Proposal Industry Hit with Start – Stop Situation

  |  June 24, 2015


The federal proposal industry is being hit with a new challenge – more start – stop situations than before.  This includes bidders that start the proposal and then stop due to a delay or the cancellation of the program.  Reasons causing this situation are believed to include the general market environment, such as pressure to... Read More

Compliant or Compelling Proposals

  |  June 24, 2015


In the Federal Proposal world we all understand that a bidder must be compliant to the proposal requirements under Section L-Instructions, Conditions and Notices to Bidders. Compliance is why you as a winning contractor have a Proposal Professional on staff or have a go to Staff Augmentation firm like OCI on your rolodex. But it never ceases to amaze me that bidders who spend thousand of dollars either internally or externally on bid preparation do so without a compliance matrix or compliance outline and a proposal calendar with due dates to complete the proposal in a compliant manner.
Understanding Section L and how Section M-Evaluation of Factors for Award may conflict each other is as important as a complete understanding of Section C-Performance Work Statement / Statement of Work. We all want to know how we will be evaluated at our own job, so it is understandable to want to know how your bid will be evaluated against your peers. I also find it amazing that the RFPs from the government use the term “Capability” and “Experience” when what they really want is “Proof of Experience.”  Which takes me to one of my favorite Poems by Rudyard Kipling- Read More

Upcoming Industry Day: ITES-3S and ADMC-3

  |  May 27, 2015

ITES-3S and ADMC-3 Save The Date

Army CHESS Industry Day for ITES-3S and ADMC-3 is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10th at Fort Belvoir, VA. Only preregistered attendees will be admitted. Register at

These Army Multi-award, IDIQ vehicles are in their 3rd generation and will be valued at $12 Billion with the RFP release estimated for September.

There are 24 new service areas under ITES-3S which include everything from Benchmarking and Operational Capability Demonstrations to IT Research and Development under NACIS 541519.

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