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How to improve your company’s internal bid awareness

Does your company have an efficient process for dispatching all pre-request for proposal (RFP) and post-RFP submission notices from the customer to the correct capture, proposal, or program management office (PMO) staff members? Do you proactively alert your PMO and production staff about upcoming bids? Do you alert your capture and proposal teams as to when contracts are ending so they have adequate time to position for a recompete? If you answered no to any of these questions, consider implemented an internal communications plan—an alerting process. Table 1 suggests check points you can add to your process. Table 1: Define roles/responsibilities to improve internal bid awareness Role Responsibility Capture Sets up search agents for pre-RFP, post-RFP, post-submission, award alerts, and new opportunities Upon receiving an alert, indicating an active request for information (RFI)/sources sought notice, or RFP notifies proposals, human resources (HR), pricing, and production teams Sets up a kick-off...

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Contracting under a Trump administration

Listen to Larry Allen, Lisa Pafe, and Nick Wakeman discuss issues facing government contractors during the presidential transition with Mark Amtower on “Amtower Off Center”. Discussion topics include IT modernization, continuing resolution, key appointments, impacts of a hiring freeze, and immigration reform. Click to listen to the show on Federal News Radio Connect with Lisa Pafe on LinkedIn

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Can you improve your proposal operations (and your win rate)?

Despite poor results, we often continue to do things the same way. This pattern may apply to your proposal shop as well. Perhaps your win rate is stagnant or declining, your team is burned out, your technology doesn’t work, and/or proposal quality is at an all-time low. But how to improve? To provide a roadmap for improvement, Lohfeld Consulting Group offers an independent Proposal Improvement Assessment. This review is an objective analysis of proposal operations (people, processes, and technology) versus best practices as well as proposal quality versus our 7 quality measures proven to increase win rates. Based on the analysis, we provide detailed, actionable recommendations that will dramatically improve results. I have conducted a number of these reviews, and my observation is that this service offers the best return on investment (ROI) for proposal improvement that will increase your win rate. Often, proposal shops realize they have problems, but...

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GSA Alliant 2: Focus now on Product Service Codes (PSCs)

GSA Alliant 2 and Alliant 2 SB will be released on or about June 20 with a 60-day turn. GSA announced via GSA Interact that vendors should be cautious about relying on the draft since the final RFP will contain major changes. However, there is one area you can work hard right now: Product Service Codes (PSCs). Pesky PSCs encompass 40 percent of the available evaluation points. Bidders must prove that they have up to seven distinct projects across three PSC groups to gain maximum points. How do bidders prove the PSC code? The draft RFP requires that bidders submit the most recent Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation (FPDS-NG) report identifying the PSC code. Your first step is to search on FPDS-NG for the relevant experience projects you plan to use in your proposal. What should you do if the PSC code you want to claim is not reflected in...

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