Part 2 of our interview with Michael Fischetti, Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).Part 1 focused on the training and education that contracts professionals receive, including questions of “depth or breadth” in the education of a CO and “specialist vs. generalist” in building your career. In this Part 2 we explore “non-FAR” based training and education opportunities and discuss the merits of spending time in both Government and industry.

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A big welcome to our first guest on the Contracting Officer Podcast.   Michael Fischetti, Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), stopped by the official CO Podcast studio to discuss professionalism in contracting.  This episode covered so much ground that we decided to make it a two-parter.

In Part 1 we focus on training and education.  Kevin and Paul trade viewpoints with Michael and discuss what kinds of training contracts professionals receive, what kinds of training they SHOULD receive, how changing demographics impacts consumption of training, and ponder the questions of “depth or breadth” and“specialist vs. generalist”  in the education of a CO.

In this episode Kevin and Paul discuss the cost of writing a proposal in response to a Government RFP.  How much does it cost to write a proposal?  What drivers can increase or decrease the cost?  What can both Industry and Government do to decrease the time and expense involved in writing proposals?  How does this benefit everyone?  Episode 025 dives into these issues – and more!

Zone 3 – The RFP Zone