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Stan Soloway

President/CEO, Celero Strategies, LLC Stan Soloway is president and CEO of Celero Strategies, LLC. He formerly served as president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, and was deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition reform and director of the Defense Reform Initiative during the Clinton administration, receiving the Secretary of Defense Medals for Outstanding and Distinguished Public Service. He is a principal of the Partnership for Public Service and a member of National Contract Management Association's Executive Advisory Board.
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The Trump Administration’s Innovation Problem

September 6, 2017 Just before Labor Day, the American Technology Council—the White House task force charged with propelling government IT to a new level—issued a broad set of initial recommendations. Coming from what has widely been deemed the most unorthodox administration in recent history, it's notable that the recommendations are actually fairly orthodox...

Why Innovation Programs Should Target Middle-Aged Bureaucrats

July 7, 2017 Imagine the benefits of these things: An earlier test for autism that could improve the ability to treat it. A new procedure to treat atrial fibrillation that holds hope for reducing the risk of strokes. A test for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder that, by focusing on biomarkers could enable more...

Congress is Sending Mixed Messages on Defense Procurement

May 26, 2017 Think Bold. That’s the slogan of the so-called "Section 809 Panel," a special commission created by Congress to review the full spate of federal (and defense-unique) acquisition laws, rules and practices. The goal is to provide lawmakers with a set of recommendations for legislative or administrative redress that will help...

Trump’s Separate Pursuit of Two Government Reform Plans Will Hurt Both

April 24, 2017 The Trump administration has launched two important initiatives to reform—even transform—government. The President’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner is leading the new Office of American Innovation, with the mission to “make recommendations to the president on policies and plans that improve government operations and services, improve the quality of...

The Path to Better Management of Government’s Huge Programs

April 7, 2017 With the enactment of the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act late last year, the federal government has the opportunity and mandate to address two long-standing challenges: delivering successfully on large-scale change initiatives and addressing the dearth of well-qualified program managers across executive branch agencies. For a government that operates...

Memo to OMB: Speed Kills

March 22, 2017 As was largely expected, the first budget proposal from the Trump Administration calls for major cuts across the civilian agencies and a substantial increase in defense spending. Less a budget than it is a broad spending outline, the proposal, even despite its lack of detail, has already generated fierce debate...

Agencies Could See Deeper, Faster Cuts Than Previously Contemplated

February 13, 2017 Most years, even in a Presidential transition, federal agencies have a pretty decent sense of where their budgets are headed. And in transition years, they are typically in overdrive trying to build a budget reflecting directions issued by the new administration. Not so this year. With no director of the...

It's Time to Bury A-76—It Worked Once, But Its Day Is Past

January 4, 2017 Last month, Government Executive’s Charlie Clark posited the question of whether, in a Trump Administration, public-private competitions under the policy and methodology known as A-76 would be or should be revived (“Will Trump Bring Back Outsourcing and A-76?”). As the article demonstrated, opinions on the issue, which was for many...

This Is No Way to Run a Government

December 7, 2016 As one of its final acts, the 114th Congress will wrap up with yet another continuing resolution. No one is surprised or particularly concerned; the only real debate seems to be over the length of the resolution—will it run through the April recess? Into May? Nothing about funding the government...

When Civic Degradation Tops Civic Engagement

November 4, 2016 According to every poll, we are a nation divided. Certainly the tenor and tone of the current election cycle has done nothing but amplify those divisions. Thus, one of the next president’s most immediate and critical challenges will be finding ways in which to overcome the anger and vitriol that...