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How analytics can cure today’s procurement woes

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Via Washington Technology by Walt Sirene

Using spend analytics can help solve many of today’s procurement woes. Here are 10 questions to ask that can make for better acquisitions.

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Have any evaluations coming up?

Have any evaluations coming up?

Spring is a time for renewal, growth, and of course, government contracting.

As we move into the heart of the procurement season, many of you are busy developing new procurements and will be managing evaluations as the proposals come in.

The evaluation phase brings with it a whole new set of pressures:

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Two bills look to give small business an edge in contracting

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Two bills look to give small business an edge in contracting

Via fcw.com by Adam Mazmanian

House Small Business Committee, is introducing a pair of bills Feb. 26 designed to increase small firms’ participation in federal contracting and improve the quality of contracting data. The Greater Opportunities for Small Business Act would raise the percentage of small businesses among prime federal contract recipients from 23 percent to 25 percent, and the percentage of subcontract recipients to not less than 40 percent of the total.

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How to Protest Proof your Evaluations

How to Protest Proof your Evaluations

Contract protests are on the rise—with sustained protests more than doubling over the past 5 years.  From anecdotal evidence, it appears that over the past 1-2 years, they have gone up even more.  Among the agencies we meet with, we are hearing stories of up to half of acquisitions being protested when the dollar amounts are high and especially in IT.  It seems what was once taboo is now just a normal cost of doing business.

If this is the new normal in government acquisitions, then agencies would be wise to plan for this also.  I propose that you build ‘protest planning’ into your evaluations as well.

What does this look like?

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Protests have doubled over the past 5 years—what’s an agency to do?

Protests have doubled over the past 5 years—what’s an agency to do?

According to a 2012 GAO Protest Report, the number of sustained protests on federal procurements have doubled over the past 5 years.  Protests can cause an immense amount of stress and strain on any agency, as they are forced to put a halt to important projects and devote their time and resources to gathering materials, conducting forensics, and responding to questions from investigators.  How can agencies reduce the chance that they will end up in a costly protest?

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Why aren’t we meeting small business goals?

Why aren’t we meeting small business goals?

Agencies are required to meet small business contracting goals but every year, it is only a small percentage that actually comes close.   Why is this?  One very simple reason is that information on qualified small businesses does not flow to the CORs who are conducting market research.

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Are your contracts REALLY compliant?

Are your contracts REALLY compliant?

Most of the time, our contracts seem to hum along without too much drama.  Our contractor does what they’ve committed to do, the COR seems to be on top of things, and so far we are within budget.

But all that glitters is not gold, and it can be hard to tell the difference.

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Top 10 ways to avoid contract oversight

Top 10 ways to avoid contract oversight

While contract oversight and transparency is a lofty goal, some folks would rather avoid it.  Here is my top ten list of how to avoid contract oversight:

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Does doing a great job just get you more work?

Does doing a great job just get you more work?

In every organization, there are the superstars and there are those who are struggling.  The level of skills and capabilities can vary greatly across members of the acquisition team.  But what happens when you are one of the superstars?

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Federal Acquisition Executives Grapple with Retirement Wave

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Younger workforce at Pentagon, DHS and VA is talented but unseasoned, officials say.

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