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    Live blogging from the National Contract Management Association World Congress

    Man on the scene Steve Kelman on the number of government employees in attendance, the demographics of the crowd and contracts for commercial items. Read More

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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

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    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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