One size fits all?

In a recent Washington Technology column, titled “Beware of the tyranny of one size fits all,” Stan Soloway warns against the tendency — in government procurement and by extension in other areas of government management and even policy — to encourage or even mandate a single approach to various challenges the government faces.

I have known Soloway around the government procurement world since the 1990s, when I was in government and he ran one of the professional services trade associations. He later went on to lead acquisition reform at the Defense Department in the late 1990s, and then to run, for 15 years, the Professional Services Council, which he left last year to start his own consulting business. Reading the column was a trip down memory lane from procurement reform and the “reinventing government” movements of the 1990’s, bringing back discussions and arguments from that period that are very much still relevant today, but which have in recent years faded from attention.

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