Articles tagged with : Q&A

Q&A: Target the right IDIQs and GWACs (and win your share of task orders) [Webinar replay]

With the proliferation of multiple award vehicles such as GWACs and IDIQs, BD, capture, and proposal professionals face many complexities. OMB and OFPP seek to consolidate these vehicles, while agencies like GSA and HHS look for new procurement methods such as prime-only past performance, Agile procurement, and self-scoring. To add to the complexity, once companies win IDIQs they may never realize any significant revenue. In this webinar, Lisa Pafe discusses recent trends and how to target and win the right GWACs/IDIQs for your company. Lisa also reviews capture and proposal processes that help win task order proposals. Don’t waste your Bid & Proposal (B&P) dollars on empty contract vehicles! Learn how to identify the best multiple award vehicles for your company, win the GWAC/IDIQ, and then pursue and win task orders. Click to watch the webinar and download the presentation and referenced article Here are Lisa's answers to questions our...

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Keeping an accurate compliance matrix while facing multiple amendments? Ask the Proposal Doctor

Dear Proposal Doctor, I use a homegrown tool to strip my RFP into a table with all the technical requirements. This is supposed to be my tool for checking compliance, and it works well if there are no significant changes. Once the government starts issuing multiple amendments and answers to questions, my compliance matrix becomes obsolete. What is the best way to keep an accurate compliance matrix in the face of multiple amendments? Searching for a Solution Dear Searching, As wonderful as the automated tools are, they don't provide a good answer to your problem. I can only share my own approach. First, if the customer issues a revised RFP, I re-do the shred in its entirety, and I have found that to be the most efficient method. If the customer does not re-publish the RFP, I go through the questions and answers (Q&A) to determine which really affect compliance....

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Questioning the questions? Ask the Proposal Doctor

Dear Proposal Doctor, The battle over which questions to send to the government customer on a long and not-very-well-written RFP has begun. The desktop publishers want to ask about fonts. The graphics people want to ask about color and foldout pages. The solution architect wants to ask about specifications and performance metrics. The contracts people want to suggest new terms and conditions. The pricing people want to ask about….everything. Just collecting, vetting, discussing, formatting, and submitting the questions could eat up our entire response time. What is a proposal manager to do? How can we streamline this process? -Questioning the Questions Dear Questioning, You’ve touched on a subject near and dear to my heart. Yes, this could easily spiral out of control. Worse yet, you could give away important information through your questions and, worse even than that, you could get back answers that only obfuscate the situation further. It...

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