Journal of Contract Management
Inside the September 2010 issue...
Contracting for Services in the U.S. Army: An Empirical Study of Current Management Practices
An analysis of the implications of different deficiencies of services acquisitions in the U.S. Army, as well as the effectiveness of current contract management processes and recommendations for improvement.
By: Aruna Apte, Uday M. Apte, Rene G. Rendon
Human Capital Management: Succession Planning in the Federal Acquisition Workforce
Succession planning will help develop future leaders in the acquisition workforce to effectively take over when the time comes for current leaders to exit their positions. Succession planning requires a sharp focus on the current and future workforce in order to develop initiatives to address the areas of recruitment, retention, and leadership development.
By: Pauline V. Tonsil
Has Torncello’s Change of Circumstances Rule Been Reinvigorated?
Although severely limited in application by federal courts, Torncello’s “change of circumstances” rule has been enthusiastically adopted by various state courts to limit governmental termination for convenience power.
By: John B. Wyatt III
Performance-Based Service Acquisition: Cornerstone of Government Contract Reform or Stepping Stone to More Refined Methods of Procurement and Contract Management?
PBSA could be improved by revising it into two levels: 1) transactional and 2) transformational (specification versus objective-oriented).
By: Mark Grant
Acquisition Strategy: Best Practices for Successful Source Selection
A review of some current best practices for executing major systems acquisitions which need to be considered for a successful source selection. Through a case study and after-action review, the article also offers lessons learned from first-hand experience.
By: Ginny Wydler
The Multisector Workforce Comes Full Circle
This article examines the consequences of government policies on the multisector workforce and what this means for government procurement.
By: James Jurich
Privatization at the Federal Level: Contracting-out by the U.S. Department of Defense
DOD uses privatization of government functions to save money and because regulations require outsourcing of commercial activities. However, more scrutiny shows that DOD’s willingness to privatize is also caused by politics, agency attitudes, budget pressures, and other factors.
By: Nancy L. Liounis
The Aftermath of the Decision to Reduce the Defense Acquisition Workforce: Impacts, Difficulties Ahead, and Fixes
The defense acquisition workforce reductions of the 1990s drove several unintended repercussions, spawning the next decade’s series of acquisition policy reform issues. Now, as DOD stands poised to rebuild its acquisition workforce, it can find examples from the private sector to address recruiting and retention challenges.
By: Mark J. Nackman
Leading Outsourced Outsourcers
This article addresses alternatives for leading the right-sourced federal contracting community.
By: Brad Westergren
The Diminished “Sanctity” Of Government Contracts: A Comparative View of Changing Formation Regimes That Shows Strengthening of Overarching Goals
This article traces the evolution of the latest wave of procurement reforms in the European Union relating to competition in and formation of government contracts, contrasting aspects of this reform to similar aspects of law and regulation in the United States.
By: Gabriel D. Soll