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MULTI-PART SERIES: Influencing the Acquisition process and LPTA solicitations – Up close and personal, Part 5

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 fifth installment, Doug asks Jacob about influencing the Acquisition process and LPTA solicitations as part of developing a strategy for winning business at an agency. For the previous installment, click here. [Doug] Let’s turn to the Acquisition process. We are often asked about low price technically acceptable (LPTA) evaluations. I would say on a personal experience that they are less common perhaps than they used to be a few years ago, but they’re still being used. And in fact, they’re being used in some areas that could sort of surprise us, in IT, cybersecurity, things like that—sort of inherently innovative bidding areas. And yet we see LPTA being used. We would love … Continue reading MULTI-PART SERIES: Influencing the Acquisition process and LPTA solicitations – Up close and personal, Part 5

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A 2017 Recap – Part 2 | Amtower Off-Center

Host Mark Amtower interviews industry experts Bob Lohfeld, Nick Wakeman, and Jason Miller

Click here to listen to Mark’s interview. On January 15, 2018, on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower wrapped up 2017 and started looking into 2018 with Lohfeld Consulting Group Founder and CEO Bob Lohfeld, Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller, and Washington Technology Editor-In-Chief Nick Wakeman. This is part two of the two-part interview. Topics include: OTAs (other transactional authorities) on the rise at DOD? The emergence of “centers of excellence” Contracts to watch for, including Encore III and SeaPort NxG   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, CF, APMP Fellow, serves as Chairman of Lohfeld Consulting Group.  He has more than 30 … Continue reading A 2017 Recap – Part 2 | Amtower Off-Center

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A 2017 Recap – Part 1 | Amtower Off-Center

Host Mark Amtower interviews industry experts Bob Lohfeld, Nick Wakeman, and Jason Miller

Click here to list to the interview. On January 8, 2018, Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower wrapped up 2017 with Lohfeld Consulting Group Founder and CEO Bob Lohfeld, Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller, and Washington Technology Editor-In-Chief Nick Wakeman. This is part one of a two-part interview. Topics include: The continuing importance of GWACs, with a focus on Alliant 2 Category management, phase two with OMB pushing “Best in class” contracts Operating on yet another CR M&A highlights An early obituary for LPTA? 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, CF, APMP Fellow, serves as Chairman of Lohfeld Consulting Group.  He has more than 30 … Continue reading A 2017 Recap – Part 1 | Amtower Off-Center

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Is LPTA finally dead?

Federal contractors may be getting a welcome holiday gift. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 directs more limited use of Low Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) procurements. The bill, which is now with the president for signature, legislates a Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Supplement revision that would limit the use of LPTA to only the most straightforward commodity procurements. This legislation is a logical follow on to Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall’s March 4, 2016 memo, which stated that LPTA “has a clear, but limited place in the source selection best value continuum” and narrowly defined when LPTA is appropriate for Department of Defense (DoD) procurements. The March memo was part of DoD’s Better Buying Power acquisition reforms based on data analysis that showed LPTA, while resulting in short-term savings, often cost agencies more money in the long term. LPTA avoidance The new … Continue reading Is LPTA finally dead?

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