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Missteps to avoid when using GSA’s Symphony Procurement Suite

Symphony ensures agencies are purchasing according to fair opportunity laws and rules.

GSA has adopted the Symphony Procurement Suite to manage its IDIQ contracts. This web-based, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) contract management and automation tool from Apex Logic allows government organizations to manage complex contracts. Symphony ensures agencies are purchasing according to fair opportunity laws and rules. GSA is still using eBuy and GSA Assist to manage task order deals—the use of Symphony is optional. However, it is the preferred way of the future.  Who is using Symphony?  Symphony was first used on the GSA OASIS program to provide oversight and management of the solicitation process, including proposal evaluations. It has also been used or will be used to capture bids for complex IDIQ vehicles like Polaris, ASTRO, OASIS+, Alliant 3, Evolve (Department of State), and OMNIBUS (Defense Health Agency).   Symphony operates in the FEDRamp-certified AWS cloud, is completely compliant with FAR 16.5, 100% web-based, and uses open-source technology. GSA claims that to … Continue reading Missteps to avoid when using GSA’s Symphony Procurement Suite

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“Evolve Care Package” for creating a high-scoring proposal

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM) is about to release its $10B Evolve IDIQ. The bid is highly competitive—hundreds of companies showed interest during DOS’ industry day—while DOS is only likely to award 36 Evolve contracts. Evolve stage gates DOS is looking to eliminate low performers early in the competition and has set up two stage gates. In Stage 1, companies must pass DOS’ evaluation of their past performance, corporate experience, and information provided on the “go/no go” information sheets. Companies passing Stage 1 continue to Stage 2, where the competition increases. Companies must make two oral presentations in response to an unknown technical challenge and a management approach. DOS will use the Best Value-Tradeoff source selection process defined in FAR 15.101-1 (Tradeoff Process) to make the award. For non-price factors, DOS will consider the strengths, weaknesses, and deficiencies associated with your bid. DOS … Continue reading “Evolve Care Package” for creating a high-scoring proposal

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