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5 Reasons Why Careening From Near Shutdown to Near Shutdown Is Bad for America Article
The waning Snow Moon sets behind the U.S. Capitol Dome.

5 Reasons Why Careening From Near Shutdown to Near Shutdown Is Bad for America

While avoiding a federal government shutdown is important, the chaos of constant shutdown threats; uncertainties about funding; and patchwork continuing resolutions are still detrimental for the government’s ability to provide services and the health of American democracy.

Government on Workers’ Side Report
Construction workers using equipment

Government on Workers’ Side

State and local policymakers can raise standards for workers and the public through prevailing wages, project labor agreements, and several other best practices.

Karla Walter

Tech Triumphs in the Federal Government Article

Tech Triumphs in the Federal Government

Pratap Chatterjee reports on a private workshop featuring senior government officials and industry representatives sharing examples of best practices in how the government buys and manages information technology.

Pratap Chatterjee

Pentagon Opposes ‘Insourcing’ Ban Article
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) offered an amendment last week to the Defense Appropriations Act that would ban the use of any Pentagon funds “to convert from private sector to public sector performance any functions or positions that are not inherently governmental in nature.” (AP/Charles Dharapak)

Pentagon Opposes ‘Insourcing’ Ban

Pratap Chatterjee explains why the Pentagon is right that employing government workers to do government work rather than expensive outside contractors makes sense.

Pratap Chatterjee

Federal Contract Spending down by $15 Billion Article
The TechStat reform project, led by Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, pictured above, has helped cut contracting costs through the cancellation of several major information technology systems. (Flickr/<a href=The Aspen Institute)" data-srcset="https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2011/02/qh_contracting_spending_onpage.jpg?w=610 610w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2011/02/qh_contracting_spending_onpage.jpg?w=610 610w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2011/02/qh_contracting_spending_onpage.jpg?w=610 610w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2011/02/qh_contracting_spending_onpage.jpg?w=500 500w, https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2011/02/qh_contracting_spending_onpage.jpg?w=250 250w" data-sizes="auto" />

Federal Contract Spending down by $15 Billion

“Buying less and buying smarter” has helped the White House cut costs on contract spending, writes Pratap Chatterjee.

Pratap Chatterjee

A $400 Billion Opportunity Report
The federal government can save $400 billion over 10 years by changing the way it buys goods and services. (iStockphoto)

A $400 Billion Opportunity

Raj Sharma outlines 10 ways the federal government can save $400 billion over 10 years by changing the way it buys goods and services.

Raj Sharma

Getting Rich on Uncle Sucker Report
The issue of excessive profits being collected from the government for goods and services needed to protect the nation’s security has been with us since the early days of the American Revolution. (Flickr/Kevin H.)

Getting Rich on Uncle Sucker

Scott Lilly examines opportunities to reduce spending in government procurement.

Scott Lilly

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