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Best-in-class vehicles are rising but agency contracts still rock

Know your tiers – why agency vehicles are still the best!

This article was originally published January 10, 2020 on WashingtonTechnology.com By now, we are all familiar with Category Management, an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) initiative to “eliminate redundancies, increase efficiency, and deliver more value and savings from the Government’s acquisition programs”. Based on government-wide spending analysis, the General Services Administration (GSA) mapped Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) reported spending to Product Service Codes (PSCs) and developed 10 procurement categories. Understanding SUM and BIC The latest OMB Memorandum (March 20, 2019) directed agencies to spend more wisely through a Spend Under Management (SUM) approach and execute plans to increase use of contract solutions designated as Best In Class (BIC). There are 41 BICs across the 10 categories of spending. SUM is the percentage of an agency’s spending that is actively managed according to Category Management principles. SUM only applies to obligated transactions that fall under an applicable business tier: … Continue reading Best-in-class vehicles are rising but agency contracts still rock

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12 Tips to get the most out of your B&P dollars

Through careful planning there are measures you can take to stretch your B&P dollars

Every time I go shopping, I try to stretch my dollars to get the best possible products for the most favorable prices. Consider using your Bid and Proposal (B&P) funds in the same way. Spend just enough money to create a winning proposal and use the leftover cash to fund new bids, improve your B&P infrastructure or enhance your team’s skills. However, maximizing your B&P is difficult due to unknown variables. Changes in the customer’s priorities and budget, moving Request Proposal (RFP) release dates, unforeseen RFP amendments, and internal workforce constraints can easily derail a B&P budget. However, through careful planning there are measures you can take to stretch your B&P dollars, including the 12 tips listed below. Identify the amount your company can comfortably spend on B&P, without impacting its competitive edge or profitability. Create mock customer score cards and debrief statements to help identify the level of effort … Continue reading 12 Tips to get the most out of your B&P dollars

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GWACs, BICs, & Category Management: Where does Small Biz fit? | Amtower Off Center

The impact of GWACs and IDIQs on small businesses

Click here to listen to Mark’s interview On January 7, 2020 on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower interviewed Bob Lohfeld, Founder and CEO of Lohfeld Consulting Group and Kevin Plexico, Senior Vice President, Information Solutions of Deltek on identifying, pursuing, bidding and winning contracts. This was a wide-ranging discussion focused on: GWACs and their growth over the past five years response times for task orders shrinking “best in class” contracts category management how long out you should plan if you want to win a prime spot on a GWAC the impact of GWACs and IDIQs on small businesses 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.     Bob Lohfeld, … Continue reading GWACs, BICs, & Category Management: Where does Small Biz fit? | Amtower Off Center

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Transform Color Team Reviews in 2020 with Training

Invest in training your employees to evaluate proposals constructively.

Federal Government evaluators do not read your proposal; they score it. Observed features with proven benefits that have merit beyond mere acceptability are scored as strengths. The bidder with the best and possibly the most strengths wins in a best value trade-off. Yet, when we conduct internal color team reviews, we tend to gather comments (many comments!) rather than scoring and rating the proposal. We try to resolve conflicts on comments rather than trying to improve Strengths and mitigate Weaknesses, Deficiencies and Risks from the customer perspective. I have written extensively on how to improve color team reviews using Lohfeld Consulting Group’s seven quality measures and Mock Source Selection Evaluation Board reviews using Government scoresheets. These are excellent ways to use our Subject Matter Experts to cost effectively score the proposal and give you honest feedback in the manner of a Government debrief. Another cost-effective strategy is training. Our Strength-Based … Continue reading Transform Color Team Reviews in 2020 with Training

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