Following discovery of its data breach, the Office of Personnel Management was criticized for awarding a identity protection contract within 36 hours. But in fact, fast-track procurement makes sense in contingency situations. In reality, the government contracting community is too reluctant to use many of the authorities and flexibilities it has. Stan Soloway is the president and CEO of the Professional Services Council; Jonathan Aberman is the managing director of Amplifier Ventures and chairman of Tandem NSI. They joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explore the topic of contingency contracting, and explain why OPM awarded that original contract so quickly.
The Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing system is offline now while the Office of Personnel Management tries to fix its cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Those vulnerabilities were discovered during the investigation into the recent data breach, in whch hackers stole personal information for 21.5 million people. And while much of the attention has focused on the OPM crisis' impact on federal workers, contractors are impacted too in a big way, and they're certain to be impacted by the backlog now building up while eQIP is offline Stan Soloway is the president and CEO of the Professional Services Council. He tells In Depth guest host Jared Serbu about the effects contractors are feeling -- and what they expect.
Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, and Ron Marks, senior fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University, count down the week\'s top federal stories with Francis Rose.
The General Services Administration has a new tool to help contracting officers figure out how much they should pay for work. CALC.gov lists pay rates across eight professional services categories, with 48,000 labor categories and at least 5,000 GSA contracts. But the rates listed on the site are the highest prices contracting officers could pay, not the lowest. The 18F Innovation Lab built the tool and says acquisition officers should make better purchases with more access to more information. Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he\'s not so sure.
CompTIA decides to get out of the federal sector and focus on its core capabilities.
A new survey by the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton reveals the shifting demographics of the acquisition workforce gives the administration an opportunity to change the culture of how the government buys goods and services. From training, to hiring, to creating a path for better collaboration, the acquisition workforce could undergo a major transformation with the right support and focus, experts say.
Today's FEDtalk will feature a roundtable discussion of one of this year's hottest topics - acquisition reform. January 9, 2015
Stan Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council, and Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.
An agency denies a federal contractor access to its facility after learning that he's visited family in West Africa, in one sign of the confusion amid contradictory guidance from the White House, Pentagon and elsewhere.
Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, and Stan Soloway of the Professional Services Council discuss what hurdles stand in the way of real procurement reform as part of Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform.
It's day three of our special report "The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform". Today's focus -- taking stock for the future. What aspects of the procurement process should the government preserve or replicate across government? Stan Soloway is president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, and Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government. They joined In Depth with Francis Rose to explain what's working well in the procurement process.
Jerry Punderson, the outgoing director of contracts for the Naval Sea Systems Command, will join PSC as its new senior vice president of defense and intelligence.
The latest blueprint to improve DoD's acquisition process will try to help the military achieve game-changing end products and spend less time on the business end of the acquisition system. Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said the strategy remains in draft form while DoD gathers feedback from a variety of experts.
The Professional Services Council is the latest group to weigh in after members of Congress sent out the call for contributions to next year's likely round of acquisition reforms. PSC's reply rests largely on the idea that the executive branch can fix most of the current problems on its own.