations that will require collaboration from the Army, DOD and Congress.

Restoring integrity to GSA schedules

The three whistle-blower cases DOJ joined against Accenture Ltd., Sun Microsystems Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. represent the biggest challenge to manufacturers of commercial products in this decade.

Profiteering legislation lacks real purpose

Buylines | Commentary: War profiteering legislation is not needed.

New fiscal year off to a slow start

October marks the start of the federal fiscal year, and as in every year since 1994,Congress and the president have failed to give agencies their annual spending authority on time.

Stan Soloway | Old personnel policies harm government

The Intelligence Science Board published a report in late 2006 warning that the intelligence community is losing rather than gaining connectivity to the technologycommunity.

Steve Charles | Competition advocates take center stage

One of the all-encompassing, farthest-reaching questions in the world of public contracting is how to create meaningful competition within the procurement system and measure the results in a transparent way.

Public assistance modernization stalls

Many states are looking to modernize public assistance programs. But, the Farm, Nutrition and Bioenergy Act of 2007, passed by the House July 27, would prohibit states from doing that with private sector support.

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