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The procurement environment in 2018 | Amtower Off Center

Host Mark Amtower interviews industry experts Bob Lohfeld and Stan Soloway – May 2018

Click here to listen to Mark’s interview On May 7, 2018 Amtower Off Center host Mark Amtower talked with Stan Soloway (President and CEO of Celero Strategies) and Bob Lohfeld (CEO, Lohfeld Consulting) on several issues impacting government contracting. Topics include: the procurement climate under the Trump administration the impact of the new environment on all contractors (large, mid and small) which contracts are more active for services, including the GWACs and IDIQs (Alliant, OASIS, CIO-SP3, Seaport-e and NG) the headline-making OTAs non-traditional and alternative contracting DoDs JEDI the “commercial portal” legislation and the potential impact Hosted by nationally-known speaker and consultant Mark Amtower, Amtower Off-Center highlights the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain silly of doing business in the government market. Every week experts join Mark for a lively discussion of current issues facing the government contractor community.     Stan Soloway is President & CEO of Celero … Continue reading The procurement environment in 2018 | Amtower Off Center

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Bids with No Capture

Why do companies bid work without any capture effort?

I confess. I have bid work without any previous capture effort and no first-hand knowledge of the customer’s requirements. I understand that I just violated every proposal industry best practice and I may have to return my Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) certification. It is clear, bidding without any knowledge of the customer requirements greatly diminishes the chance of winning and increases transition and operational risks. So why do companies bid work without any capture effort when on paper it makes no sense? The root cause stems from how a company manages its pipeline. A company with mature pipeline practices allocates sufficient time and resources for all its capture and proposal efforts. A company with an immature pipeline has gaps between bids, has not effectively allocated capture and proposal resources, and has failed to engage with the customer. So, is it ever OK to submit a proposal on a … Continue reading Bids with No Capture

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Get Ready for the Q3 and Q4 SUPER Task Orders

Contract holders can expect a roaring third and fourth quarter 2018

Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) or Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) contract holders can expect a roaring third and fourth quarter 2018, since many bids expected in the Q1 and Q2 were stalled in procurement. Exhibit 1 lists our pick of the Top IT Task Orders, Exhibit 2 lists our picks of Top Professional Services Task Orders for Q3 and Q4. We define a Super Business Task Order as an individual task order awarded under the umbrella of an IDIQ or GWAC. We required that the IDIQ or GWAC have a selected pool of contractors, who compete on requests for task order proposals. We ensured all task orders had a distinct primary contract vehicle number and task order contract number, and that all task orders were unrestricted or set aside for small business. To find the Super Task Orders, we looked for task orders with an ultimate expiration date of no later … Continue reading Get Ready for the Q3 and Q4 SUPER Task Orders

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Think Positive for Positive Results

Attitude is everything

We’ve all heard the saying about the glass being half empty or half full. Your answer to this question can have profound affects on your proposal group and your bottom line win rate! About 20 years ago, I went through a divorce. It was the worst and most painful experience of my life. I lost two years grieving, feeling like a failure, and sitting on a real pity pot. My glass was completely empty. Thanks to lots of counseling, pastoral support, and the love of friends, I came through that period and learned that I have a choice today – the choice to be happy! And when I am happy, those around me are happy. It has become one of my primary life goals – to be happy. Studies have long shown that not only does success at work lead to individual satisfaction and happiness, but that happiness leads to … Continue reading Think Positive for Positive Results

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