Stan Soloway


Strong guidance needed for insourcing

The hot button issue of insourcing is creating unease, especially in the Defense Department, where weak guidance has produced a sense of confusion among the various components.

OPINION

A gift-wrapped budget for Christmas?

The bipartisan budget deal is a welcome gift as we head into the Christmas season, but tough decisions lie ahead for 2014 and beyond. PSC President Stan Soloway explores the pressing issues that are yet to be resolved.

Agencies absorb contractor jobs without clear direction

A number of federal agencies are proceeding with insourcing efforts even though they haven't conducted performance or cost analysis of the benefits or offered a strategic vision of the agency’s workforce composition.

OPINION

Government sends mixed signals with LPTA, small biz initiatives

The government is sending plenty of mixed signals thanks to LPTA requirements in the new Defense Logistics Agency's STORES contract and small business talk coming out of GSA, writes PCS President Stan Soloway.

COMMENTARY

How not to build an acquisition workforce

Recent actions undermine efforts to maintain a strong cadre of acquisition employees, says Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council.

OPINION

Contractors face greater risk as accountability measures grow

A push for more supply chain accountability and the new workforce executive order will shift more responsibility to contractors, and with responsibility comes greater risk, but PSC President Stan Soloway asks, Is this pendulum swinging too far?

COMMENTARY

JEDI dilemma: Opening the market but where is the dialogue?

The Defense Department's pursuit of the JEDI cloud strategy has the potential to open the market to commercial products and services like never before, but aren't we missing the opportunity to have a broader and more productive discussion?

Stan Soloway | Forging progress on key initiatives

The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction issued a massive report in December, which concluded that the U.S. engagement in Iraq was marked, and to an extent doomed, from the beginning by an under-resourced and undermanned infrastructure.

COMMENTARY

Tight budgets bring a silverlining

Stan Soloway shares some counter-intuitive reasoning that says agencies under budget pressure often are the most innovative and might be where the best opportunities are found.

COMMENTARY

The challenge of past and future performance

The past performance system is in shambles and no one seems surprised but an efficient and transparent system will make the acquisition process better for agencies and contractors alike.

OPINION

Resistance to talking with contractors runs deep

In an era of deep budget cuts and fiscal uncertainty, the need for communication and collaboration between government and industry has never been greater but the resistance on the part of agency officials runs deep.

COMMENTARY

More talk needed if defense reforms are to succeed

Improved communications is necessary to achieve cost reductions and efficiencies at the Defense Department, writes Stan Soloway of the Professional Services Council.

Regime change cuts both ways

The status of the federal civil service and acquisition workforce is likely to be high on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's agenda this year.

OPINION

The lost opportunity of the 2012 elections

Among the deficit and debt debate we missed the chance to talk about what a modern government looks like.

COMMENTARY

3 disconnects roiling the government market

The disconnects around how the government buys and what it needs make innovation and efficiency harder to achieve, writes Stan Soloway.

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