If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

What is a Sources Sought Synopsis?  What about a Sources Sought Notice?  Same thing?  What is one of these things used for?  Who uses this tool?  When?

Kevin and Paul discuss one of the market research techniques used by the Government to identify sources (meaning, vendors) who can satisfy Government requirements for a particular need.

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

CapitolThis episode is brought to you by Deltek.  https://www.deltek.com/en/products/business-development/govwin

Kevin and Paul discuss the importance of identifying opportunities earlier than you need to.  Learn why both Government and Industry can benefit through open communication early (even earlier than you think) in the acquisition process.

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

Today we welcome special guest Kevin Lothridge, the CEO of the National Forensic Science Technology Center.  Our Kevin Jans discusses teaming with Kevin Lothridge so that you can learn from his experience developing effective partnerships to succeed in this market and achieve better acquisition outcomes for both Government and Industry.

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

Sometimes a contract needs to be modified after award.  Some changes are administrative.   Other changes may impact cost, schedule, or the requirements.  In the Government acquisition world, this kind of change is usually called an Engineering Change Proposal.(ECP)

Learn why ECPs aren’t usually easy or fast and how the relationship between the Government and Industry players can impact the negotiation of an ECP.

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

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What is the difference between a Firm Fixed Price contract and a Cost Reimbursable contract?  If you’ve ever asked this question, this podcast is for you.  We provide an overview of the 2 basic contract types used by the Government with examples of when they may be used and the risks each party assumes.

(this is an encore presentation of one of our earliest episodes…enjoy!)

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

200off_250x285This episode is brought to you by the Government Contract Pricing Summit. www.GCPSummit.com/podcast

Commercial Off the Shelf? (COTS) Is that the same as a Commercial Item?  Good question!

Kevin and Paul explain COTS and how the already streamlined ruleset for commercial acquisition in FAR Part 12 is further streamlined if you’re buying (or selling) COTS.

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

200off_250x285This episode is brought to you by the Government Contract Pricing Summit. www.GCPSummit.com/podcast

Another year, another potential Government shutdown.  What does this really mean for Government contractors?  What does it mean for Government acquisition personnel?

Kevin and Paul explain why a Government shutdown isn’t really a shutdown and describe the common impacts to Government contracts.  Learn why communication (especially with the Contracting Officer) is essential for navigating the annual threat of a Government shutdown.

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

This episode is brought to you by the Government Contract Pricing Summit. www.GCPSummit.com/podcast

200off_250x285Writing a Request for Proposals (RFP) without understanding industry’s capabilities and the state of the market is like writing a novel for a stranger.  The same goes for writing and submitting a proposal to a customer you don’t understand. (What does that even mean? Listen and Learn!)

Kevin and Paul take a different route through a couple foundational Contracting Officer Podcast topics: communication and targeting.  Learn how communication between Government and Industry during the acquisition directly impacts the quality of RFPs and proposals and   why targeting is important to each side.

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

This episode is brought to you by the Government Contract Pricing Summit. www.GCPSummit.com/podcast

200off_250x285Profit can be a divisive issue in the Government market.  How much is appropriate?  How much is too much?

Kevin and Paul discuss why profit matters to both Government and Industry.  Learn the statutory limits on profit and how the Government assesses how much profit is “fair”.  You’ll also gain an appreciation of how profit potential drives decision making for industry and how the Government can attract the best companies to the Government market.

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

When is a cost-reimbursable contract not completely reimbursable? The Government’s obligation is limited to the estimated cost and/or current funding listed in the contract. (which sounds obvious, but is easily misunderstood once performance begins)

Kevin and Paul discuss FAR 52.232-20 (Limitation of Cost) and FAR 52.232.22 (Limitation of Funds).  Learn the notification requirements and thresholds that warrant Industry’s awareness and why tracking and reporting expenditures are crucial to avoiding unpleasant impacts to contract performance due to lack of available funding.

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

Today we welcome back special guest Shelley Hall to discuss contract closeout.

Paul and Shelley provide an overview of what happens between when a contract ends and when it is officially closed out.  Learn why it is important for both sides to diligently keep records during contract performance to ease the closeout process.

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

This is an encore presentation of a topic that has made the news as our new President’s administration considers what can be done to streamline the Government’s acquisition processes.  Simplified Acquisition Procedures!

How can the Government buy commercial items efficiently? Good question! One streamlined acquisition process has now become an official part of the FAR. (after years as a “test program”) FAR 13.5 describes Simplified Acquisition Procedures (SAP) which allow Contracting Officers to skip or greatly simplify the process for buying commercial items when certain criteria are met.

Kevin and Paul describe when and where SAP can be used and why it is important for both Government and Industry to understand and take advantage of this most useful FAR language.

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

Before the Government can buy supplies and services from the open market they must consider “Required Sources”.

