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How does the government evaluate a proposal PWS?

Developing a comprehensive and effective PWS is a great way to show the government that you understand the work

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 37.602 gives the Federal Government the freedom to decide if the acquiring agency or the bidder prepares the Performance Work Statement (PWS). When the offeror prepares and submits the PWS as part of its technical proposal, often the evaluation criteria give the Source Selection Evaluation Board (SSEB) quite a bit of leeway in evaluating the work statement. The PWS evaluation factor may use subjective words such as “exceptional understanding” and “a comprehensive and effective PWS.” What does this really mean? In a best value trade-off, government evaluators review the PWS for Strengths, Weaknesses, Deficiencies, and Risks to determine the overall score or rating. When the RFP requests that the bidder write the PWS in response to a Statement of Objectives (SOO), bidders must use these performance objectives to craft the tasks, subtasks, deliverables or work products, and performance standards. How to achieve Strengths Strengths have merit … Continue reading How does the government evaluate a proposal PWS?

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APMP Chesapeake Chapter Webinar: When the bidder writes the PWS | November 3, 2021

DATE: November 3, 2021 TIME: 12:00 – 1:00 pm LOCATION: Online CLICK HERE TO REGISTER The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) allows either the government or the bidder to prepare the performance work statement (PWS) or Statement of Work (SOW). If the government issues the PWS/SOW as part of the solicitation, then bidders must respond to the requirements by presenting the features, benefits, and proofs of their proposed solution and highlighting strengths. But what happens when the Government asks you, the bidder, to create the PWS or SOW? This webinar explores why the Government asks bidders to write the work statement and how to be compliant and responsive to this request. Attendees will also learn tips for making your PWS or SOW compelling in order to score highly and win the bid. Presenter:  Lisa Pafe, CPP APMP Fellow and PMP Lisa Pafe, CPP APMP Fellow and PMP, is Vice President of … Continue reading APMP Chesapeake Chapter Webinar: When the bidder writes the PWS | November 3, 2021

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Meritorious Strengths

DOD procurements have changed their standard definition of a “Strength”

Have you noticed in recent DOD procurements that their standard definition of a “Strength” has changed, however slightly? I first noticed it when an active major RFP amended its Section M definition as part of an amendment. The change summary said that the government was adding the words “has merit or” to the definition. In context: Strength is an aspect of an Offeror’s proposal that has merit or exceeds specified performance or capability requirements in a way that will be advantageous to the Government during contract performance. Our client was thrilled! The client is an industry leader in a highly regulated industry, and the government’s requirements read like a best practices list for the industry. It had been difficult figuring out how our solution exceeded the requirements in a way that would be advantageous to the government in contract performance. As we began to consider what this meant to our … Continue reading Meritorious Strengths

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