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  • The story of Carl S. English Jr.

    Steve Kelman, while visiting Seattle, stops to smell the roses. Read More

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  • What to make of GSA's reverse auction play

    Competition is good, Steve Kelman notes, so long as the playing field is level. Read More

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  • Why a GAO report documenting improvement is not good news

    Increased compliance with past-performance goals might seem like a positive report, but Steve Kelman sees a problem. Read More

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  • How good government made airline seats safer

    Government is often the unsung hero of events such as the crash of Asiana Flight 214. Read More

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  • Acquisition lessons from the private sector

    A GAO report provides some insights into commercial services acquisition that the government can use, Steve Kelman reports. Read More

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  • Scandalous overrreaction?

    Scandals illuminate deficiencies, but Steve Kelman argues that the instinct to clamp down is often counterproductive. Read More

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  • Who will take the pledge?

    Steve Kelman has a modest proposal for improving the agency procurement process. It involves commitment. Read More

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  • Taking the pulse of contracting professionals at the Bureau of Prisons

    Steve Kelman finds the frustrations and opportunities for improvement are remarkably constant, whether the contract is for high-end IT or improved food services. Read More

  • The challenge for bosses: Learning from dissent

    Research shows that teams often discount members who challenge the prevailing opinion even when those challenges point to a better course of action. Read More

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  • Unintended benefits

    Steve Kelman believes the government is often helpful – sometimes without even meaning to be. Read More

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