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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 Pentagon Is Dodging the Real Issue on Innovation

April 25, 2016 The Defense Department is asking Congress for special authority to buy products and services from “innovative” businesses that have done little or no business with the government. If that sounds familiar, it should; the President's 2017 budget request contains a very similar proposal. Like that earlier proposal, the Pentagon’s request...

The Brewing Government Funding Storm That Wasn’t Supposed to Happen

March 21, 2016 Think the impacts of this year’s presidential election won’t be felt until 2017 (excluding the Trans Pacific Partnership and Merrick Garland Supreme Court nomination)? Not so fast. Think the two-year budget deal agreed to by Congress and President Obama will still, as intended, head off an appropriations impasse this year?...

Americans Should Demand a Serious Budget Debate

March 1, 2016 Any hope of driving real efficiency in federal agencies hinges in large part on the ability of our elected leaders to come to some consensus on the nation’s fiscal course. If there was any question that the budget President Obama submitted to Congress in early February was dead on arrival,...

Of Politics and Procurement

January 12, 2016 How best to say this? “Here we go again?” Once more, a group of well-intentioned members of Congress are pushing the president to issue a directive that would mandate that contractors disclose all of their political contributions upon being awarded a government contract. Transparency, we are told, is essential to...

Congress Weighs In on Defense Procurement Gaps

November 30, 2015 There is still a significant schizophrenia within the government generally, and particularly in the Defense Department, over the use of commercial items and services. As arcane as this issue might sound, it is actually one of the core lynchpins to the government's ability to drive innovation and gain access the...

Why Things Go Wrong

October 30, 2015 Stuff happens. Things go wrong for a wide range of often unpredictable reasons. But when there are glaring signs that go unheeded, or old saws or presumptions that are allowed to dominate, there is really no excuse for the poor results that follow. This is clearly true in federal acquisition,...

The Other One Percent

September 23, 2015 The Obama administration has now issued its 13th executive order primarily aimed at government contractors. This one, which was released on Labor Day, would require government contractors to provide seven days of paid sick leave per year. But when you get into the specifics of the order, it becomes yet...

What It Will Take to Move the Needle on Reform

July 21, 2015 This is a good year for advocates of acquisition reform. The House and Senate fiscal 2016 defense authorization bills, traditionally the acquisition table setters, contain significant, forward-leaning reforms that are both overdue and essential. The Senate bill in particular contains provisions that are designed to refocus the government toward broader...

Getting Tech to ‘Show Up’

April 29, 2015 In a recent speech, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith said the government needs the tech community to “show up.” According to Smith, the more tech experts from Silicon Valley join the government, the more the government is likely to begin adopting smarter, more contemporary IT and technology practices. Her...

Fixing Acquisition: An Opportunity Lost?

January 30, 2015 We’ve spent more than a decade ignoring a simple warning of the 2002 Volcker Commission: We are trying to run a 21st century government on a mid-20th century, industrial age business model. A series of surveys of acquisition professionals the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton have conducted during the...