The White House’s recently released IT Modernization Report, out for public comment until September 20, says all the right things. The American Technology Council draft, required by Executive Order (EO) 13800, Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, recommends that agencies take the following steps to secure and modernize federal IT: Modernize and consolidate networks: Cloud computing, modernization of government-hosted applications, and better security for legacy systems. Use shared services to enable future network architectures: Commercial cloud, cloud email and collaboration tools, and additional security for shared services. These initiatives are like motherhood and apple pie, sure to enjoy bipartisan support. Game theory Appendix D of the draft report recommends an acquisition pilot that applies Nash equilibrium, a game theory, to create virtual “street corners” to drive better government-wide volume pricing for cloud email providers, thus lowering costs and speeding migration. Appendix D also throws in a shout … Continue reading IT modernization has bipartisan support, but where are the dollars?
Join us at the 2017 APMP-NCA Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) for a jam-packed day of presentations by business development, capture, and proposal professionals. This year’s conference theme: Potential Unlimited! Everyone wants to realize their maximum potential in whatever their chosen profession. How do you do that in the world of business development, capture management, and proposal development? The APMP-NCA 2017 MAC will help you and your organization maximize your potential by learning from some of the top professionals in the country. The four program tracks – Technologies, Transitions, Creativity, and Success – are designed to inspire, motivate, educate, and rejuvenate you. The sessions will provide tangible takeaways – specific tools, techniques, and practices – that you can bring back to your day-to-day work. You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in a vigorous exchange of ideas with fellow BD/capture/proposal professionals. Whether you come to the conference looking for inspiration, motivation, rejuvenation, or … Continue reading Join our team at the 2017 APMP-NCA Mid-Atlantic Conference & Expo
3:00 pm Atlantic / 2:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Mountain / 11:00 am Pacific Click to register at APMP Maple Leaf Chapter WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: A 2015 Microsoft study found that digital distractions have resulted in the average person having an 8-second attention span, less than a goldfish! A 2016 Harvard Business Review article stated that bad writing is the biggest productivity buster. Yet, we still write proposals the old-fashioned way, as if our evaluators have unlimited time and focus. This webinar will discuss how to modernize our proposal writing to win in the digital age, using persuasive, attention-grabbing techniques such as calls to action, exceeding expectations, and clearly relevant writing. MEET YOUR PRESENTER: Lisa Pafe, Vice President (VP) at Lohfeld Consulting Group, CPP APMP Fellow and PMP, has 25+ years’ capture and proposal experience. She is President of the APMP-National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter, and was VP … Continue reading Webinar – Proposal Writing and the Eight-Second Attention Span | Oct. 11, 2017 | APMP Maple Leaf Chapter
Last week, Lisa Pafe and Beth Wingate sat down with Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller to discuss the latest updates on Alliant 2 (GSA requested bidders extend their offers through Dec. 31) and bids we’re tracking for FY17/FY18. Lisa shared that GSA reached out to some contractors for related clarifications and additional documents. “What that means is hard to say for sure. Does it mean these vendors passed the first test and GSA is now asking for additional documents? Other than that, everyone is just waiting for the awards. Since GSA is going to rank offers based on self-scoring, I think it’s taking a little longer for them to do the verifications.” “Alliant is a well-liked contract, and many companies have been able to grow their businesses by winning major task orders. I think the biggest concerns with Alliant 2 will be for the mid-tier vendors, who were successful on … Continue reading Alliant 2 and other billion-dollar contracts worth watching this fall