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