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Top 10 free government websites and databases for supporting your bid

The Federal Government publishes an inordinate amount of free information for jumpstarting your bids.

The Federal Government publishes an inordinate amount of free information for jumpstarting your bids. We summarize our top 10 favorites below. Many of these free databases are hosted by the General Services Administration (GSA), so visit GAO.gov for a comprehensive list of the agency’s assets. While we rely on these free databases, we combine them with paid database subscriptions (we subscribe to Deltek GovWin) to get the best of both worlds. Free tracking databases to support capture and proposal System Award for Management (SAM) (SAM.gov): This website provides a one-stop shop for identifying and tracking bid and contract information. Sam.gov enables users to register their business with the Federal Government, track contracting opportunities, capture contractor performance information, view contract data, and search assistance listings. Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) (sba.gov/pro-net/search/dsp_dsbs.cfm): Helps you to find small business contractors for potential teaming on upcoming bids. Individual Agency Acquisition sites: Some agencies maintain … Continue reading Top 10 free government websites and databases for supporting your bid

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CIO-SP4 sets a record for protests!

IT services contract vehicle is in danger of being crushed by protests

Jason Miller, Executive Editor at Federal News Network, reached out to me about what went wrong with the CIO-SP4 procurement. I told him NIH should stop trying to restrict the number of award winners and instead open the vehicle to the maximum number of companies. It is time to stop treating this CIO-SP4 as a procurement and begin treating it as an open application where companies qualify to compete for task orders. Let’s get the maximum number of companies into the game and stop restricting market access to just a few lucky firms. Read Jason’s article to get all the details.CIO-SP4 IT services contract vehicle by Robert (Bob) Lohfeld, CEO & Founder, CF APMP Fellow Bob Lohfeld serves as CEO of Lohfeld Consulting Group. He has more than 30 years’ experience winning contracts in the government market and is recognized consistently for leadership in business development, capture management, and Strength-Based Winning™ … Continue reading CIO-SP4 sets a record for protests!

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Best-in-class, or worst-in-class?

What started out to be a strategy to streamline IT acquisitions has turned out to be anything but that.

Given the recurring problems with large multiple-award contract vehicles, the government needs to reevaluate how it bundles the purchasing of IT products and services. What started out to be Best in Class acquisitions may be turning out to be more like worst-in-class procurements. There is no denying that when the government says it is going to bundle up a major portion of the IT market and compete it through acquisition vehicles, companies will fight to the death to be one of the awardees. Bidders know all too well that if they are not a winner on these major acquisition vehicles, they will have to sit on the sidelines for the next five or more years watching their competitors participate in an exclusive club of companies who have been granted access to this market. What started out to be a strategy to streamline IT acquisitions has turned out to be anything … Continue reading Best-in-class, or worst-in-class?

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Polaris Pre-Award Protest: The New Normal for MACs?

Almost as soon as the RFP was released, the first pre-award protest quickly followed

The General Services Administration (GSA) issued the final Multiple Award Contract (MAC) RFPs for the Polaris women-owned Small Business (WOSB) and Small Business (SB) pools on March 25. This much anticipated information technology (IT) solicitation is the replacement for the Alliant 2 Small Business solicitation ($15 billion ceiling) which never made it to the final RFP. The Polaris government-wide acquisition contract (GWAC) will eventually include four different pools: SB, WOSB, historically underutilized business (HUB) zones as well as service disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB), replacing VETS 2. While 8(a) firms do not have a separate pool, they can apply for any of the Polaris pools for which they qualify as they await the STARS III RFP. Pre-Award Protests Almost as soon as the RFP was released, the first Polaris pre-award protest quickly followed. BD Squared filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on March 29 regarding provisions in … Continue reading Polaris Pre-Award Protest: The New Normal for MACs?

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