The Department of Defense prefers to buy goods and services from the commercial marketplace to take advantage of new innovations and save on acquisition costs. However, DoD’s process for determining whether an item can be purchased commercially – and at a fair and reasonable price – is often long and challenging. This was GAO’s (Government Accountability Office) conclusion in a recent report (see Improved Information Sharing Could Help DOD Determine Whether Items Are Commercial and Reasonably Priced.
Those responsible for the Federal Acquisition Regulations and their DoD supplement are working through mandates from the 2017 Defense Authorization Act. The law required lots of picky little changes but also some fairly sweeping ones. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell offered an update on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Other Transaction Authorities are the latest buzzwords in federal contracting, and for good reason.
OTAs have become critical to rapid prototyping in the defense realm, in some cases cutting off years from the time warfighters wait for new systems and capabilities.
This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower interviews William Sanders, director of Technology Strategy and Business Development (SLED) for Oracle, and Mike Smoyer, president of the Digital Government Institute and producer of 930Gov.
Research for our next WT Insider Report is progressing as we collect data on agency debriefings and bid protests.
We did a similar report two years ago, but a lot has happened since then and that convinces us it is time to revisit this topic.
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The Agriculture Department kicked off the much-anticipated phase two of the Centers of Excellence initiative by releasing six solicitations on July 30.
USDA and the General Services Administration, which is acting as the acquisition and technical support for the five areas, want a quick turnaround of responses by Aug. 10, and are planning for oral presentations for the cloud and infrastructure CoE between Aug. 20 and 31.
FAR Part 44 lays out the case for Government reviews of contractor purchasing systems. The objective of a “Contractor Purchasing System Review” (CPSR) is to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness with which the contractor spends Government funds and complies with Government policy when purchasing and subcontracting. CPSRs provide the contracting officer a basis for granting, withholding, or withdrawing approval of a contractor’s purchasing system.
Waiting for a contract award to achieve a government contracting business process is not advisable. A win may not happen at all without addressing the structure and process requirements in your proposal to convince the customer you understand his business environment.
Do you feel forgetful? Is your thinking cloudy? Are you making mistakes? Are you scrambling your words? If so, chances are you have “proposal brain” or what some call “brain fry.” In my experience, working long hours over a stretch of several days without a break causes the problem and no amount of sugar, caffeine or binge watching your favorite shows can cure it.
Source: Proposal brain | Lohfeld