Stan Soloway


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

Post shutdown: Back to business as usual?

There are some tough conversations ahead between contractors and their government customers as they try to bounce back from the 16-day shutdown. Doing things the usual way just won't cut it, but will anything really change?

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.

OPINION

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.

OPINION

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.

OPINION

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.

COMMENTARY

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.

COMMENTARY

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.

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.

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

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.

COMMENTARY

Feds' focus on margins puts industrial base at risk

Reducing government costs is in everyone's best interest, writes Stan Soloway, but too much emphasis on cutting margins will only hurt government and industry in the long run.

Insourcing benefits are all smoke and mirrors

The savings from insourcing that defense and civilian agencies are expected to report to Congress next February will be largely illusory.

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