243 – Incumbent-itis

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Kevin and Paul describe the symptoms of a preventable disease that often infects the incumbent contractor during…

238 – Negotiation Clearance

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Prior to negotiations it is common for both Government and industry contracts folks to get “clearance”  to…

234 – Who Are You?

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Kevin and Paul discuss the common question “when should I contact the Contracting Officer during the acquisition…

230 – The Proposal Strike Zone

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Kevin and Paul discuss the government’s proposal evaluation process using yet another baseball analogy. (smile…you know you…

223 – Shutdown Recovery

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Kevin and Paul discuss how the impacts of yet another government shutdown flow far beyond the thousands…

214 – Cost Vs. Price w/Wendy Frieman

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Do the words cost and price mean the same thing to you?  In most of your life…

204 – No Change Please

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Why can’t the Government just stick with their current services contractors or system developers?  Why do they…

201 – Final Rates

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Kevin and Paul wrap up this mini-series about different types of rates in the Government acquisition and…

200 – Bicentennial

Episode #200!  We look back at where the Contracting Officer Podcast came from, discuss what we’ve learned, and where we’re headed.  Thanks for your support over 200 episodes! __________ This episode is brought to you…

198 I Have a Friend

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Kevin and Paul discuss the duality of relationships in the Government acquisition world.  Does “having a friend”…

197 Certificate of Competency

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Contracting Officers must determine that a company is responsible before awarding a contract.  How does a small…

196 Building a Proposal Schedule

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) In this episode of a five part series, Kevin welcomes special guest Vicky Strycharske to discuss the…

195 Inherently Governmental Functions

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) The Government uses contractors to conduct a wide array of support functions, including many jobs that were…

193 ENCORE – Lucky vs. Good

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) In this holiday encore episode, Kevin and Paul depart from the usual Contracting Officer Podcast topics and…

186 Acquisition Economics

  If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Many external factors impact both the Government’s ability to buy goods and services and Industry’s ability…

185 – FedBizOps

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Kevin and Paul discuss FedBizOps.gov. (FBO) FBO is Federal Business Opportunities. It’s where nearly every opportunity to…

183 Provisional Billing Rates

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Kevin and Paul discuss how Industry can “provisionally” bill their costs on cost-type contracts per FAR 42.701,…

182 Qualifying Opportunities

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Overwhelmed by the number of solicitations on FBO.gov? (That’s where the Federal Government posts solicitations and provides…

181 – Can I ‘Discuss’ Price?

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Kevin and Paul continue the conversation from Episode 175 (Technical Leveling) to answer the question “Can the…

179 Should I Respond to the RFI?

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Kevin welcomes special guest Stacey Coolican (a former Government Contracting Officer with over 20 years experience) to…

178 HUBZones

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Kevin and Paul discuss a special kind of small business: the HUBZone small business concern.   A…

177 Offensive vs. Defensive Debriefs

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Kevin and Paul return to a favorite podcast topic: Debriefings.  So much untapped opportunity for communication lies…

176 Reading the RFP

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) In the second of a five part series, Kevin welcomes special guest Vicki Strycharske to discuss the…

175 – Technical Leveling

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Kevin and Paul discuss the fear that the term “technical leveling” often stirs up in Contracting Officers. …