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MULTI-PART SERIES: How to have better meetings with Acquisition officials – Up close and personal, Part 2

A COVID conversation with Jacob Bertram, former Director of Contract Operations at GSA

Just because COVID-19 is forcing us indoors doesn’t mean that we can’t get together and learn from one another. Recently, Lohfeld Principal Consultant and Capture expert Dr. Doug Himberger interviewed former GSA Contracts Director, Jacob Bertram. In this second installment, Doug and Jacob discuss how to have better meetings as part of developing a strategy for winning business at an agency. For the previous installment, click here. [Doug] Jacob, So you’ve had a number of meetings many, many over the years, and the companies that came in to meet with you, how would you describe them? What were their characteristics that you found to be positive, that made you want to have additional meetings with them, that you found to be productive meetings. What about those industry meetings? How would you describe and characterize those companies? [Jacob] The ones that I remember the most over my 15 years in government … Continue reading MULTI-PART SERIES: How to have better meetings with Acquisition officials – Up close and personal, Part 2

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MULTI-PART SERIES: Meeting with Acquisition officials – Up close and personal, Part 1

A COVID conversation with Jacob Bertram, former Director of Contract Operations at GSA

Just because COVID-19 is forcing us indoors doesn’t mean that we can’t get together and learn from one another. Lohfeld Principal Consultant and capture expert Dr. Doug Himberger interviewed Jacob Bertram, former GSA Contracts Director. In this first installment, Doug and Jacob discuss building customer relationships as part of developing a strategy for winning business at an agency. [Doug] Thank you to Jacob Bertram for joining me. For our readers, Jacob is a former government contracts director and acquisition professional now with industry. When he was with the government, he supported DOE, DCMA, DCAA, and GSA. We have some questions that we’ve been dying to ask the government, and we’re really looking forward to hearing how Jacob reflects on them. [Jacob] Thank you, Doug. [Doug] Our first overall topic is developing customer relationships. My first question has to do with the way industry interacts with customers in general. Doesn’t the … Continue reading MULTI-PART SERIES: Meeting with Acquisition officials – Up close and personal, Part 1

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Let’s merge schedules and GWACs to create something really innovative

Combining the best features into a new program focused on simplicity, technology, and commercial practices

This article was originally published on August 3, 2020 on WashingtonTechnology.com The Multiple Award Schedule program is arguably one of the most efficient contract vehicles ever developed by the federal government. The longevity of the program is a testament to the innovation and the speed to market. As the program is not designed for complex needs spanning multiple disciplines, GSA brought those capabilities to market with various government-wide acquisition contract programs. In the current form, there are the MAS and GWAC programs that serve unique purposes. GSA’s gone through great lengths to simplify MAS — the single schedule has potential to significantly streamline acquisition as a single contract vehicle. As many benefits as MAS provides, it’s not without challenges: namely, the inflexibility of priced products and labor categories, labor category descriptions, and outdated price reductions clause. Many GWACs solve these challenges, yet the ability to be added to a contract … Continue reading Let’s merge schedules and GWACs to create something really innovative

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GWACs, BICs, & Category Management: Where does Small Biz fit? | Amtower Off Center

The impact of GWACs and IDIQs on small businesses

Click here to listen to Mark’s interview On January 7, 2020 on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower interviewed Bob Lohfeld, Founder and CEO of Lohfeld Consulting Group and Kevin Plexico, Senior Vice President, Information Solutions of Deltek on identifying, pursuing, bidding and winning contracts. This was a wide-ranging discussion focused on: GWACs and their growth over the past five years response times for task orders shrinking “best in class” contracts category management how long out you should plan if you want to win a prime spot on a GWAC the impact of GWACs and IDIQs on small businesses 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 join Mark for a lively discussion of current issues facing the government contractor community.     Bob Lohfeld, … Continue reading GWACs, BICs, & Category Management: Where does Small Biz fit? | Amtower Off Center

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