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DoD’s LPTA bid evaluation continues to cause issues for contractors | Federal News Network

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Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell discusses the issues the DoD’s implementation of their LPTA bid criteria is causing contractors.

Source: DoD’s LPTA bid evaluation continues to cause issues for contractors | Federal News Network

Contractors are in the best position to improve federal pricing. Here’s how. | Federal News Network

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Pricing can be one of the most frustrating parts of government contracting. But it doesn’t have to be. Some government contractors have discovered a better way, and they’re spreading the word.

Source: Contractors are in the best position to improve federal pricing. Here’s how. | Federal News Network

Change in cloud forecast: Multiple-award vs. single-award | Federal News Network

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This column was originally published on Roger Waldron’s blog at The Coalition for Government Procurement and was republished here with permission from the author.

Last week, it was reported that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is planning a new procurement vehicle that would significantly expand its cloud infrastructure. Known as the Commercial Cloud Enterprise, or C2E, the new vehicle will leverage a multi-vendor strategy to provide tens of billions of dollars in enterprise-wide support to the intelligence community. A request for information (RFI) for the new vehicle is expected to be released by May 2019, with awards anticipated by no later than July 2021.

Source: Change in cloud forecast: Multiple-award vs. single-award | Federal News Network

Big issues facing small contractors: Wrap up episode | Federal News Network

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This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower interviews federal contracts guru Larry Allen regarding several issues facing small contractors, including:

  • Category management and its relation to LPTA and FSSI
  • How “best-in-class” contracts will reduce the pool of business available to small contractors
  • The Section 809 Panel recommendation to eliminate set-asides in exchange for the opportunity to bid on 5 percent of the full and open business
  • The “why factor” for the Alliant small business protests
  • AND Amtower taking on Larry as a social selling coaching client for the next three months- and we’ll be tracking Larry’s results candidly on the show every month

Source: Big issues facing small contractors: Wrap up episode | Federal News Network

GSA reveals new details about schedules program overhaul | Federal News Network

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The General Services Administration is in the midst of a major overhaul of its schedules program, combining the 24 multiple award schedules into just one by the end of 2020. Last week, GSA revealed new details about the next steps in the process, including some important dates. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, talked with Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu about some of the key takeaways, and what contractors need to be watching for in the coming months. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Source: GSA reveals new details about schedules program overhaul | Federal News Network

Bid protest win continues to show fragility of multiple-award contracts | Federal News Network

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Right now, 81 small businesses are wondering why?

Why their ticket to a potential $15 billion lottery has been lost.

Why after waiting a year to begin marketing and promoting task orders through the Alliant 2 small business contract they may have to be even more patient and wait potentially another 12 months?

And why another multiple award small business contract is mired in a bid protest?

Source: Bid protest win continues to show fragility of multiple-award contracts | Federal News Network

What happens when a contract awardee succumbs to illness? | Federal News Network

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Agencies don’t like when bidders on services contracts go with people whom they switch out when or after the contract is awarded. Is it a crummy practice or a material modification? And what if the person in question becomes unavailable because of illness? That’s what happened in one case for the Energy Department, and procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell had more to say about it on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Source: What happens when a contract awardee succumbs to illness? | Federal News Network

Amplifying your brand in the GovCon market – Federal News Network

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This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower interviews Evan Weisel, Tony Welz and Stephen Mackey of W2 Communications on the evolving nature of communications and PR in GovCon.

Source: Amplifying your brand in the GovCon market – Federal News Network

What does ‘best-in-class’ really mean for federal contracts?

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OMB released an updated memo on category management, giving agencies new goals and reporting requirements for how they are managing the acquisition of commodity products and services.

Source: What does ‘best-in-class’ really mean for federal contracts?

GSA releases RFQ for Centers of Excellence model to ‘deliver results far more easily’ – Federal News Network

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The General Services Administration has released a request for quotation for Phase One of its Center of Excellence discovery services, laying the groundwork for GSA to set up CoEs at new partner agencies.

Rather than rely on one contract for the discovery work at each agency, the blanket purchase agreement aims to allow GSA to find the vendor that best fits each agency’s unique needs.

Source: GSA releases RFQ for Centers of Excellence model to ‘deliver results far more easily’ – Federal News Network

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