Proposal Management

Engine for Growth – Winning STARS III

Brian McCollough -- With the PreSolicitation notice released and the final RFP coming in two weeks, there is no time to waste.  This is written to help bidders win a STARS III contract. It is time for serious 8(a) bidders to start work in earnest. And for interested large businesses to find a [...]

Why Create Your Own Draft RFP?

Creating your own draft RFP allows you to address the following key questions: 1.How extensive will the scope of work be? 2. Will there be a past performance review? 3. Will it be a "best value" procurement or a price shoot-out? 4. What will be the most important evaluation considerations? When customers [...]

In a Nutshell — Critical Deliverables and Action Items for the Proposal Manager

Gary Everett A successful Proposal Manager must lead the proposal development team and perform these critical actions / create these critical deliverables: 1. Create a numbered and section-titled Proposal Response Outline that ensures all response items are identified. 2. Create a compliance or cross-reference matrix that matches every proposal section to the [...]

By |2018-04-04T14:49:12+00:00April 4, 2018|Proposal Management|0 Comments

Avoiding Costly Pitfalls in Federal Contract Bidding

8/28/14 After reading about the recent ouster of several companies on the $20-billion NASA SEWP competition, I was reminded of some experiences I have had in my 30-plus years as a proposal manager.  While the NASA SEWP example is about small businesses overlooking fundamental page count instructions, the mistakes that befall bidders [...]

By |2014-08-27T19:11:19+00:00August 27, 2014|Proposal Management|0 Comments

5 Proposal Lessons Relearned

It is critically important to capture and apply the “lessons learned” from each proposal.  I learned just how important this is as a Proposal Manager at Lockheed Martin and at SAIC for several years.  Win or lose, best-in-class companies assess their strengths and weaknesses after each capture.  They typically do this shortly [...]

By |2014-02-20T21:15:46+00:00February 20, 2014|Proposal Management|0 Comments

Can You Afford to Lose Your Next Recompete?

On March 19th, APMP will host their monthly dinner and speaker series. The featured topic is “How to Win your Next Recompete”, everyone working on recompetes is encouraged to attend. There is a best-of-the-best panel with noted federal radio host Mark Amtower moderating.  Panelists include Bob Lohfeld of Lohfeld Consulting; Kristin DeFrene [...]

By |2014-02-20T18:49:39+00:00February 20, 2014|Proposal Management|0 Comments

Economizing on Technical Proposals: Paying Less and Getting More

One of the most challenging aspects of contract management is controlling the costs of proposal preparation.  Recently a customer asked me to prepare a cost analysis on a very expensive proposal, and I got the idea of expanding the study to six Beltway firms.  Based on examining three large and three small businesses, I found the following lessons learned on how to economize in preparing technical proposals. 

By |2013-12-14T01:46:59+00:00December 14, 2013|Proposal Management|0 Comments

Inside Scoop on SEWP V

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On October 10th a “Special SEWP V Notice to Industry” was posted on FBO.gov; the link led to a gloomy Government shutdown notice. According to the NASA SEWP website, the due date will be released once the shutdown ends. 

There is speculation that the procurement will be re-structured and delayed an additional 45 days to allow more participation by small businesses that are having difficulty with the current specifications in the Mandatory Products List. For now, however, it is anticipated the due date will be no earlier than November 1, 2013.

By |2013-10-11T13:25:23+00:00October 11, 2013|Proposal Management|0 Comments

Insights on How to Complete a Winning SEWP V Proposal

So where are we now with about 50 days until Halloween, my predicted final due date for the SEWP V proposal? The NASA SEWP Bowl anticipates 1,300 proposals for the four competition groups and only intends to award about 80 contracts. If the SEWP contract awards were equal in all groups that would be 20 per group. That’s pretty easy for the non set aside groups A, C, and D.  But that may be too few for the SDVOSB/HUB Zone Group B who are bidding in large numbers for SEWP and may clamor for more participation if not awarded.  A little advice to those in the Mass Storage Devices bid Group B:  Make sure you address the High Performance Mass Storage Devices Mandatory list correctly, because Nancy Palm is on the evaluation committee.

By |2013-09-16T16:13:33+00:00September 16, 2013|Proposal Management|0 Comments
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