A just-released Government Accountability Office report describes the challenges that middle-tier government contractors face in the market and whether anything can really be done about it.
- the ever-shrinking attention span of Americans and the need to convey key information quickly and concisely
- how to frame your argument
- keeping a personal log to document your accomplishments, kudos and more
- how to frame alternatives to current thinking
Your small business is interested in submitting a proposal that requires a Department of Defense Facilities Clearance (FCL). While you will not have the required FCL when proposals are due, you have applied for the FCL and all signs indicate you will have the FCL by the time contract performance begins. In this scenario, can the agency outright deny your proposal or would it have to refer your proposal to the SBA for a certificate of competency? Turns out, it all hinges on whether GAO views the FCL requirement as a matter of proposal acceptability or corporate responsibility.
In 2016, SBA established the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program, or ASMPP, enabling mentors of any size to provide business development assistance to small protégé businesses to enhance the protégé’s ability to compete for federal contracts. Since then, the ASMPP has served as a powerful tool for many businesses and, as of August 1, there were 885 active mentor-protégé agreements.
Internal Government Cost Estimates (IGCEs) are frequently used to gauge the reasonableness of contractor prices during proposal evaluation. But can these internal estimates also impact other evaluation factors? GAO was recently asked to resolve this question in the context of past performance evaluations, and the answer was essentially “you sure can!”
There are tons of valuable government contracting events in the DC metro area, from networking happy hours to training seminars to opportunity overviews. We’ve narrowed down the top 5 events that you should attend in the upcoming weeks.
We are tracking three prominent government contracts this month: Alliant 2 Small Business (Alliant 2 SB), 8(a) Streamlined Technology Application Resource for Services (STARS) III, and Business Oriented Software Solutions (BOSS). Learn more about these opportunities in the descriptions below.
On August 19, the General Services Administration (GSA) announced that it will accept revised proposals for Alliant 2 Small Business (SB) – a 10-year, $15 billion, small business contract. Alliant 2 SB is only open to offerors who initially applied for the vehicle, so if you applied last time around, you must re-submit this time.