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Run your next proposal review like the government

Using the government’s review process to evaluate your proposals leads to a more realistic assessment of your score

There is a dichotomy between the way industry and government Source Selection Evaluation Boards (SSEBs) run proposal reviews. In industry, reviewers read the entire proposal and make in-line recommendations concerning how to improve each section. Industry evaluators also verify that suitable win themes are present. How the government reviews proposals In contrast, the government grades the proposal using a score sheet based on the evaluation criteria listed in the request for proposal (RFP). In most cases, you can find the evaluation criteria in the RFP’s Section M. The RFP also explains the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) criteria the government uses to evaluate the proposal. For example, if the government uses FAR Part 15, it is rating your proposal on a best-value scale using a numeric, adjectival, or confidence rating. As part of the rating scheme, they evaluate your proposal according to strengths, weaknesses, significant weaknesses, deficiencies, and risks. Government evaluators … Continue reading Run your next proposal review like the government

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Increase Your Confidence Rating Score

Confidence ratings are another form of an adjectival rating

If your proposal is evaluated in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) subparts 8.4, 15.3, 16.505, and Part 13, the Government can use a confidence rating to score all or part of a proposal. Confidence ratings are another form of an adjectival rating. However, only FAR Subpart 15.3 requires documentation of relative strengths, deficiencies, significant weaknesses, and risks. The Government uses a confidence rating for several reasons. First, it may mitigate controversies associated with a more detailed adjectival (red, yellow, green, blue) or numeric scores. Second, it enables the Government to score the proposal holistically rather for a certain part of the proposal like the technical, management, past performance, or transition plan. Third, it makes it easier for the Source Selection Authority to rationalize a decision for an award. The Government has the leeway to define adjectives applied to a confidence rating. The Government may use a high-level confidence rating … Continue reading Increase Your Confidence Rating Score

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The Rationale for Eliminating Win Themes in Proposals

The Government is clear how they evaluate best value bids

If you attended a proposal writing class years ago, the instructor taught you to include win themes in every major proposal section. The instructor told you to link win themes to discriminators found in your offer and that the most powerful win themes discriminated your offer from those of your competitors. While it is good to differentiate your solution from competitors, it is only part of the equation needed to win. To win, you must consider the Government’s own instructions describing how they evaluate bids when using Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR) Part 15 15.101 Best value continuum, as opposed to FAR Part 15.101-2, where they look for the lowest price technically acceptable bid. In FAR Part 15.305 Proposal Evaluation, the Government is clear how they evaluate best value bids, “Evaluations may be conducted using any rating method or combination of methods, including color or adjectival ratings, numerical weights, and ordinal … Continue reading The Rationale for Eliminating Win Themes in Proposals

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Here’s what you need to know when the customer asks you to write the PWS

Understand why the government takes this approach

Proposal professionals are accustomed to responding to the Federal Government’s requirements as detailed in the performance work statement (PWS) included in the RFP. Here’s what to know when the government asks you to write the PWS. According to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 48 Subpart 37.101, the PWS is the preferred performance-based acquisition (PBA) approach because the focus is on “structuring all aspects of an acquisition around the purpose of the work to be performed as opposed to either the manner by which the work is to be performed or broad and imprecise statements of work.” The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 37.602 allows either the government or the bidder to prepare the PWS. If the government issues the PWS as part of the solicitation, then bidders must respond to the requirements by presenting the features, benefits, and proofs of their proposed solution and highlighting Strengths. In contrast, highlighting a discriminating value … Continue reading Here’s what you need to know when the customer asks you to write the PWS

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