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Kevin and Paul explain Contract Line Item Numbers (CLINs) and help listeners understand why they are used and why it is important for both Government and Industry to understand them. In addition, learn how the execution and administration of your contract is impacted by the contract’s CLIN structure.

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Are Sole Source Awards Easier?  In this episode Kevin and Paul debate this listener question. A Contracting Officer (and listener!) took issue with a comment from a previous episode regarding sole source contracts and provided not only a great idea but encouragement for us to expand on this topic. As a result we give you some context for the decisions that need to be made before a sole source award is considered and debate the pros and cons of sole source awards, both before and after award.  As always, both Government and Industry perspectives are presented.

For more information and deeper insight, join the Skyway Connection© Community and get access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and CO-centric training resources to be ready to take advantage of opportunities each time they knock.

The Skyway Connection© Community was created specifically to help small companies expand their knowledge and capabilities, and to increase their competitive position in federal government acquisitions.

– Learn more at: https://skywayacquisition.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

In this episode Kevin and Paul describe one step of the Government’s source selection process, Competitive Range Determinations. They explain the purpose of competitive range determinations, when the determination takes place, and why the Government would limit the competitive range during a source selection.  As always, learn why both Industry and the Government should care about this useful tool in the Government’s acquisition toolbox.

In this episode Kevin and Paul discuss the balance that both industry and the Government must consider as they plan how best to meet a requirement. Industry must decide whether or not outside vendors, suppliers, or subcontractors will be needed to meet the requirements of a Government solicitation. The Government must consider whether a particular requirement can be met solely by small businesses. Open communication between Government and Industry can help find the sweet spot between building the most efficient team and meeting regulations for small business utilization.

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What is a Protest?  When Should I Protest?  What Can I Protest?  How Do I Submit a Protest? In this episode Kevin and Paul provide answers to these questions and more.   The discussion goes far beyond the FAR (get it?) and provides listeners with examples of why submitting a formal protest to the Government is not always the best decision.   Hear stories of real protests demonstrating how the process is viewed from the perspective of both the Government and Industry.   Finally, Kevin and Paul share factors Industry should consider before making the decision to submit a protest.

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What are weighted guidelines? In this episode Kevin and Paul discuss the Government’s use of a structured approach to determine fair and reasonable profit during sole source negotiations. They explain what weighted guidelines are and give insight into why Industry should understand the Government’s profit calculation process.

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Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of a Government source selection?  In this episode Kevin and Paul provide a glimpse behind the curtain and answer a listener’s questions about the source selection process.

Specific topics are:

  • Subjectivity in proposal scoring
  • The value of past performance evaluations
  • What does “significantly more important” mean?
  • Can evaluations be revised to favor a particular contractor?

Zone 4 – The Source Selection Zone

The last in a 4 part series describing the Acquisition Time Zones in greater detail.  (see Episode 003 for an overview of the Time Zones) In this episode Kevin and Paul discuss what happens after industry submits their proposals in response to an RFP.  Topics include the types of communication that are allowed between Government and industry during the evaluation process, what the Government team goes through in order to complete their evaluation and select a winner, and the importance of schedule to both industry and the Government.

Zone 4 – The Source Selection Zone

One of the many unique elements of federal contracting is the Debriefing. In this cast, we continue our discussion on the nuances and lessons learned on the enigmatic debriefing. During Part 2, we cover some detailed examples of what we found that worked well and what did not work well from our experience.  We also talk through some of the specific items to expect during a debriefing as both a CO and an offeror. While we didn’t cover every element of the debriefing, we hope we gave you a real head start on understanding this uniquely interesting topic. Enjoy!

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Listen and Learn…   One of the many unique elements of federal contracting is the Debriefing. In this cast, we explain what a debriefing is (and what it isn’t). We also describe the debriefing process from both the contracting officer and industry perspective. We describe our perspective on why both the government team and the offeror should invest their energy in a meaningful debriefing.  This cast turned into a deeper conversation so we broke it into two sessions for you. Enjoy!

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The topic of “Federal government contracting” is huge.  It’s too huge, we decided, to just start creating our Contracting Officer podcast sessions(on a wide array of topics)without some sort of structure. To address this, we separate the sessions into groups to align them with the chronological phases of the government acquisition process. We call these phases theAcquisition Time Zones. These Time Zones help our listeners understand the content on each podcast session by knowing where it fits in the overall buying process.The Time Zones are, in chronological order:

The Requirements Zone

The Market Research Zone

The Request for Proposal (or “RFP”) Zone

The Source Selection Zone.

This podcast session gives a brief overview of these Time Zones. We will cover each Time Zone in more detail in future sessions as well.

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