Kevin and Paul discuss FAR Part 8’s required sources of supplies that must be considered by Government Contracting Officers at the beginning of the acquisition process.  Learn how these apparent inefficiencies can actually speed up the buying process and why Industry must understand how the Government buys what you’re selling.  (or you may be fishing in the wrong stream…)

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

In a bit of a departure from the normal CO Podcast topics, we get a little “philosophical”.  Well…not really.  After a spirited “discussion” about how the ebb and flow of the economy in general impacts Government contractors we boiled it down to a basic principle:  Lucky vs. Good.

Kevin and Paul discuss the differences between lucky and good in the Government acquisition world and why both Government and Industry should recognize the impact of external forces on the competitive landscape.

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

Episode 2 introduced our take on the 80/20 rule. The 80/20 Rule (of thumb) plays on Pareto’s Law by comparing the relative importance of relationships and processes in the Government market to their importance in commercial industry. We described how in many instances, winning Government business has more to do with process and following the rules than relationships between buyers and sellers.

Kevin and Paul revisit the 80/20 rule to add context about how the importance of relationships is directly related to the size and complexity of the acquisition at hand. For the largest Government acquisitions, relationships are every bit as important as they are in the commercial world.

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

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 the answer is probably yes.  In the business world (and Government acquisition world) they are quite different.  Confusing the two can cause real problems.

Paul discusses the important distinction between cost and price with regular guest Wendy Frieman.  Learn the general elements of “cost”, the complexity of cost estimation, and why  pricing is more than just building up the costs.

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If you need help with the Government market, become a Skyway Connection Community licensee and get access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and contract-centric training resources that will make sure you’re ready to take advantage of opportunities each time they knock.

The Skyway Connection© Community was created specifically to help companies expand their knowledge and capabilities, and to increase their competitive position in federal government acquisitions. – Learn more at: https://skywayacq.com/connect

Membership benefits include:

Access to Skyway Insight© Webinars

Unlimited access to The RFP Score™

Access to Ask a Contracting Officer Forum™

Priority Access to Skyway Team for Skyway Insight, capture, proposal support

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

Past performance is the bridge to the next contract, whether it is winning new work or just keeping the work you have.

Learn when past performance matters to both Government and Industry (hint: the entire time) and why it is important for both sides to understand the definitions of “recent” and “relevant” as they relate to your acquisition or proposal.

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

It’s time to wrap up the Execution Zones with the final episode in the series: The Wrap Up Zone. (sorry…couldn’t resist that one)

Kevin and Paul introduced the Execution Zones in Episode 84.  The Execution Zones are a helpful way to envision where and how certain topics fit into the Government contracting world.  The Execution Zones are the post-award companions to the Acquisition Time Zones and are referenced in many episodes. In chronological order, they are:

1) The Honeymoon Zone

2) The Performance Zone

3) The Recompete Zone

4) The Wrap-up Zone

The work is done.  The product is delivered.  The services have ended.  Your contract is over.  The Wrap Up Zone is the culmination of the Execution Zones.  It covers the time period from the end of the contract period of performance until the final closeout modification is signed.  With service contracts, there is often a transition period between the incumbent and the new contractor when both are working simultaneously to ensure a clean hand off of the responsibilities.

Learn how the Wrap Up Zone can impact the Government’s perception of a contractor and why a contract (and potential financial liability) is not over until the final closeout modification is signed.

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

One of the best shortcuts to learn and grow is to get perspective from people with different experiences than your own.  With this in mind, we’re adding a bit of the program manager’s perspective to the podcast.

Listen in on Paul’s conversation with special guest Dave Bartlow, a former Navy officer who now works as a project manager on the Industry side.  Dave shares his experience managing subcontractors and project schedules.  It’s no surprise that the discussion returns to one of our common themes: communication. (between Government and Industry as well as within a program)

We hope you enjoy the Program Manager’s perspective, joining the proposal manager’s and contract administrator’s perspectives on the podcast in the quest to help make Government contracts better, one contract at a time.

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If you need help with the Government market, become a Skyway Connection Community licensee and get access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and contract-centric training resources that will make sure you’re ready to take advantage of opportunities each time they knock.

The Skyway Connection© Community was created specifically to help companies expand their knowledge and capabilities, and to increase their competitive position in federal government acquisitions. – Learn more at: https://skywaymember.com

Membership benefits include:

Access to Skyway Insight© Webinars

Unlimited access to The RFP Score™

Access to Ask a Contracting Officer Forum™

Priority Access to Skyway Team for Skyway Insight, capture, proposal support

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
Kevin and Paul dive into contract terminations. (FAR Part 49)
Learn the difference between termination for convenience (T4C) and termination for default (T4D) and why the FAR considers terminations to be a last resort.
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.