Like many other segments of the Federal Government, as the rapid changes in technology impact the way we do business, the differences between contracting in the global commercial market and government continue to broaden. Providing the best possible outcomes for the American people will necessitate Federal leaders working to minimizing these differences and building a […]Read More
One of the cornerstone initiatives of the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Marketplace Strategy is a plan to modernize and simplify the buying and selling experience for customers, suppliers, and acquisition professionals. This initiative, known as Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) Consolidation, seeks to modernize Federal acquisition by consolidating 24 Multiple Award Schedules into a single Schedule for products and services.Read More
Thirty years ago, the concept of cybersecurity conjured up images of grungy computer hackers and endless strings of binary code, more akin to a Hollywood movie than reality. Today, however, the threat of cyber-attacks on our electric grid constantly looms over us like a harbinger of a post-apocalyptic time. As this escalates, and the grid […]Read More
As of October 1, 2019, DFARS 215.101-2-70 limits the use of Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) in source selection criteria in Department of Defense (DoD) solicitations. The next step is to expand the application of these limitations to all civilian agencies as well. The proposed language explains when using LPTA would be prohibited, should be […]Read More
Traditionally, a Statement of Work (SOW) would be drawn up to provide every possible detail of the objectives, process, and assessment of an acquisition.
Then, the idea of performance-based work arose. Why not simply tell the contractor what you want the result to be and give them the freedom to accomplish it in the best possible way with a Performance Work Statement (PWS)?
From the start of solicitation development through debrief, effective communication is essential for the success of any government acquisition. Over the past decade, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued four “myth-busting memos” that dispelled widespread misconceptions that have gotten in the way of success. As Michael Wooten assumes his position as Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), there is talk of making use of this creative communication method to further enhance engagement. Here is a quick summary of most of the issues that have been addressed in prior myth-busting memos:Read More