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Guns And Butter

David Morris | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
David Morris

In October 2015, when he was a very, very long shot for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump the businessman promised to make the military "much st...

Procurement Software: Cloud-based Vs. On-Premises -- Which One is Right for Your Business?

Zak Mustapha | Posted 08.19.2016 | Business
Zak Mustapha

Increasingly, technology is sold as a "solution" into every business function, including procurement. The range of technology options available, coupled with powerful sales and marketing messages, can often overwhelm decision makers. The C-suite and procurement leaders face a common dilemma when choosing procurement software: should the new software system be an "on-premises" application or a cloud solution?

Healthcare Innovation: We Need to Fix EMR/EHR Procurement

David B. Black | Posted 05.24.2016 | Technology
David B. Black

Computers and software get faster and less expensive at a dramatic rate. Healthcare systems implementing computers and software gets slower and more e...

K-12 procurement is hell. Let's fix it.

John Katzman | Posted 04.18.2016 | Education
John Katzman

Selling to K-12 school districts is a circle of Hell. But we can fix it. I first entered that circle as the founder and CEO of The Princeton Review. ...

What the Next President Should Do about the Racial Wealth Divide

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 03.17.2016 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Bold action by the President of the United States is an important step that can help fuel the larger change necessary to finally put racial inequality in our past.

Rackets Science: Obomnibus II, or The Influence Peddlers Protection Act of 2015 (Pt. 2)

Rob Hager | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Rob Hager

Obama's presidency has made government far more corrupt. Obama wipes away a tear for the child victims of gun violence at a press conference, but he ...

Rackets Science: Obama's Omnibus, or the Influence Peddlers Protection Act of 2015 (Pt 1)

Rob Hager | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Rob Hager

Political scientists need a new sub-specialty to describe the end-of-year extravaganzas that influence peddlers and special interests have combined to make a Capital Christmas tradition: the racket of wholesale plundering of the government's treasury. Paraphrasing Willie Sutton, that's where the (tax-farmed and public-debt) money is.

Listen Up: the Key to 'Speeding Up and Scaling Up' Business and Human Rights Reforms

Amol Mehra | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Amol Mehra

Two phrases were consistently heard at the Fourth Annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, which took place in Geneva from November 16 to November 18.

Failure to Work With Minority Owned Businesses a Challenge in the Private and Public Sector

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
Dedrick Muhammad

What has not been adequately addressed is the inequality in business development and how procurement policies with a diversity emphasis can be an important means of strengthening wealth and entrepreneurship development for minority communities.

Celebration Women's Small Business Month

Kristie Arslan | Posted 12.17.2014 | Small Business
Kristie Arslan

As we celebrate Women's Small Business Month this October, it is important to highlight the progress women business owners have made but also shed light on challenges they continue to face.

Find Out What You're Buying

Ralph Nader | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The federal government is one of the world's biggest consumers. These hundreds of billions of dollars in purchases and investments are a driving force of the American economy -- procurement creates jobs, promotes innovation and even has socially beneficial effects. It also is often associated with outsourcing waste and fraud and crony capitalism.

TPP Would Gut Buy American: Happy July 4th!

Lori Wallach | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

'Buy American' would be gutted, and American jobs lost, under the TPP, the sweeping "trade" deal that President Obama says he wants to sign this year with 11 Pacific Rim nations.

Mayors: We Need to Talk About Procurement

Code for America | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Code for America

Procurement policies were written decades ago when technology looked vastly different than it does today. Procurement policies were drafted around the purchase of buses and street signs, not databases and websites.

F-35 Contract May Be the Worst Deal the DOD Has Ever Made

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Any CEO responsible for a deal like this would've been fired long ago, but the previous DOD Secretaries are gone and we're still stuck with the bill.

Procurement: Emerging Trends Driving New Operations Strategies

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Despite some recent improvement, ongoing uncertainty about the economy is keeping executives focused on containing costs. Procurian, a leading provide...

An Executive Order Whose Time Has Come

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

These days, when I say "federal contractor," you think Snowden. And it turns there are lots of them doing highly classified work for which they are handsomely paid. They are not the folks we're talking about here.

The Buck Stops Here: Using Public Funds for Public Good

Amol Mehra | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Amol Mehra

Our tax dollars should not be lining the pockets of any business that makes profits through complicity in human rights violations, be they the atrocities in the Congo, trafficking in humans, child labor or sweatshops.

Practice That Obama Condemned Grows Under His Watch

Bloomberg Government | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

President Obama in 2009 told federal agencies that no-bid contracts were "wasteful" and "inefficient."...

Luke Johnson

Unlikely Solution Could Be Part Of Bold Obama Promise | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON--Speaking before a crowd of an estimated 1 million people on the National Mall Monday, President Barack Obama made a bold promise in his se...

Should We Send Federal Relief for Hurricane Sandy to Beverly Hills?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 01.06.2013 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

What percentage of the American people would agree that Fortune 500 firms and other corporate giants should not be receiving federal small business contracts? I'm guessing somewhere in the vicinity of 100 percent. So why has this gone on for more than a decade?

The Devil in the Malaria Details

David de Ferranti | Posted 06.25.2012 | Impact
David de Ferranti

Have you ever had to buy a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net (LLIN)? Probably not, even if you live in Africa, where nine out of ten malaria-related deaths occur.

Women Business Owners Get the Shaft, Again

Jerry Chautin | Posted 11.27.2011 | Small Business
Jerry Chautin

In February, the SBA published its final rules to set aside $6.5 billion in federal government spending for Women-Owned Small Businesses or economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses. But on September 9, the Washington Business Journal said to date, women-owned businesses only got $500,000.

Senate Probes Small Business Administration on Billions in Fraud and Abuse

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

In 2008, President Obama recognized the magnitude of the issue stating, "It is time to end the diversion of small business contracts to corporate giants."

The Next Generation of Cost Savings

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 07.06.2011 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

In today's competitive environment, few companies can afford to overlook the opportunity to achieve this next generation of cost savings, which could amount to as much at 1 percent or more of a firm's profit margin.

Sir Martin Sorrell's 10 Priorities for Media, Agencies, Advertisers

Jack Myers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jack Myers

The shift to mobility is the media and advertising industry's most disruptive influence. But WPP Chairman Sir Martin Sorrell has outlined ten other issues that are having the greatest impact on business.