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U.K. approach to outsourcing merits study

Few countries have moved as aggressively ? and as successfully ? as the United Kingdom in transforming the provision of public services. The private delivery of federaland local public services in the United Kingdom exceeds $150 billion, up from $60 billion in 1995.

Fine line between transparency and chaos

Transparency is essential to building credibility when dealing with public funds and the public trust, and numerous proposals now before Congress seek to enhance transparency in government contracting. Their essentialgoal is laudable even though some of these proposals are driven bya misperception that fraud is rampant in federal contracting ? aperception even the special inspector general for Iraq reconstructionhas repeatedly challenged.

If you haven't already, it's time to climb aboard the Web 2.0 trend

I went ahead and did it. Everyone has been talking about Web 2.0, and I finally figured I'd better get on board before the Generation Y crowd eats my lunch and leaves me in the dust with the rest of the baby boomers.

Embrace the Wiki: New collaboration tools lead to a business edge

Mention of Web 2.0 often elicits bewilderment, mild aversion or downright confusion. Social-networking tools and technologies have become widespread, but not yet in government or the federal contracting industry, where they prompt adoption anxiety.

Congress' mixed messages on competition

Some in Congress believe the proportion of federal contracts that are competitivelyawarded has dropped precipitously even though competition levels are at about the same proportion today as they were 10 years ago.

Help for injured vets goes beyond the hospital

With Memorial Day on our minds, it is fitting to look at how technology is benefiting our warfighters returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. All veterans - but wounded troops in particular - face a multitude of physical, emotional and professional challenges when returning to civilian life, not the least of which could be unemployment.

GSA panel on track with schedule policy

To the credit of former GSAAdministrator Lurita Doan and Acting AdministratorDavid Bibb, GSA's Multiple Award Schedule AdvisoryPanel is moving forward. The next meeting of the 15-memberpanel was scheduled to be held May 22 at the GSA auditorium.Such meetings are open to industry.

Contracting as an economic engine

Just as in every campaign that has preceded it, the issue ofjobs has been at center stage throughout the 2008 presidentialcampaign. Candidates talk about creating jobs, buildingsustainable domestic industries and so forth. Ironically, onetopic that never comes up in those discussions is one of thenation's most significant sources of high-quality, well-compensatedemployment: government contracting.

What it takes to crack the Top 100

Every spring, Washington Technology puts out the annual Top 100 contractor list. And each year, starting about three days after that issue is delivered, I start getting calls with questions that go something like this: " ... How can I move my company up into that top bracket?" There are a few simple concepts you have to understand to succeed in this market.

An ounce of prevention: Contractors need a solid ethics program

If your organization doesn't have a formal and proactive ethics and compliance program, now is the time to establish one. It's not a matter of whether you trust your employees to do the right thing. It is a matter of educating them so they will know expected ethical behavior.

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