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The challenging search for good procurement practices

Washington Technology Article

A year ago, headlines were all about IT procurement reform, with Congress threatening to impose new rules on government that promised to increase effectiveness and improve results. This quickly gave way to more sage advice arguing that what we needed was not procurement reform, but instead, continual and incremental improvements in procurement processes and adoption of best procurement practices. Today, I see little evidence that the government procurement market is converging on the best IT procurement practices. Instead, agencies appear to be adopting diverse strategies focusing on finding expedient, protest-resistant procurement solutions rather than focusing on enhancing mission outcomes. Many of these practices are gaining market share, but may fall short of achieving long-term mission objectives and have unintended outcomes that ultimately may prove disadvantageous to both government and industry. Let me give you some examples. GSA GWACS Both OASIS and the upcoming Alliant II large and small business procurements...

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[Webinar replay ] Increasing your competitiveness and proposal excellence

Lohfeld Business Winning Webinar

In this webinar, Bob Lohfeld discussed the government’s shrinking budget, enhanced competing to increase corporate revenues and maintain profits, and fierce competition in smaller markets raising competitiveness standards for all bidders. Bob also explored objectives of winning proposals, critical evaluation factors, how you should look at your proposals for competitiveness, and a new standard for excellence with your proposals. Click to watch the webinar replay and download the presentation. During the webinar, Bob referenced our Win Rates Double with 7 Quality Measures research report on strengths-based solutioning and what content evaluators are looking for in your proposals. Click to download Win Rates Double with 7 Quality Measures research report  

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[Webinar replay ] Increasing your competitiveness and proposal excellence

Lohfeld Business Winning Webinar

In this webinar, Bob Lohfeld discussed the government’s shrinking budget, enhanced competing to increase corporate revenues and maintain profits, and fierce competition in smaller markets raising competitiveness standards for all bidders. Bob also explored objectives of winning proposals, critical evaluation factors, how you should look at your proposals for competitiveness, and a new standard for excellence with your proposals. Click to watch the webinar replay and download the presentation. During the webinar, Bob referenced our Win Rates Double with 7 Quality Measures research report on strengths-based solutioning and what content evaluators are looking for in your proposals. Click to download Win Rates Double with 7 Quality Measures research report  

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5 ways to grab your share of the fourth-quarter rush

Washington Technology Article

The government spends a third of its total annual budget in the final quarter of the fiscal year, and this is definitely a busy time for government contractors. So as you enter the final quarter, there are some actions you can take to maximize your share of the government’s year-end spending. To do this, almost every customer-facing manager in your company needs to engage in your year-end sales campaign, and your internal sales support organization—especially your proposal team—needs to step up its op tempo. If you orchestrate a well-planned selling blitz, you can maximize your share of the year-end rally. How big is the year-end rally? The year-end spending spree comes in the fourth quarter of every government fiscal year, and the spending rate is pretty consistent from year to year. Not all government agencies will obligate a third of their annual budget in the final quarter; some agencies will...

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