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Stan is a much sought after media resource and speaker on a range of issues associated with government contracting; market trends and challenges; and the overall intersection of the public and private sectors.

Recent and Upcoming Speaking Engagements

  • Thales/USA Business Strategy Meeting (11/17)
  • Partnership for Public Service Leadership Program (10/17)
  • Brookings Institute Executive Leadership Program (10/17)
  • National Contract Management Association, DC Chapter, Washington, DC (10/17)
  • Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Tysons Corner, VA (10/17)
    • CXO Luncheon
  • Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce GovCon Council, Tysons Corner, VA (7/17)
  • Israel Export Institute, Tel Aviv (6/17)
  • Merage Foundation 45+ Innovation Competition, Tel Aviv (6/17)
  • Unanet Champions Conference, San Diego, CA (5/17)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (5/17)
    • Program Management Initiative Launch
  • Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, NV (1/17)
    • Government Leadership Roundtable
  • Koniag Government Services, Airlie, VA (12/16)
    • Offsite Leadership Meeting
  • Abt Associates, Bethesda, MD (12/16)
    • Board of Directors Meeting
  • Dovel Technologies, Kent, MD (11/16)
    • Offsite Leadership Conference
  • Vista Technology Services, McLean, VA (11/16)
    • Board of Directors Meeting
  • American Council on Technology/Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), Williamsburg, VA  (10/16)
    • Executive Leadership Conference
  • American Council on Technology/Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), Washington, DC  (9/16)
    • Mythbusters Forum
  • Deloitte University Conference on Outsourcing, Dallas, TX  (9/16)
    • Annual corporate conference on national and international, public and private sector outsourcing trends
  • International Health Systems Management Conference Phoenix, AZ (9/16)
    • Annual association conference on key trends and challenges in health information technology
  • CA Chief Information Security Officers/ISAO Conference, Tysons Corner, VA (8/16)
    • Panel Chair
  • Noblis, Inc., Falls Church, VA (6/16)
    • Briefing on federal market issues and trends to corporate leadership team
  • Naval Postgraduate School Acquisition Symposium, Monterey, CA (5/16)
    • Chair, Logistics Issues Forum
  • National Contract Management Association, Tysons Corner, VA (4/16)
    • Dinner Keynote
  • Syracuse University/Maxwell School, Syracuse, NY (3/16)
    • Speaker on current public sector acquisition and partnership issues
  • National Institutes Technology Acquisition Assistance Center (NITAAC), Rockville, MD (3/16)
    • Keynote Speaker, Semi-annual NITAAC Industry Forum
  • Dell FRS, Las Vegas, NV (2/16)
    • Dell Federal Strategy and Business Development Forum

Media Interviews

News Channel 8: Government Matters

NDAA could create ‘Amazon for the DoD’
September 28, 2017
Stan Soloway’s interview starts at 00:00 

News Channel 8: Government Matters

An innovation program that targets middle-aged bureaucrats
July 27, 2017
Stan Soloway’s interview starts at 15:45 

News Channel 8: Government Matters

DoD nears deadline to submit reorganization plan
May 11, 2017
Stan Soloway’s interview starts at 00:00 

News Channel 8: Government Matters

Mattis starts the process of DoD business transformation
March 9, 2017 
Stan Soloway’s interview starts at 00:00 

News Channel 8: Government Matters

Top picks for Deputy Secretary of Defense 
Janaury 12, 2017 
Stan Soloway’s interview starts at 00:00 

Federal News Radio

Congressional budget battle brewing with Trump administration
January 9, 2017
Stan Soloway’s interview starts at 01:12

News Channel 8: Government Matters

Industry ‘alarmed’ by Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Rules
October 4, 2016
Stan Soloway’s interview starts at 15:44

News Channel 8: Government Matters

Stan Soloway discusses the latest target area in a concerted effort by the Obama administration to move category management ahead — identity management services.
July 8, 2016
Stan Soloway’s interview starts at 03:55

Sirius XM: Progress Radio

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Innovation and Government
April 3, 2016
Stan Soloway’s interview starts at 01:12

News Channel 8: Government Matters

Stan Soloway gauges the mood of the federal contracting community
February 21, 2016
Stan Soloway’s interview starts at 16:04

As a Writer

Stan has written nearly 150 columns for Washington Technology, the Washington Business Journal and Government Executive magazine and continues to publish on a regular basis.

The Trump Administration’s Innovation Problem

September 6th, 2017|

Government Executive

Just before Labor Day, the American Technology Council—the White House task force charged with propelling government IT to a new level—issued a broad set of initial...

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Senate attempt to reduce protests misses the point

July 25th, 2017|

Washington Technology

When it comes to federal procurement, the frequency and expectation of protests has had a palpable, costly, and sometimes deleterious effect on the process...

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Why Innovation Programs Should Target Middle-Aged Bureaucrats

July 7th, 2017|

Government Executive

Imagine the benefits of these things: An earlier test for autism that could improve the ability to treat it. A new procedure to treat atrial fibrillation that holds hope for reducing ...

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Congress is Sending Mixed Messages on Defense Procurement

May 26th, 2017|

Government Executive

Think Bold. That’s the slogan of the so-called "Section 809 Panel," a special commission created by Congress to review the full spate of federal (and defense-unique) acquisition...

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Tight budgets bring a silverlining

May 22nd, 2017|

Washington Technology

For years, the question of when the government might return to “regular order” –that is, a “normal” process in which appropriations are essentially completed...

