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Preparing Section 508-compliant proposal documents using MS Word

We recently supported several proposal efforts that required submitting Section 508-compliant documents. (Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires that U.S. Government information and data should be accessible to people with disabilities.) Here are 10 quick tips for creating Section 508-compliant documents using MS Word. Use MS Word styles to define headings and normal text. Use built-in MS Word formats to create columns, bullets, lists, tables, headers, footers, and footnotes. Provide tags for all images using the alt text feature to describe each image using words. Provide a description of a chart or graphic immediately after that chart or graphic. Provide text descriptions or equivalents for any graphics or flowcharts. If color is used to convey information, the text must also convey that information. Use colors that people who are color blind can distinguish; most color-blind people have trouble distinguishing green and red or blue and yellow. Embed … Continue reading Preparing Section 508-compliant proposal documents using MS Word

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Q&A Part 3 | Top 20 bids for 2017—and the market trends that will affect how you build your pipeline

Lohfeld Business Winning Webinars [webinar replay]

We received a lot of audience questions during our recent Top 20 bids for 2017 webinar. Here is part 3 of our Q&A. Question: With more and more work going to task orders that have less visibility, how can you find out more about what task orders to bid? Brenda Crist’s Answer: That’s a great question, and it’s really tough too because I use most all of the government research services and it’s sometimes hard to find out, although GovWin does provide some of the old RFPs. So, if you don’t have that service, go to the contracting officer and go through your old emails. You have to find that old RFP. Then you can start doing your traditional capture on it. That is definitely hard.   Question: Everyone is going after these high-profile bids. How can we make our proposals stand out? Lisa Pafe’s Answer: What we recommend to … Continue reading Q&A Part 3 | Top 20 bids for 2017—and the market trends that will affect how you build your pipeline

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High value but not so high profile – GovCon

For the past 7 years, the total value of Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts has kept pace with or exceeded the value awarded to definitive contracts. Agencies issue definitive contacts to one company to provide a product or service for a specified price. In contrast, agencies issue IDIQ contracts to a multiple awardee pool, who bid on task orders (TOs) that also provide a product or service for a specific price. Some of the most popular IDIQ contracts include the General Service Administration’s (GSA) Alliant/Alliant Small Business (SB), the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) CIO-SP3, and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading-Edge Solutions II (EAGLE II). According to Bloomberg Government’s “Contracts Drive Federal Market: BGOV Contractors Digest,” in 2014, definitive contracts took 53% of the contracting market value while IDIQs took 47% of the contracting market value. In addition, high-value opportunities in the $100–$500 … Continue reading High value but not so high profile – GovCon

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Q&A Part 2 | Top 20 bids for 2017—and the market trends that will affect how you build your pipeline

Lohfeld Business Winning Webinars [webinar replay]

We received a lot of audience questions during our recent Top 20 bids for 2017 webinar. Here is part 2 of our Q&A. Question: What is the state of mergers and acquisitions and what does this mean for the competitive environment? Bob Lohfeld’s Answer: Companies go through this merger and acquisition ritual basically for two purposes. One is to realign their business strategy, and the other is to buy backlog. I think over the last several years we’ve really seen a significant realignment in the market based on strategy. The first one to do it was SAIC splitting off part of their business for organizational conflict of interest reasons. The neatest deal this year I thought was Lockheed Martin’s deal to spin off IS&GS. Everybody says it was because Lockheed Martin wanted to get out of the low-price business, but my take on it was they really wanted to buy … Continue reading Q&A Part 2 | Top 20 bids for 2017—and the market trends that will affect how you build your pipeline

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