July 12, 2013 |
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), who is gearing up to announce his bid for governor in September, on Friday proposed the creation of a new preference in the state procurement process for Maryland-made goods and services. The initiative was part of a package of ideas put forward by Gansler to bolster the state's manufacturing sector during an appearance at a United Auto Workers hall in Hagerstown. It was the second stop on a statewide tour in advance of announcing his candidacy . Gansler,...
June 14, 2013 |
One of 17 children, Michael Sawyers learned early about how to work well on a large team. Those lessons became all the more valuable decades later when he started his own federal contracting firm, inserting himself into the government's enormous supply chain, and then again this past year, when his company suddenly tripled in size. "I learned a lot being in a family that big," said Sawyers, owner of 7Delta, an information technology company in Fulton. "It's where I learned about...
May 3, 2013 |
The big idea: If change is "the only constant," as Francois de La Rochefoucauld put it, why is it that change efforts cause such uproar and often fail? And what happens when the change leader is an outsider, the changes are not readily connected to profitability and the organization has its own strong and highly successful culture? The scenario: SNCF is a 32 billion-euro state-owned rail company in France running on more than 19,000 miles of train tracks, managing 246,000 people operating in 120 countries.
May 1, 2013 |
Laurence A. Stone, 98, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who was a longtime ordnance officer before becoming a specialist in military procurement matters, died March 31 at a retirement facility in Napa, Calif. He had congestive heart failure, a grandson, Richard Rosenberg, said. Lt. Col. Stone served in the Army from 1939 to 1965 and was an ordnance officer during World War II. After the war, he spent more than three years with U.S. occupation forces in Germany,...
November 27, 2012 |
DISTRICT OFFICIALS had high hopes of rolling out new taxi meters by Inauguration Day so that passengers would be able to pay easily with credit cards. Similarly, they have talked about the great savings, environmentally and economically, that would be realized with the installment of energy-efficient streetlights . Both worthy projects, however, have been put on hold because of D.C.'s maddening problems in awarding contracts. In a ruling that should serve as a wake-up call for corrective action, the city's Contract...
November 15, 2012 |
The agency overseeing the region's two major airports and managing construction of the $5.6 billion Dulles rail project was warned repeatedly over the past 10 years that it was improperly doling out millions of dollars in contracts, but it did little to correct the deficiencies. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority , already under fire for such ethics abuses as taking Super Bowl tickets from contractors, issued several large no-bid contracts that violated federal transit...