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Highlight your strengths

Features tell, benefits sell…but in the federal space, strengths result in the win

We all know the adage: features tell, but benefits sell. This tired, old adage of how to sell is true, but in the federal space, strengths result in the win. Government evaluators typically review your proposal using a scoresheet. In accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR,) they must evaluate the bid based solely on the evaluation factors and subfactors as well as their relative importance. To do so, they must document strengths, weaknesses, deficiencies, and risks. Government evaluators search your proposal for information they need to document findings properly. Evaluators treat your proposal like an encyclopedia to search for potential strengths, weaknesses, deficiencies, and risks. Typically, evaluators review and score specific proposal sections rather than the entire bid. They do NOT read the proposal like a novel from page one to the end. Often, they do not bother to read sections that are not scored, such as the transmittal letter … Continue reading Highlight your strengths

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How government contractors can grow in an increasingly competitive and stagnant market

The case for acquiring GWACs/IDIQs

For the past several years, government spending on contracts has been stagnant or decreased. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) Contracting Data Analysis Assessment of Government-wide Trends Report (March 2017) found “that while defense obligations to buy products and services decreased by almost 31 percent from fiscal year 2011 through 2015, from $399 billion to $274 billion, civilian obligations remained fairly steady” at an average $128.3B. The Administration’s 2018 budget is likely to change spending dynamics with a proposed $54B increase in defense spending and decreases in civilian agencies ranging from a high of 33% at the Department of State to a low of 1% for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The case for acquiring GWACs/IDIQs So, how can government contractors grow in an increasingly competitive and stagnant market? One answer might be by leveraging Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) or Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts to grow business. GWACs … Continue reading How government contractors can grow in an increasingly competitive and stagnant market

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Government Matters | Francis Rose and Bob Lohfeld discuss Bob’s new book, “10 Steps to creating high-scoring proposals”

A modern perspective on proposal development and what really matters

Government Matters (ABC7 and NewsChannel 8) host Francis Rose and Bob Lohfeld discuss Bob’s new book, 10 Steps to creating high-scoring proposals: A modern perspective on proposal development and what really matters, and how government contractors can apply these principles to grow their businesses. — — In this book, we share our modern perspective on proposal management and what matters within the proposal process. We’re using these insights to help our customers concentrate on what’s truly important in proposal development and on best practices that may have fallen to the wayside in their companies. Available on Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle) – click to order We examine the Federal Government source selection decision-making process and what the government evaluators and the final decision maker look for as they review your proposals. We discuss our strength-based solutioning process and the difference between features and benefits—and how to really make your proposal stand … Continue reading Government Matters | Francis Rose and Bob Lohfeld discuss Bob’s new book, “10 Steps to creating high-scoring proposals”

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Do you understand how to show you understand? (Part 2 of 2)

Developing an insightful risk mitigation approach

Describing potential risks and proposed mitigations is an excellent way to show proposal evaluators you understand project complexities. In Part 1 of this blog post, I discussed six common pitfalls to demonstrating understanding and how to avoid them. An insightful risk approach identifies risks to successful project performance from the customer’s perspective, which requires that you know the customer. However, it also requires that you have experience. Based on your experience, you can describe risks you’ve encountered and how you mitigated them successfully. Here are five common pitfalls and five tips to a great risk mitigation approach that demonstrates your understanding of the customer and the contract. Pitfall #1: Your risks don’t matter Often bidders cut and paste risks from proposals for similar contracts. They give little thought to what really matters to this customer in terms of risks to successful schedule, budget, and quality performance. Tip #1: Identify risks … Continue reading Do you understand how to show you understand? (Part 2 of 2)

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