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How ChatGPT might benefit bids and proposals

Five ways ChatGPT can support bids/capture now and in the future

ChatGPT (Generative Pre-prepared Transformer) is a natural language processor driven by artificial intelligence (AI) technology, which enables you to have human-like conversations. OpenAI, a research company, created ChatGPT and launched on November 30, 2022. You can learn more about ChatGPT at this website. Usage is free to the public for now because it is still in the research and development phase. You can sign up for a free account at the ChatGPT website, and you can download the associated app (Discord – Chat, Talk, & Hangout) to test and play with it. Five ways ChatGPT can support bids/capture now and in the future Eventually, bid and proposal industry-specific apps can extend ChatGPT’s capabilities and enable it to perform functions including the following: Generate resumes by ingesting staff members’ employment history, education, certifications, and relevant accomplishments. Generate past performance by ingesting information from the company’s past performance repository. Produce a compliance … Continue reading How ChatGPT might benefit bids and proposals

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Advanced scheduling

Verifying the proposal is on schedule is one of the most important duties of the proposal manager

All proposals have one thing in common. Unless they meet their submission deadlines, the customer does not evaluate them, and the company loses the bid. Therefore, verifying the proposal is on schedule is one of the most important duties of the proposal manager. However, most proposal managers don’t manage just one proposal. Most proposal managers handle several proposals simultaneously, and proposal directors manage the entire portfolio of proposals. The customer compounds the complexity of managing multiple bids by not always communicating the request for proposal (RFP) or post-RFP amendments’ release dates in advance. Trying to manage multiple schedules with conflicting requirements is stressful. Therefore, we sought out the advice of experts to complement the scheduling best practices found in the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) Body of Knowledge (BOK). These additional sources include the Schedule Assessment Guide from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). This report is available from the … Continue reading Advanced scheduling

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Missteps to avoid when using GSA’s Symphony Procurement Suite

Symphony ensures agencies are purchasing according to fair opportunity laws and rules.

GSA has adopted the Symphony Procurement Suite to manage its IDIQ contracts. This web-based, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) contract management and automation tool from Apex Logic allows government organizations to manage complex contracts. Symphony ensures agencies are purchasing according to fair opportunity laws and rules. GSA is still using eBuy and GSA Assist to manage task order deals—the use of Symphony is optional. However, it is the preferred way of the future.  Who is using Symphony?  Symphony was first used on the GSA OASIS program to provide oversight and management of the solicitation process, including proposal evaluations. It has also been used or will be used to capture bids for complex IDIQ vehicles like Polaris, ASTRO, OASIS+, Alliant 3, Evolve (Department of State), and OMNIBUS (Defense Health Agency).   Symphony operates in the FEDRamp-certified AWS cloud, is completely compliant with FAR 16.5, 100% web-based, and uses open-source technology. GSA claims that to … Continue reading Missteps to avoid when using GSA’s Symphony Procurement Suite

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Top 10 free government websites and databases for supporting your bid

The Federal Government publishes an inordinate amount of free information for jumpstarting your bids.

The Federal Government publishes an inordinate amount of free information for jumpstarting your bids. We summarize our top 10 favorites below. Many of these free databases are hosted by the General Services Administration (GSA), so visit GAO.gov for a comprehensive list of the agency’s assets. While we rely on these free databases, we combine them with paid database subscriptions (we subscribe to Deltek GovWin) to get the best of both worlds. Free tracking databases to support capture and proposal System Award for Management (SAM) (SAM.gov): This website provides a one-stop shop for identifying and tracking bid and contract information. Sam.gov enables users to register their business with the Federal Government, track contracting opportunities, capture contractor performance information, view contract data, and search assistance listings. Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) (sba.gov/pro-net/search/dsp_dsbs.cfm): Helps you to find small business contractors for potential teaming on upcoming bids. Individual Agency Acquisition sites: Some agencies maintain … Continue reading Top 10 free government websites and databases for supporting your bid

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