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House drops DoD request to change definition of commercial products

The Pentagon says the way it buys certain commercial products has been abused for more than a decade. The Defense Department asked Congress to include new rules for buying commercial-of-a-type products, which are commercial in nature, but the military is the only or largest customer by far. Industry was pleased to see the House Armed Services Committee not include the change in the Defense authorization bill.

Tags: DoD , Better Buying Power , Shay Assad , Professional Services Council , commercial-of-a-type , commercial products , acquisition , contracting , industry , Congress , Alan Chvotkin , Jared Serbu

Monday - 05/14/2012, 05:22am EDT
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Top issues affecting contractors

Professional Services Council President and CEO Stan Soloway will talk contracting with host Mark Amtower.
May 7, 2012

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Stan Soloway , sequestration , government contracting , LPTA , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 05/07/2012, 08:37pm EDT
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Federal News Countdown: Postal reform, retirement hike, contractor pay cap

Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, and Bill Bransford, a partner at Shaw Bransford & Roth, count down the top federal news stories of the week.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Federal News Countdown , Alan Chvotkin , Bill Bransford , Shaw Bransford & Roth

Friday - 04/27/2012, 03:30pm EDT

Controlling contract costs spurs more questions, few answers

A Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee subcommittee heard testimony Thursday on a seemingly simple subject: Is it cheaper for the federal government to employ its own workforce or hire contractors? But industry groups representing government contractors say the question is often more complicated than it might seem.

Tags: industry , contracting , acquisition , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Claire McCaskill , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Stan Soloway

Friday - 03/30/2012, 08:37pm EDT
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On the show today March 30

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Stan Soloway , Gerry Connolly , Tim McManus , Partnership for Public Service , Roger Waldron

Saturday - 03/31/2012, 01:58am EDT

Automatic suspension in contracting bill draws ire of industry

Disagreement persists over whether provisions in a new contracting bill will enhance oversight of overseas contracting during conflicts or create another bureaucratic layer that penalizes contractors.

Tags: DoD , industry , contracting , acquisition , acquisition policy , acquisition workforce , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Scott Amey , POGO , In Depth , Francis Rose

Friday - 03/02/2012, 08:51pm EST
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Federal News Countdown: 2013 budget, defense industry and Chopra's departure

Stan Soloway, president and chief executive officer of the Professional Services Council, and Dan Chenok, senior fellow in the IBM Center for The Business of Government, count down the top federal news stories of the week.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Federal News Countdown , Stan Soloway , Dan Chenok , IBM Center for the Business of Government

Friday - 02/10/2012, 05:43pm EST
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Will 2012 see influx of 'acting' leaders?

Stan Soloway, the president of the Professional Services Council, predicted 2012 would be known as the "year of the acting" referring to the influx of acting directors, secretaries and administrators that would be ushered in if political appointees step down.

Tags: industry , management , Stan Soloway , In Depth , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 01/04/2012, 06:57pm EST
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A roller-coaster year for acquisition

Stan Soloway, the former deputy undersecretary of defense and the CEO of the Professional Services Council, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the ups and downs of the acquisition community in 2011.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , procurement , industry , In Depth , Francis Rose , Stan Soloway

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 06:49pm EST
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Contractors have stronger role in 'Mythbusters' part II

Alan Chvotkin, the vice president and general counsel of the Professional Services Council, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the role played by contractors in dispelling falsehoods about agency-contractor contractor communication.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Alan Chvotkin , acquisition , contracting , industry , OFPP , mythbusting

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 06:45pm EST
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