Stan Soloway

 Stan Soloway

Stan Soloway ( is president and chief executive officer of the Professional Services Council

Stan Soloway | Buy Lines: Narrow policy matters trip up small-business program

Rep. Nydia Velazquez is right in wanting agencies to get credit for small-business awards when it is due. Mistakes in the system should be corrected. But it seems clear that her lists of contracts are far from accurate.

Buy Lines | The Safety Act: It's getting better all the time

Without the protection of the Safety Act, few vendors would be able ? or willing ? to enter the anti-terror technology services and products market so fraught with risk and uncertainty.

Buy Lines | Panel charts course for future of contracting

The Acquisition Advisory Panel, which Congress created to assess the government's procurement and management of services, will issue its final report in a matter of weeks. Hard at work for 18 months, the panel has heard from more than 100 witnesses and held numerous public meetings.

Buy Lines | New legislative proposals spell big trouble

Bent on meeting deadlines to pass critical authorization and appropriations legislation, Congress has let several troubling provisions slip into some bills.

Buy Lines | Government veers off course with EVM mandates

No one questions the value of earned value management as a project management tool for estimating how a project is faring on budget and schedule. But new mandates take EVM application to new levels, and raise questions about the mandates and the general direction of government procurement.

Buy lines: Clearance crisis gnaws at contracting process

The sudden decision by the Defense Security Service to halt processing of new and periodic renewals of security clearances for contractor employees further exacerbated an already troubled process.

Buy Lines: Dubai ports deal may create unneeded restrictions

Predictably, the debacle over the Dubai ports deal is having some disquieting ripple effects. Proponents and detractors went nose to nose around the role that was ? or should have been ? played by the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States or other government reviews, and now we're seeing the fallout from the conflict.

BUY LINES: Abdication not a sound management strategy

I wrote in this column recently of the concerns that many in the private sector have about proposals being considered by the congressionally mandated Acquisition Advisory Panel. Industry has made its concerns clear and has engaged in a robust, open dialogue with the panel about them.

Buy Lines: For 2006, troubling signs on the horizon

Ever hear the nautical adage, "Red sky by morning, sailor take warning?" By that measure, it is morning in the procurement arena, and the red sky is deepening. It could portend a series of challenges to the procurement progress that's been made over the last decade.

Silence not golden for state of federal procurement

I can't remember a time when government procurement leaders have been as silent as they are today. It's not that there isn't a lot worth talking about. So why the silence?

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