Stan Soloway


COMMENTARY

Due process for contractors under attack

Are you guilty until proven innocent? Columnist and PSC President Stan Soloway argues that too many people and groups want to slap contractors with a debarment without considering due process rights.

OPINION

A cautionary word about strategic sourcing

As the government rushes forward with strategic sourcing, PSC President Stan Soloway advices caution because how and where strategic sourcing gets applied can be the difference between a win and lose for both sides.

COMMENTARY

What's really behind wasteful contracts?

The Commission on Wartime Contracting thinks a surplus of contractors has led to too much waste in Iraq and Afghanistan, but Stan Soloway offers a different perspective on the issue.

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.

COMMENTARY

Government officials need to think, then speak

Too many government officials espouse solutions that don't consider the complexity of the problem.

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.

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.

No excuse for frivolous protests

The idea of using protests as part of a government sales strategy is a disturbing concept.

COMMENTARY

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.

OPINION

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.

COMMENTARY

Defense bills blur an opportunity

The fiscal 2012 National Defense Authorization Act contains more than two dozen significant procurement-related provisions. Some raise serious concerns, others raise questions, and still others could have positive results.

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