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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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What’s your contracting legacy?

What’s your contracting legacy?

Federal managers, especially those involved in procurements, say that they want to have a lasting impact and leave their organizations better off than before they came. Most start out with grand plans, an open mind, and a real desire to make positive changes.

But then something happens… The change is much harder than they realized, or they come to understand that their organization is more interested in avoiding trouble than making things better. They may start to implement a new system, but when it doesn’t really achieve the goal, and it becomes more trouble than it was worth, they give it a rest. Or the whole process is just too burdensome to begin in the first place. So risk aversion becomes the goal, not transformation. Managers become discouraged, hold the line, and fire up the retirement clock to count the days.

But what if you really could have an impact?

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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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The Government Shutdown: One Company’s Perspective

The Government Shutdown: One Company’s Perspective

Via govexec.com by Alan Pentz, Corner Alliance

Now that we are into the third week of this shutdown, I wanted to give a perspective on the shutdown from a small federal contracting firm. My partner Ron and I have spent just over 6 years creating our company, building and serving our clients, finding and training amazing employees, and building a culture that I would stack up against any company in our industry. It’s been an adventure, a huge learning experience, and something I would never trade for anything. That makes the shutdown and the potential for a debt default all the more wrenching.

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Government Contracts: Where to Search at the Federal, State and Local Levels

Via GovLoop by Jen Clement

Contracting with the government provides many benefits to businesses: 1) government customers pay regularly; 2) government agencies will not default on their contracts; 3) contracts can be awarded in single or multi-year terms allowing businesses to plan ahead; 4) government buyers tell private businesses exactly what it is they need and when they need it.

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The government shutdown and its impact on contracting

The government shutdown and its impact on contracting

FederalNewsRadio.com []

Beth Ferrell, partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, will discuss best practices for contractors in a government shutdown environment.
October 1, 2013

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Contract management workflow: Could disjointed processes lead to contract management problems down the road?

Contract management workflow:  Could disjointed processes lead to contract management problems down the road?

Through marketing our GovProcure application, we have had the unique opportunity to meet with 10s of federal agencies and learn about their specific processes for contract management.  An interesting thing has come to light.  Many agencies do not have certified CORs involved in the full procurement lifecycle—all the way from Presolicitation through Closeout.  Depending on the agency, CORs can come in at any step along the way.  A common trend is to have program folks (who may or may not be certified CORs) write the statement of work, develop the IGCE and evaluation criteria and pass that off to the Contracting Officer/Specialist.  Then an evaluation team steps in for source selection, which may or may not be the same folks involved in developing the solicitation.  Finally, once a vendor has been selected, the contract is officially assigned to a COR, who may or may not have had any involvement in the procurement up to this point.

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OFCCP publishes revised Federal Contract Compliance Manual (FCCM)

Human resources management website []

The Office of
Federal Contract
Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a revised version of its
Federal Contract
Compliance Manual (FCCM). The newly revised FCCM provides guidance to both OFCCP compliance officers and
federal
contractors.

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10 Ingredients Missing in Federal Gov’t Innovation

10 Ingredients Missing in Federal Gov’t Innovation

GovLoop []

Innovation is the hot buzzword.  From local government innovation officers to a deputy CTO in charge of innovation, governments are more and more focused on innovation.

But how do you really make innovation happen in government? What are the missing ingredients?

I thought I’d take a stab at an answer so here’s my 10 ingredients missing in federal government innovation:

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