Stan Soloway


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.

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

The business imperative of volunteerism

Pro bono work by firms raises their status and is a critical tool for recruiting and retaining new professionals.

COMMENTARY

Are we heeding or ignoring lessons of 1989?

The defense budget draw down of the late 1980s offers important lessons of what to do and not do with today's budget crisis.

COMMENTARY

New agency roadmaps offer critical insights

Quadrennial reviews expected from the Defense and State departments might offer insights into the role contractors will play in helping the departments fulfill their missions.

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.

COMMENTARY

Competition suffers with shift to federal R&D centers

More agency are looking to federally funded R&D centers as alternative to contracts. The idea hurts competition and is a blow to transparency.

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