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Trump’s Separate Pursuit of Two Government Reform Plans Will Hurt Both

April 24th, 2017|

Government Executive

The Trump administration has launched two important initiatives to reform—even transform—government. The President’s son-in-law and senior advisor...

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Want to reform government? Start with the basics.

March 27th, 2017|

Washington Technology

The email was most unexpected. In the midst of what had been a series of substantive discussions with a Defense Department command about the...

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Memo to OMB: Speed Kills

March 23rd, 2017|

Government Executive

As was largely expected, the first budget proposal from the Trump Administration calls for major cuts across the civilian agencies and a substantial increase in defense spending.

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Will Mattis usher in a new era of DOD reform?

February 28th, 2017|

Washington Technology

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has instructed his deputy secretary, Bob Work, to commence a thorough evaluation of the department’s core business processes.

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Agencies Could See Deeper, Faster Cuts Than Previously Contemplated

February 13th, 2017|

Government Executive

Most years, even in a Presidential transition, federal agencies have a pretty decent sense of where their budgets are headed. And in transition years, they are typically in...

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Is it time to flip the table on procurement?

January 18th, 2017|

Washington Technology

In case you haven’t been paying attention, there is a new president being inaugurated this week and among his core positions is regulatory reform. While we don’t yet...

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It’s Time to Bury A-76—It Worked Once, But Its Day Is Past

January 4th, 2017|

Government Executive

Last month, Government Executive’s Charlie Clark posited the question of whether, in a Trump Administration, public-private competitions under the policy and methodology...

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Highs and lows of Trump’s leading tech indicators

December 20th, 2016|

Washington Technology

As the incoming Trump Administration begins to take shape, so too do some core components of what is likely to soon become the new administration’s management...

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This Is No Way to Run a Government

December 7th, 2016|

Government Executive

As one of its final acts, the 114th Congress will wrap up with yet another continuing resolution. No one is surprised or particularly concerned; the only real debate...

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How bumpy is the road ahead?

November 14th, 2016|

Washington Technology

Among the many issues the new administration will come face-to-face with on Day One is that of the federal budget. It is almost certain that the lame...

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When Civic Degradation Tops Civic Engagement

November 4th, 2016|

Government Executive

According to every poll, we are a nation divided. Certainly the tenor and tone of the current election cycle has done nothing but amplify those...

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Beware the tyranny of one-size fits all

September 28th, 2016|

Washington Technology

Every time a new policy proposal, strategy or idea comes down the pike, no matter how appealing, we have to remind ourselves that few ideas are...

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We Talk Tech, But We Really Need to Talk People

September 8th, 2016|

Government Executive

September—the month that brings us both Labor Day and the Service to America Medals honoring outstanding public servants—is a good time to talk about...

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The Not So Fair “Fair Pay” Rule

August 30th, 2016|

Washington Technology

“At last, the government has devised a means to better protect American workers and ensure that companies obey the law.” So writes the Editorial Board of the...

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The challenge of past and future performance

August 2nd, 2016|

Washington Technology

A new inspector general report has taken the Army to task for its poor, well, performance on past performance reporting. The IG looked at past performance...

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The Bipartisan Forces that Could Stifle Government Innovation

July 12th, 2016|

Government Executive

In his excellent book, Delivering on Digital (Rosetta Books, 2016), William Eggers presents a compelling case for the many ways in which the government’s ability...

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This Is No Way to Fix Defense Acquisition

June 14th, 2016|

Government Executive

As recently reported by Charlie Clark and others, the administration is threatening to veto the Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the 2017 defense authorization bill.

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Doth thou protest too much?

June 3rd, 2016|

Washington Technology

Has the use of protests on federal procurements become so egregious that it’s time for some serious action? The Senate Armed Services Committee seems to think so. The committee is proposing...

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Too soon to say good-bye to LPTA?

May 9th, 2016|

Washington Technology

Few issues have so galvanized the private sector in recent years as the government’s overuse of what is known as “lowest price/technically acceptable” acquisition strategies, or LPTA.

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The Pentagon Is Dodging the Real Issue on Innovation

April 25th, 2016|

Government Executive

The Defense Department is asking Congress for special authority to buy products and services from “innovative” businesses that have done little or no business with…

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Pricing roulette: Challenges vary agency to agency

March 30th, 2016|

Washington Technology

Earlier this month, a group of colleagues and I had the pleasure of participating in the Partnership for Public Service’s annual “Shark Tank” exercise for their acquisition leadership program…

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The Brewing Government Funding Storm That Wasn’t Supposed to Happen

March 21st, 2016|

Government Executive

Think the impacts of this year’s presidential election won’t be felt until 2017 (excluding the Trans Pacific Partnership and Merrick Garland Supreme Court…

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OMB IT Guidance: It’s not too late

March 3rd, 2016|

Washington Technology

Some may dismiss it as irrelevant. Some may say that it is too little too late. But in truth, while it would have been great to see it sooner, it is far from too late for the Office of Management and Budget’s new IT policy to have an impact.

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Americans Should Demand a Serious Budget Debate

March 1st, 2016|

Government Executive

Any hope of driving real efficiency in federal agencies hinges in large part on the ability of our elected leaders to come to some consensus on the nation’s fiscal course. If there was any question that the budget President Obama submitted to…

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Of Politics and Procurement

January 12th, 2016|

Government Executive

How best to say this? “Here we go again?” Once more, a group of well-intentioned members of Congress are pushing the president to issue a directive that would mandate that contractors disclose all of their political contributions upon being awarded a government contract. Transparency, we are told, is essential to…

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