The Government routinely conducts Market Research (MR) on their industrial base; it’s good business for the Government to understand its suppliers and their capabilities for current and future needs. However, did you know that MR is required by the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) prior to conducting a procurement? Government MR approaches range from passive (no industry involvement) to active (high industry involvement). Passive methods include government personnel conducting keyword searches on the internet or seeking potential vendors using the System for Award Management. Active methods involve sending surveys to their known vendor base, making pre-solicitation announcements via FedBizOps, holding Industry Days, or directly contacting and visiting potential vendors. Continue reading “Sources Sought Notices: Don’t Just Answer the Mail…treat them like a proposal, or you just might close the door on a business opportunity.” »
Avoid Renewal Delays … take these two steps now.
Starting 01 July 2018 there are two important changes to your SAM.GOV registration – you need to:
- Create a Login.gov account and use that for accessing your SAM record (see the yellow banner at the top of SAM.GOV)
- Submit a notarized letter to SAM.GOV designating an “authorized Entity Administrator” who can make changes to your account (see the red ‘Alert’ text just below the blue menu banner on SAM.GOV)
Upon your next registration anniversary, your renewal may be held up until you submit your notarized letter; any new registrants must submit the letter to open a SAM.GOV account.
You can read all about these changes on SAM.GOV; however, note that these two issues are dealt with separately on the website. It’s wise to get ahead of this and prevent an avoidable renewal delay – which could impact future contract awards.
Please note there are many companies offering to handle this on your behalf … for a FEE. There is no need to pay anyone to do this – the process is relatively simple and FREE.
Congress recently passed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act which authorizes programs and funding for the Department of Defense, and addresses certain other policy and fiscal matters important to Government Contractors. Continue reading “Congress Passes 2018 NDAA” »
Many of us who grew up with Dr. Seuss will recall this line from ‘Horton Hatches the Egg’ and know that we need to be careful when making promises. The simplest childhood lessons still apply in adulthood – including when you submit a proposal seeking a federal contract or grant. Continue reading ““I Meant What I Said and I Said What I Meant. An Elephant’s Faithful One-Hundred Percent!”” »
We all know that RFPs are tightly scripted, highly-detailed documents. Yet, not everything you need to know can be gleaned from reading the RFP. Talking to the potential customer – well before the RFP is released – is essential before investing large resources in developing a proposal. Continue reading “Seeing is Believing, but Make the Call Anyway” »
Competitors Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to Sneak Peek at YOUR Proposals
A growing trend in the federal procurement market exists where competitors are submitting Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for ALL contracting documentation on bids – and specifically requesting the proposals submitted by the winners. Continue reading “FOIABles Alert!” »
Heads up to anyone planning on visiting Federal facilities after January 30, 2017 – if you are from Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Pennsylvania or South Carolina, then your state issued driver’s license is no longer an acceptable form of identification for access. Continue reading “ID Please…” »
Preparing for RFPs – Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late
“Better three hours too soon than a minute too late” – William Shakespeare
Who among us didn’t pull an all-nighter to write a college term paper? While most of us have improved our time management skills considerably since those days, juggling pressing business demands with the extensive work required to prepare for an upcoming RFP creates a familiar conflict shared by our clients. So often we hear business leaders state that there is plenty of time to prepare for an upcoming procurement – even when the RFP is due out in a matter of weeks. Continue reading “Preparing for RFPs – Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late” »
Are Win Rates Really an Appropriate Measure of Success?
Many government contractors track win rates. Many consulting / proposal firms laud their ability to help clients achieve impressive win rates.
But – do win rates matter? Continue reading “Are Win Rates Really an Appropriate Measure of Success?” »
Follow the RFP Rules
Recently I was discussing a Compliance Review we conducted for a client on a draft proposal.
We typically use a ‘traffic light’ system to code our assessments – Green for compliant, Yellow for Close But Needs Work and Red for Fix This or Be Disqualified. The assessment also provides specific guidance on how to fix or improve the non-compliant section.
Compliance is an interesting topic because it’s the details that get you thrown out. Compliance can have one or both of the following: (1) a Binary Component and/or (2) an Objective Component. Continue reading “Follow the Rules” »