Click here to listen to Mark’s interview On January 22, 2018 Amtower Off Center host Mark Amtower talked with Simon Szykman (CTO of Attain and former CIO of Commerce) and Bob Lohfeld (CEO, Lohfeld Consulting) about continuing resolutions and shutdowns. CRs are both a way of life and a standing joke in the govcon arena, but there are consequences. Shutdowns, less frequent, but often threatened, have both significant costs and dire consequences beyond the parks being closed. Topics include: The impact of CRs on agencies and contractors The end-of-FY spending as a result of CRs The mandated preparation by contractors and Feds for impending shutdowns Small business collateral damage as a result of shutdowns Shutdown impact on the overall economy 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 … Continue reading The real cost of CRs and shutdowns | Amtower Off-Center
In FY18, 20 Super Small Business Tasks Orders (TOs) with combined ceiling values of more than $1.3 billion and spending to date of more than $1.2 billion will exceed their ultimate expiration date and become eligible for competition (see Exhibit 1). We define a Super Small Business TO as an individual TO awarded under the umbrella of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) or Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). We required that the IDIQ or GWAC contain a selected pool of contractors who compete on request for TO proposals. We ensured all TOs had a distinct primary contract vehicle number and TO contract number and that all TOs were set aside for small business. To find the Top 20 Small Business TOs, we looked for TOs with an ultimate expiration date of no later than September 30, 2018 and whose primary requirement and NAICS code was for either information technology (IT) or … Continue reading The SUPER Small Business Task Orders
In FY18, 20 Super Professional Services Task Orders with combined ceiling values of more than $19.6 billion and spending to date of more than $19.5 billion will exceed their ultimate expiration date and become eligible for competition (see Exhibit 1). We defined a Super Professional Services Task Order as an individual task order awarded under the umbrella of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) or Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). We required that the IDIQ or GWAC contain a selected pool of contractors who compete on request for task order proposals. We ensured all task orders had a distinct primary contract vehicle number and task order contract number. To find the Top 20 Super Professional Services Task Orders, we looked for task orders with an ultimate expiration date of no later than September 30, 2018, whose primary requirement and NAICS code was for professional services. We focused on task orders representing the … Continue reading The SUPER Professional Services Task Orders
After the Department of Homeland Security cancelled the $1.5 billion Flexible Agile Support for the Homeland (FLASH) procurement May 26, the vendor community was irritated, and rightfully so. This Small Business (SB) set-aside, procured through the DHS Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL), required time, money, and expertise to undertake a technical challenge. Bidders had to demonstrate specialized skills in the incremental Agile software development methodology with rapid prototyping and better user interfaces. Numerous protests and a cancelled procurement After 111 companies applied for a spot on this IDIQ through a process that included limited written proposals, a three-minute initial video, and a four-hour live technology demonstration, DHS made 11 awards that were quickly the subject of 35 separate protests by 10 bidders. Protests centered around numerous mistakes made in the evaluation process. When DHS subsequently cancelled the procurement after six months, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) dismissed the protests. Industry outcry … Continue reading DHS FLASH 2.0: Should you invest in this procurement?