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Alliant 2 and other billion-dollar contracts worth watching this fall

FY17/FY18 opportunities interview with Jason Miller, Federal News Radio

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

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Highlight your strengths

Features tell, benefits sell…but in the federal space, strengths result in the win

We all know the adage: features tell, but benefits sell. This tired, old adage of how to sell is true, but in the federal space, strengths result in the win. Government evaluators typically review your proposal using a scoresheet. In accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR,) they must evaluate the bid based solely on the evaluation factors and subfactors as well as their relative importance. To do so, they must document strengths, weaknesses, deficiencies, and risks. Government evaluators search your proposal for information they need to document findings properly. Evaluators treat your proposal like an encyclopedia to search for potential strengths, weaknesses, deficiencies, and risks. Typically, evaluators review and score specific proposal sections rather than the entire bid. They do NOT read the proposal like a novel from page one to the end. Often, they do not bother to read sections that are not scored, such as the transmittal letter … Continue reading Highlight your strengths

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Government Matters | Francis Rose and Bob Lohfeld discuss Bob’s new book, “10 Steps to creating high-scoring proposals”

A modern perspective on proposal development and what really matters

Government Matters (ABC7 and NewsChannel 8) host Francis Rose and Bob Lohfeld discuss Bob’s new book, 10 Steps to creating high-scoring proposals: A modern perspective on proposal development and what really matters, and how government contractors can apply these principles to grow their businesses. — — In this book, we share our modern perspective on proposal management and what matters within the proposal process. We’re using these insights to help our customers concentrate on what’s truly important in proposal development and on best practices that may have fallen to the wayside in their companies. Available on Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle) – click to order We examine the Federal Government source selection decision-making process and what the government evaluators and the final decision maker look for as they review your proposals. We discuss our strength-based solutioning process and the difference between features and benefits—and how to really make your proposal stand … Continue reading Government Matters | Francis Rose and Bob Lohfeld discuss Bob’s new book, “10 Steps to creating high-scoring proposals”

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A 360 degree view of wired RFPs

Proposal professionals use the term wired to refer to a request for proposal (RFP) they believe is rigged to ensure one company wins. Customers rig an RFP by using specific requirements and evaluation criteria that favor one company versus the competition. Although there are many ways to wire an RFP, here are 10 common methods: Customers select an acquisition vehicle that severely limits the competitive field Resumes are required for all or most positions, even non-management positions Resume requirements reflect obscure or hard-to-find skills, education, or certifications Evaluation criteria (usually >60%) is weighted in favor of resumes and past performance Threshold for using a past performance reference limits the competition Technical requirements are so specific only an incumbent could respond to them Customer’s objectives and technical requirements are so vague they are hard to interpret RFP asks the offeror to respond to multiple sample task orders that are specific Turnaround … Continue reading A 360 degree view of wired RFPs

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