Stan Soloway


COMMENTARY

Transparency initiatives teeter off balance

The Obama administration needs to correct transparency imbalances where either too little or too much information is being shared with the public, says Stan Soloway of the Professional Services Council.

COMMENTARY

How to handle today's austere times

In today's environment, there are plenty of things beyond a company's control, but here are some things you can focus on.

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

OMB IT Guidance: It's not too late

The Obama administration might be coming to a close, but it's never too late to lay the groundwork for a sound IT policy that can have a positive impact for years to come.

COMMENTARY

Small and mid-tier businesses: Time for a deep breath

Small-business contracting fell last year, but one year isn't a trend. PSC President Stan Soloway warns against a rush to change contracting goals.

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.

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.

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.

COMMENTARY

Want to reform government? Start with the basics.

Stan Soloway, former DOD executive and leader of the Professional Services Council, offers some simple advice to anyone looking to reform how the government operates: It's not about changing laws; it's about collaboration and culture.

OPINION

The time is right for bridging procurement gaps

PSC President Stan Soloway sees signs that government customers are increasingly dissatisfied with the results of LPTA procurements, so now might be the time to use that dissatisfaction as a lever for bridging gaps in the procurement process.

COMMENTARY

Senate attempt to reduce protests misses the point

A Senate proposal to reduce the number bid protests gets the cart before the horse and misses the opportunity to address the root causes of protests.

OPINION

18F steps up its acquisition game

PSC President Stan Soloway takes another look at GSA's 18F experiment and finds that maybe it's going to help the acquisition process after all.

OPINION

Weak processes stymie DOD cost-control efforts

While solving the overarching fiscal impasse is out of DOD's control, there is plenty the department can and should be doing to reduce costs and operate more efficiently; however, the problem is that no one seems to be doing it. PSC President Stan Soloway explains.

OPINION

DOD's missed opportunity to improve services acquisition

The Defense Department has released its long-awaited DOD Instruction to guide the acquisition of services and unfortunately they missed an opportunity to make real improvements.

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