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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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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...

We Talk Tech, But We Really Need to Talk People

September 8, 2016 September—the month that brings us both Labor Day and the Service to America Medals honoring outstanding public servants—is a good time to talk about the people who are so essential to government. But aside from an announcement from President Obama seeking a too-small (but welcome) pay raise for federal employees,...

The Bipartisan Forces that Could Stifle Government Innovation

July 12, 2016 In his excellent book, Delivering on Digital (Rosetta Books, 2016), William Eggers presents a compelling case for the many ways in which the government’s ability—and willingness—to embrace the digital age that dominates the broader economy can dramatically improve government service and efficiencies. Eggers’ work, and other related analyses, are of...

This Is No Way to Fix Defense Acquisition

June 14, 2016 As recently reported by Charlie Clark and others, the administration is threatening to veto the Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the 2017 defense authorization bill. Not surprisingly, the veto threat is driven by debate over the closure of Guantanamo, relations with Cuba, and other widely debated public issues. But...

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,...

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