GAO Allows Contracting Officer Discretion to Act as Tie-Breaker

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Your company has submitted a proposal for a Lowest-Priced, Technically Acceptable acquisition. To your surprise, you find out another company has submitted a technically acceptable offer with the same price. Equally surprising, the solicitation does not contain any provisions instructing the agency on how to pick from otherwise equal bids. So what is the contracting officer to do – issue an order for a standoff, a la the O.K. Corral? (For the record, we do not advise this as a viable method of conflict resolution.)

SOURCE: GAO Allows Contracting Officer Discretion to Act as Tie-Breaker

Small contractors: Under siege | Federal News Network

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This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower is joined by Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, for a wide-ranging discussion on GSA and OMB initiatives that will likely make it much more difficult for small contractors to succeed in the government market.

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Larry Allen, Allen Federal Business Partners

Topics include:

Source: Small contractors: Under siege | Federal News Network

GAO Highlights SBA Oversight Issues with WOSB Certification and Lack of Use of WOSB Set-Asides

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This is our second blog on GAO’s recent report on SBA’s management of the Woman-Owned Small Business program. Here is our initial post.

In the report, GAO analyzes SBA’s oversight of the current certification program, and reports on its study of why contracting officers don’t use the WOSB set-asides as much as one might think.

SOURCE: GAO Highlights SBA Oversight Issues with WOSB Certification and Lack of Use of WOSB Set-Asides

8 Tips to Creating a Winning Annotated Outline | Red Team Consulting

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The annotated outline. It is the single most important tool for any proposal. It sets the stage for a compliant proposal and sets the tone for a compelling response. And yet, many proposal efforts include a dispute over how the proposal outline is structured which, if not resolved, can derail a proposal. So, what is an annotated outline?

Source: 8 Tips to Creating a Winning Annotated Outline | Red Team Consulting

Defense Leadership Forum

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Join defense contractors nationwide and attend one of the top military contracting events of 2019! You are invited to attend the 2019 Navy Contracting Summit, scheduled for June 3-4, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia. See a summary of a recent Summit: 2017 Navy Contracting Summit Highlights

In its 6th year, the Summit brings together Members of Congress, Pentagon officials, Naval commands, Navy base officials, contracting officials, contracting experts, and business leaders nationwide.

The Navy FY19 Budget Request for $194.1 billion represents an increase of $12.6 billion (7 percent) from the FY 2018 budget request (Base and OCO). This includes funding for 10 battle force ships; 120 manned and unmanned aircraft; 335,400 Navy personnel and 186,100 USMC personnel; $3.7 billion for weapons; $2.5 billion for military construction; $18.4 billion for research and development; and much more.

SOURCE: Defense Leadership Forum

Remove Guesswork from Bid/No-Bid Decisions with GovWin Opportunity Assessment

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Did you know that one wise no-bid decision on an opportunity you aren’t well-positioned to win could save you thousands of bid and proposal dollars? Using Deltek’s analytical, web-based Opportunity Assessment tool, which is tightly integrated with GovWin IQ, you can evaluate opportunities at numerous stages of your pipeline and be confident you are making the best bid decisions.

GovWin Opportunity Assessment walks you through a series of weighted capture questions allowing you to base bid decisions on metrics rather than subjective criteria.

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Learn the skills to better engage your customers — Washington Technology

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Registration has opened for our next Power Training session on Mastering Stakeholder Engagement, part of a new Washington Technology initiative to provide professional development opportunities for government contractors.

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CORs Have a Role in Reviewing Incurred Cost

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PNWC's Government Contracting Update

Typically, incurred cost audits and audits of interim requests for payment (i.e. voucher reviews) are performed by the contract auditor (DCAA or Defense Contract Audit Agency for DoD contracts) and reports are sent to the contracting officer for resolution if there are any findings noted.

SOURCE: CORs Have a Role in Reviewing Incurred Cost

Five Tips to Make the Most of the Your GSA Schedules | Lohfeld

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General Services Administration (GSA) schedules are the largest and most widely used acquisition vehicles in Government. Experience shows many companies do not make the most of their schedules for many reasons. Therefore, this article offers five practical tips a schedule-holder can take to optimize their investment in 10 minutes per day or less.

Source: Five Tips to Make the Most of the Your GSA Schedules | Lohfeld

OOPS 2019 Preview: Digital Transformation in Government Contracts – Emerging Technologies Impacting the Contracting Landscape. | Government Contracts Legal Forum

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The Digital Revolution is here. Contractors are reinventing their products, customer experiences, and business models — and transforming the public sector marketplace as a result.  Meanwhile, government agencies are increasingly using emerging technologies and developing plans to promote and incentivize their use. Join us on May 8, 2018, at 10:30 AM Eastern, as Crowell & Moring attorneys Gail Zirkelbach, John Gibson, and Mana Lombardo lead a discussion highlighting regulatory and contractual compliance considerations that are pivotal to successful planning and implementation of transformative technology in government contracting. Specific topics include:

  • 3D Printing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Blockchain

OOPS begins tomorrow! For more information and to register, please click here.

Source: OOPS 2019 Preview: Digital Transformation in Government Contracts – Emerging Technologies Impacting the Contracting Landscape. | Government Contracts Legal Forum

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