Stan Soloway


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.


Acquisition efforts on a collision course

Congress is moving forward with acquisition reform efforts to bring more commercial buying to the government, but agency actions often go in the opposition direction.


New DOD cost analysis reg 'just wrong'

The Defense Department has moved forward with a cost-analysis regulation that's inaccurate and based on false assumptions. PSC President Stan Soloway explains the damage that potentially will be done.


Snowden case launches open season on contractors

Washington turns the Edward Snowden scandal into another opportunity to attack contractors instead of entering a serious debate about national security policy.

Plenty of unanswered questions about $10B OASIS contract

GSA communications efforts around the $10 billion OASIS contract have been unprecedented and are an example for others, but there are still critical questions about the lucrative contract that need to be answered. PSC President and WT columnist Stan Soloway explores issues around pricing, strategic sourcing and past performance.


What Haiti teaches us about the 'whole of government'

The Haiti relief effort offers an important lesson for those responding to the everyday challenges of government.

Let's argue procurement. It's healthy.

Nothing is better for the procurement process that a good argument that pushes the best ideas forward.


Harsh budget picture shouldn't mean insourcing

Total lifecycle cost must be a significant factor at the Defense Department as it focuses on budget cuts.


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.


Does uncertainty have to be the new normal?

Contractors need the government to act now and plan for sequestration.

Obama memo ushers in new era

President Barack Obama’s management agenda might open the door to an important dialogue on federal contracting and public/private cooperation.

Poor records increase security risks

A Senate committee report exploring the role of Afghan nationals working for private security contractors fails to consider difficulties embodied in building accurate personnel databases in a country with complex and shifting alliances, says Stan Soloway of the Professional Services Council.

Poaching employees hurts contractors and agencies alike

Government agencies and contractors should set aside their heated competition over skilled workers to keep costs down and prevent excessive turnover.


Doing the low-price limbo?

Agencies are increasingly forcing companies to present lower and lower prices on contracts at the risk of long-term value.

New twists in labor issues on the horizon

The Center for American Progress is advocating that contracts be awarded based on compliance with labor laws and who pays fair and reasonable wages.

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