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How the winners won SEWP V

Washington Technology Article

If you’ve been following NASA’s $20 billion Solutions Enterprise Wide Procurement (SEWP V), you might be interested in knowing how the bidders won their awards. Like many procurements, this government-wide contract started out as a highly competitive procurement that received over 200 proposals from companies competing to win a coveted award on this 10-year (5-year base plus one 5-year option) IDIQ contract. When awards were first announced, disgruntled bidders filed protests with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and NASA voluntarily agreed to reevaluate the proposals. After reevaluation, the agency made 202 contract awards, and every bidder who submitted an acceptable proposal was given a contract award. With no bidders left to protest, SEWP V moved forward as the contract of choice for many government organizations. Here are the details of what happened, and you can draw your own conclusions about the surprise ending to the evaluation process. SEWP procurement description...

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7 questions to answer when making bid/no-bid decisions

Washington Technology Article

Did you ever wonder why some companies have higher win rates than others? You might think at first that these companies have smarter people who are better trained at proposal writing, better proposal development processes, and maybe newer tools to help them write winning proposals. While all of these reasons may be valid, there are often more subtle reasons that have less to do with people, process, and technology and more to do with executive decision-making and the health of their new business pipeline. Let me explain why this is the case. Picking losers over winners Making good bid decisions is the quickest way to raise your company’s win rate. It is far quicker than hiring better people, improving poor proposal processes, or investing in capture and proposal technology. In fact, making better bid decisions brings about an immediate improvement in win rate and, as an added bonus, lowers your...

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“APBs” of persuasive proposal writing for reluctant writers, enigmatic engineers, and circuitous SMEs

Lohfeld Business Winning Webinar

In this webinar, Julia Quigley showed how you can accomplish your proposal writing objectives without the typical anxiety as she demonstrated her APB writing method. This proven process makes writing manageable and produces compliant, easy-to-evaluate text that highlights your company's strengths. Click to register and watch Webinar Replay and download Webinar Slides If you missed Lisa Pafe's recent whitepaper on strengths-based solutioning and what content evaluators are looking for in your proposals, catch up on Win Rates Double with 7 Quality Measures. This white paper gives you a clear picture of the info you need to include in your proposals, and Julia's webinar shows you an anxiety-free method to easily convey that info so government evaluators can't miss it. Click to download 7 Quality Measures Research Report Your presenter:   Julia Quigley has worked on a variety of Federal Health IT task orders and large federal proposals. With a Master’s in...

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The Decline of the Incumbent Empire – Lisa Pafe

2015 APMP Bid & Proposal Con Presentation

Once upon a time, every company wanted to team with the incumbent. However, in the past several years, incumbents have lost their advantage in the Federal government market. Industry studies show that incumbent contractors now have approximately the same win rate on rebids as non-incumbents. Recent incumbent losses go hand-in-hand with the rise of Low Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) procurements and the tendency of Source Selection Authorities to select low price bids even in Best Value procurements. During her presentation at the 2015 APMP Bid & Proposal Con, Lisa Pafe examined how to respond from two perspectives. First, she focused on ways incumbents can best defend their position and retain rebid work. Second, Lisa examined how non-incumbents can take advantage of current Federal market trends in order to defeat incumbent contractors. Click to download Lisa's 2015 APMP Bid & Proposal Con presentation. Connect with Lisa on LinkedIn

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