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    ABBA, taxes and unintended consequences

    Steve Kelman muses on why the Swedish singers dressed so badly -- and what it means for agency rulemakers. Read More

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    New Zealand civil service: A land without turkey farms

    Steve Kelman discovers that the Kiwis' public sector does not even have terms for "turkey farm" or "retired in place." Read More

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    Lessons from the French invasion of Silicon Valley

    As President Hollande visits French techies in California, Steve Kelman argues that both France and the U.S. should look at why those entrepreneurs are there. Read More

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    Greetings from New Zealand

    Steve Kelman, FCW's traveling professor, reports from a land without airport security. Read More

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    Business grads, vets and workforce diversity: Who should be on your team?

    Steve Kelman reports on acquisition experts' recent discussions about agency approaches to hiring contracting staff. Read More

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    Listening to some of the smartest government procurement people around

    Steve Kelman reports on ideas being discussed by the Board of Advisors for the Veterans Administration Acquisition Academy Board of Advisors. Read More

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    Procurement contests get their due

    As Challenge.gov is recognized by the Ford Foundation and Harvard's Kennedy School, Steve Kelman explains why contests are a big deal. Read More

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    What makes Chinese students optimistic (and pessimistic) about the future of China?

    Steve Kelman details what's really on his students' minds. Read More

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    Corruption and bureaucratic rigidity

    Steve Kelman contends that federal management systems are far more rule-bound than the cases of corruption warrant. Read More

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    Infrastructure in shambles? Contracting to the rescue?

    Steve Kelman see opportunity in the United States' outdated systems. Read More

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