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

Why do modifications to Government contracts take so long to process?  (one of the great mysteries of life, to be sure!)

Kevin interviews former Contracting Officers Steve Lucianetti and Tim Griggs, and sheds some light on the inner workings Government contract administration.  Learn some of the most common reasons why modifications take longer than anticipated and how both Government and Industry can help to improve the process.  (you won’t be surprised to hear that basic communication is high on the list…)

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This episode is brought to you by Skyway Acquisition.  To get help with the Government market, become a Skyway Community member. The Skyway Community ensures you are better positioned to take advantage of opportunities and better equipped to manage the challenges of government contracts.  Members have access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and training resources from our team of former COs, including the ability to get the perspective of our whole team in Ask A Contracting Officer Forum, get specialized training from our on-demand webinars and articles, targeting support through our RFP Score™ assessment tool, as well as our consulting from our team of former COs who help solve your unique puzzles. Personal memberships start at $50 with no contract. To learn more, visit skywaymember.com.

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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 contractor is unable to deliver the required goods or services according to the terms of their contract.  If the reasons for delivery issues are truly out of the contractor’s control, and not due to their fault or negligence, the Government may consider this an “excusable delay”.

Kevin and Paul discuss excusable delays (per FAR 49.401 and 52.249-14) and importance of documenting the causes of delays in order to avoid termination of the contract.

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This episode is brought to you by Skyway Acquisition.  To get help with the Government market, become a Skyway Community member. The Skyway Community ensures you are better positioned to take advantage of opportunities and better equipped to manage the challenges of government contracts.  Members have access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and training resources from our team of former COs, including the ability to get the perspective of our whole team in Ask A Contracting Officer Forum, get specialized training from our on-demand webinars and articles, targeting support through our RFP Score™ assessment tool, as well as our consulting from our team of former COs who help solve your unique puzzles. Personal memberships start at $50 with no contract. To learn more, visit skywaymember.com.

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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

Few contracts are executed without changes. (longer term or complex contracts anyway…)  Government contracts generally contain a clause or clauses that allow the Government to make changes to some aspect of the contract terms.  Learn what can be changed and why Industry has a responsibility to notify the Government of formal or even perceived changes.

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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.  We’re happy to welcome David Bartlow back to the podcast to give us the program manager’s perspective.  Dave has 15 years of Government contracting experience with the Department of the Navy and multiple large and small government contractors.  Throughout his career David has taken on the most challenging projects and has developed an expertise in applying programmatic discipline to unstructured initiatives or distressed programs.

Paul and Dave discuss the ever present risk that both Government and Industry program managers face during project execution: scope creep. The contract requirements were written with best intentions, but it seems inevitable that more (or slightly different) work is desired than planned.

Learn how to recognize scope creep and why it is hard for Industry to “just say no” to Government requests.

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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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!)

How does the Government determine that a price is fair and reasonable?  Analysis!

Kevin and Paul discuss the differences between price analysis and cost analysis (FAR 15.404-1) and why it is important to understand the requirements of each.  Learn how the Government can leverage the power of competition and how Industry can help the Government streamline the price/cost analysis 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!)

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

Kevin and Paul discuss Small Business Goals.  Learn where the goals come from, what happens when the goals aren’t met, and how both Government and Industry can use small business goals to target and make Government acquisition easier, one contract at a time!

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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!)

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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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!)

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!)

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!)

Who makes the decision to purchase something for the Government?  The answer depends on many factors, but is usually quite different from how an acquisition decision is made in your personal life or the non-Government world.

Kevin and Paul discuss the 3 main “deciders” in Government acquisition and relate them to easily recognizable roles.  Money, needs, and the authority/ability to make a transaction.

Learn who has the power in each Acquisition Timezone and why it is important for both Government and Industry to recognize how the power can shift.

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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 our overview of Incentive Contracts.  Look for separate episodes that dive into the details of cost, schedule, and performance incentives.

Incentive contracts are designed to help the Government acquire goods and services at a lower cost or with improved delivery or technical performance. These contracts provide the opportunity for creativity in crafting incentives and also great peril if the incentives aren’t perfectly aligned with the Government’s intent.

In this episode Kevin and Paul explain the basic types of incentives and provide examples of how they can help both the Government and Industry if used wisely. But look out….the law of unintended consequences can be devastating if the delicate balance of cost, schedule, and performance is not considered with every incentive.

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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.