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Ready for some inspiration? 13 lists to find your next good book

Find your next business book or summer read

I’m never without a book in my hand—well maybe not while paddling my kayak—but that’s about it! I vividly remember the day in 2nd grade when Mrs. Neman, the librarian at our local library, called my Mom to report me for trying to check out books that were “too precocious” for my age. I was flabbergasted that someone wanted to keep me from reading and learning about something new—I think it was a couple of books about spies or race car drivers or astronauts (all careers-of-choice to my 7-year-old self)! My Mom’s response? “Let her check out any book she ever wants to read!” I’ve never looked back! If you take a look at my ereaders (Kindle Voyage, iPad Pro), you’ll find a plethora of business books on marketing, social media, design, knowledge management, program management, creativity, graphics, leadership, programming… If you look at my “fun” books, you’ll find thrillers, … Continue reading Ready for some inspiration? 13 lists to find your next good book

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GSA Alliant 2: Focus now on Product Service Codes (PSCs)

GSA Alliant 2 and Alliant 2 SB will be released on or about June 20 with a 60-day turn. GSA announced via GSA Interact that vendors should be cautious about relying on the draft since the final RFP will contain major changes. However, there is one area you can work hard right now: Product Service Codes (PSCs). Pesky PSCs encompass 40 percent of the available evaluation points. Bidders must prove that they have up to seven distinct projects across three PSC groups to gain maximum points. How do bidders prove the PSC code? The draft RFP requires that bidders submit the most recent Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation (FPDS-NG) report identifying the PSC code. Your first step is to search on FPDS-NG for the relevant experience projects you plan to use in your proposal. What should you do if the PSC code you want to claim is not reflected in the FPDS-NG report or … Continue reading GSA Alliant 2: Focus now on Product Service Codes (PSCs)

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Can GSA help agencies gain efficiencies?

Washington Technology Article

In 2014, many legislators and pundits hailed the Federal Information Technology Reform Act (FITARA) as the most significant changes to the federal IT procurement system since the Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996. Bolstered by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance giving agency CIOs more authority for delivering IT on schedule and within budget, agency CIOs are accountable for reporting results through an IT scorecard. However, at the May 18 House hearing, the scorecard was dismal. The scorecard reports four key measures of technology reform success: Incremental Development Risk Assessment Transparency IT Portfolio Review Savings, and Data Center Consolidation. Overall scores of 24 agencies were as follows: Zero received an A Only one agency received a grade of B 22 received grades of C to D, and One received an F. Those are poor grades, and if an IT contractor received such a score, they certainly would not … Continue reading Can GSA help agencies gain efficiencies?

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GSA VETS 2 & Alliant 2 – Get a Second Opinion

UPDATE: GSA VETS 2 due date was extended to June 20. Alliant 2 and Alliant 2 SB will be released on or about June 20 with a 60-day turn. Plan ahead!

I have written extensively about the General Service Administration (GSA)’s evaluation approach for GSA One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS), Alliant/Alliant Small Business 2, Veterans Technology Services (VETS) 2, and the new Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTS). The advantage for GSA is objectivity since bidders self score, thus supposedly reducing the risk of protest. The advantage for bidders is that they know in advance if they have a good probability of securing a spot on these critical Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs). A recent article on the HCaTS procurement pointed to some major risks for bidders who fail to achieve compliance. Apparently, GSA did not award the maximum number of slots available and instead disqualified a number of bidders, possibly for compliance issues. The bidders who focused only on their bottom-line scores and did not carefully check the compliance of their proposal and associated documentation lost out. Now 26 bidders have filed … Continue reading GSA VETS 2 & Alliant 2 – Get a Second Opinion

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