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The SUPER IT Task Orders | Lohfeld

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In Fiscal-Year 2018, 20 Super Information Technology (IT) Tasks Orders with combined ceiling values of more than $4.4 billion, and spending to date of more than $4 billion will exceed their ultimate expiration date and become eligible for competition (see Exhibit 1). We define a Super IT Task Order as an individual task order awarded under the umbrella of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) or Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). We required that the IDIQ or GWAC contain a selected pool of contractors, who compete on request for task order proposals. We ensured all task orders had a distinct primary contract vehicle number and task order contract number.

Source: The SUPER IT Task Orders | Lohfeld

APMP Canada – Maple Leaf Chapter webinar | Part 2: Ten ways to retain your incumbency | Feb. 20, 2018 | Lohfeld

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Best informed wins. Traditional wisdom tells us that, therefore, the incumbent should win unless they are performing poorly. Yet, despite being seemingly best informed, in recent years incumbents have had approximately the same win rate on rebids as non-incumbents. This two-part webinar will examine how to win from two perspectives. In Part 1, we will focus on proven capture and proposal strategies that challengers can use to defeat incumbent contractors. In Part 2, we will examine how incumbents can best defend their position and retain rebid work beginning on day one of contract award with effective capture and proposal approaches. Come ready with your questions and learn how to best navigate the changing marketplace.

Source: APMP Canada – Maple Leaf Chapter webinar | Part 2: Ten ways to retain your incumbency | Feb. 20, 2018 | Lohfeld

APMP Maple Leaf Chapter webinar | Part 1: Ten ways to unseat the incumbent | Lohfeld

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Best informed wins. Traditional wisdom tells us that, therefore, the incumbent should win unless they are performing poorly. Yet, despite being seemingly best informed, in recent years incumbents have had approximately the same win rate on rebids as non-incumbents.

Source: APMP Maple Leaf Chapter webinar | Part 1: Ten ways to unseat the incumbent | Lohfeld

Talking to the other side: proposal managers and contracting officers | Government Contract Management Symposium | Dec. 4, 2017 | Lohfeld

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This panel discussion between contracting officers and proposal managers will explore the ways in which the two communities approach the acquisition process from different perspectives, and often, in the process, miscommunicate and create misconceptions.

Source: Talking to the other side: proposal managers and contracting officers | Government Contract Management Symposium | Dec. 4, 2017 | Lohfeld

Presentation available | Proposal writing and the eight-second attention span | Lohfeld

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In this updated presentation, Lisa Pafe reprises her highly rated SPAC 2017 presentation and shares how to modernize your proposal writing (relevant for all proposal managers and writers).

Source: Presentation available | Proposal writing and the eight-second attention span | Lohfeld

How strong is your ecosystem? | Lohfeld

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Achieving a consistently high proposal win rate requires a highly capable bid and proposal team, in addition to a strong business ecosystem consisting of contracts, finance, human resources, recruiting, technical and project management, communications, partners, and suppliers. If one or more of the components of the ecosystem is weak, your bid can fail. For example, your proposal might fail if your pricing department is unable to produce a cost competitive proposal, recruiters are unable to identify highly qualified key personnel, or project managers do not receive good customer references.

Source: How strong is your ecosystem? | Lohfeld

DHS FLASH 2.0: Should you invest in this procurement? | Lohfeld

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After the Department of Homeland Security cancelled the $1.5 billion Flexible Agile Support for the Homeland (FLASH) procurement May 26, the vendor community was irritated, and rightfully so. This Small Business (SB) set-aside, procured through the DHS Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL),required time, money, and expertise to undertake a technical challenge. Bidders had to demonstrate specialized skills in the incremental Agile software development methodology with rapid prototyping and better user interfaces.

Source: DHS FLASH 2.0: Should you invest in this procurement? | Lohfeld

Opportunity Alert: NOAA NEMITS IDIQ | Lohfeld

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If you pursued the Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) NOAALink program, whether successfully or unsuccessfully, over the course of its 9-year acquisition history, be aware that NOAALink 2.0 has been laid to rest. At the August 30, 2017 NOAALink Executive Industry Council Quarterly Meeting, the agency announced the birth of a new multiple award 10-year IDIQ vehicle, NOAA Enterprise and Mission IT Services (NEMITS), to replace the existing NOAALink contract as well as the originally proposed NOAALink 2.0.

Deltek has identified this $2.5B+ IDIQ as a Top 10 Small Business (SB) Opportunity for FY18. NOAA is currently reviewing responses to a June Strategic Sourcing Acquisition Division (SSAD) Request for Information (RFI) issued on behalf of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and conducting outreach to agency program offices to finalize requirements.

Source: Opportunity Alert: NOAA NEMITS IDIQ | Lohfeld

The root causes and solutions to “100 words that kill your proposal” | Lohfeld

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Bob Lohfeld published an article in Washington Technology several years ago called 100 words that kill your proposal. He explained, “Inexperienced proposal writers seem to use words that should be avoided when writing proposals. These inappropriate words and phrases can weaken a proposal, annoy evaluators, and even undermine the bidder’s credibility.”

Source: The root causes and solutions to “100 words that kill your proposal” | Lohfeld

SeaPort-NxG: Major changes ahead require a revamped win strategy | Lohfeld

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SeaPort-e is a Multiple Award Contract (MAC) that contractors either love or hate. For most of the 3,196 award holders, the Navy’s flagship vehicle has generated little if any revenues. For the select few, such as Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, CSRA, BAE, and General Dynamics, the $51 billon engineering professional services vehicle has been a reliable revenue generator. Less than 20% of prime contractors have received any awards (this is true for both the large and small business tracks).

Source: SeaPort-NxG: Major changes ahead require a revamped win strategy | Lohfeld

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