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Three MORE Things to Consider When Choosing Contract Types

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By Craig Taylor, Senior Analyst

The original implementation of DoD’s “Better Buying Power” initiative heavily promoted the use of Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contract types.  Many federal agencies adopted this approach with the intent to control costs and limit the Government’s risk exposure on acquisitions.  This does not remove risk from the acquisition itself, and may not even reduce it.  It may simply transform it from a risk of cost to a risk of delivery.

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How to reduce the growing number of bid protests

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Bid protests in the defense industry have proliferated largely as a result of the way government does business, according to two BDO USA LLP executives, Defense One reports.

Bid protests have become a means of allowing contractors to stay in business longer in an environment of uncertainty, William Keating and Peter McDonald, both members of the government contracting practice at BDO USA write. Bid protests have increased by almost 50 percent since 2008. Agencies should ramp up their efforts to…

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Agile and Acquisition – The Match.com of Contracting?

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“If you could fix hiring and buying in the federal government, you would fix 90% of it’s problems,” said Bryan Sivak. Sivak is the Chief Technology Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services. 

One of the ways the Coast Guard is trying to solve half of that equation is by using more agile acquisitions. Dan Taylor recently retired as a Captain in the Coast Guard. He told me that when it comes to defining and gathering requirements for an agile acquisition we often spend too much time setting them up at the beginning.

 

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Is the Federal Government Ready For Free Trials?

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Technology has evolved to the point where it is now possible (and easy) to trial software, or Software-as-a-Service and evaluate its usefulness before you buy.  Historically, the federal government has invested in costly and time consuming development contracts, only to find that, at times, their expensive investment doesn’t really fit the bill.

But SaaS is turning this situation on its head as agencies are now able to try it before they buy it.  So why aren’t they?

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Sequestration, small business and the federal marketplace

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Sequestration, small business and the federal marketplace

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I rarely write directly about the contracting process, this is primarily because it isn’t my area of expertise. I’ve been working with public sector clients for almost 20 years but I still don’t claim any particular expertise in the business of doing business with the government. I’m prompted to write today for two reasons; the first is just selfish, I’m hoping someone who knows more than I do will jump in and help me understand what is going on; and the second is that I think there are some things happening because of sequestration that are going to have long term impacts on both small business and the quality of the services the government receives.

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Thought No. 11: Requirements Development—the Blocking and Tackling of Federal Procurement

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This week marks the beginning of the local football season with high schools and youth leagues beginning camps and tryouts—and YES, the Green Bay Packers are “in camp” too!  As such it is appropriate to focus on Thought No. 11 of the Thirteen Thoughts for 2013: Requirements Development—the blocking and tackling of federal procurement.  Just as blocking and tackling are the foundation for winning football, requirements development is the foundation for best value procurement outcomes.  

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Do CORs Matter in Your Agency? Why They Should

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Do CORs Matter in Your Agency? Why They Should

Integrity Management Consulting [u’Patricia Miller’]

Picture the acquisition process flow as a wheel. Around the wheel are the pre-award and award process, contract management and finally the contract close-out. Because Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs) may be involved in all aspects of the acquisition cycle, they operate as the linchpin that holds it all together.

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