Mr. Smith is right. Procurement is dead. It was doomed, entombed, marooned on a desert island, and passed away peacefully in the night long after everyone had forgotten about it. It’s dead and buried. And you should thankful that the Romans closed the door on the Egyptian Empire’s burial chamber or you would have been buried with it.
Did you ever wonder what’s going on in the heads of the people evaluating your proposals? Today, you’ll get some insight into what it’s like being on the other side of the equation. What is it really like to serve on selection committees? What secrets do these people hold? What are they not telling us?
We are often asked to review customers’ rebid proposals before they are submitted. In these reviews we always check the usual things you would for a new bid such as the quality of the writing, layout, clarity of win themes etc. But for rebid submissions we also focus on a few other things. These are areas specific to an incumbent’s rebid proposal. We particularly look for these as they should be advantages the incumbent has. But sometimes they can be issues incumbents also face when rebidding.
Beginning in June 2016, GSA will remove current wage determinations from existing MAS Schedules and require ordering agencies to incorporate determinations at the task order level to ensure that the “most recent” wage determinations are incorporated when an individual task order is placed. The recently announced change is part of GSA’s plan to “update” the…
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Anne Rung joined me on The Business of Government Hour to discuss federal acquisition: why it is so complex, category management and its promise, driving innovation in acquisition, and efforts to strengthen government-industry relationships
In a May 17, 2016 memo, the DON CIO issued updated guidance for acquiring commercial cloud services in the DON. The updated memo amends May 15, 2015 guidance titled, “Acquisition and Use of Commercial Cloud Computing Services.” This memo delegates final approval authority for Navy and Marine Corps commercial cloud services business case analyses (BCAs) to the DON Deputy CIO (Navy) and DON Deputy CIO (Marine Corps). DON CIO retains final approval authority of Secretariat BCAs. The memo also cites specific Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) guidance on acquiring commercial cloud computing services.
Post-award contract management is too often neglected, and so is the important role of contracting officer representatives. Here are some thoughts on the challenges they face and how industry can get involved.
A Pivot to Post-Award: What contracting officer representatives really think is needed to fix contract management.