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Federal Procurement and Small Business

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John Shoraka

The federal government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world, spending approximately $400 billion to $500 billion each year. Statutorily, the federal government is required to contract 23 percent of what it purchases with small businesses. The Sma... More »

Is Acquisition on a Collision Course?

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Stan Soloway

Today we face a rare collision of inflection points that is having fundamental impacts on the government's effectiveness and efficiency. Without major change, those impacts are almost certain to grow, and not in ways any of us would wish. The federal acquisition workfor... More »

Use Your Federal Consulting Dollars Wisely

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Unplanned workload surges and austere budgets often force federal managers to focus on short-term solutions, using temporary hires or term appointments, intra- or inter-agency details, various appointment authorities, and contractors to get work out the door. These quic... More »

Labor Secretary Stresses Review of Workforce Development Programs

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Patty Gaul

Workforce development programs must keep up with the changing workplace. Here are programs that match skills to fill actual jobs that exist today. To be able to adapt to the huge changes in the global economy, we need to have an incredibly dynamic workforce development... More »

Buying Smartly

Ron Sanders

Few things are more complicated than federal acquisition regulations (maybe the Internal Revenue Code or U.S. civil service rules), yet the goods and services they help purchase add up to a significant portion of our national economy. Indeed, nearly $1 of every $2 of t... More »

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