How Much or How Little to Tell Staff About a Recompete

Companies have varying policies about how much they involve staff members in recompetes and when they do so. Some maintain an utter cone of silence except for the participation of the Project Manager. These companies usually don’t involve their staff because, they do not want to:

  • Disrupt ongoing operations
  • Alarm their staff and promote their risk of flight before they receive a new contract award
  • Alert their staff to any staffing or pricing changes they are making such as the replacement of senior staff with more junior staff or a decrease in staffing levels

However, this plan does not usually work, because if the company does not inform their staff about the recompete stage, a competitor will likely do so, or they will hear it through the office grapevine. Therefore, it’s better to inform your staff well in advance of any recompete for several reasons. For example, your staff can provide:

  • Ideas for approaches, innovations, and improvements for winning the new contract
  • Valuable customer and competitor intelligence for helping you win
  • Proof points for validating your approach
  • Referrals for new hires to fill requirements gaps
  • Support for writing the proposal
  • Support for reviewing the proposal given their knowledge of the customer

Providing bonuses or recognition for participating in the capture and proposal effort will promote a sense of ownership and motivate your staff to not share sensitive information with competitors. Their participation also provides “on-the-job” training for the next time they participate in new business or organic growth.

By Brenda Crist, Vice President at Lohfeld Consulting Group, MPA, CPP APMP Fellow

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