Employing best practices in Task Order Solicitation Management processes can help Government respond to constant challenges throughout the acquisition life cycle, particularly the acquisition planning phase. The primary reason for using a coordinated effort to apply best practices among Government Program Managers, Contracting Officers, program officials, and industry stakeholders is to increase the probability of mutual maximum results. In this blog, I’ll share with you some best practices that I’ve learned and experienced from a Government and industry perspective.
Let’s start with task order solicitation best practices for government. They include but are not limited to the following:
- Directing market research to establish a baseline in organizing technical, functional, and business domains mapped to government requirements/gaps. Once a baseline has been established, the technical, functional, and business domains serve as a framework for driving the creation of the SOO/SOW with clarity and precision.
- Next, specified consistent roles within each of the domains identified in your baseline are captured and defined, culminating with a packaged release of your RFP.
- Underpinning this entire best practice is frequent and even collaborative interactivity and development with industry throughout the process.
Again, working with your market research industry partners, and a clearly identified and precisely written baseline requirements document, shortens the release time and produces a focused and accurate product, lessening the risk of costly rework, and even mission degradation.
The objective of Task Order Solicitation for contractors is to identify the best opportunity fit for their company, followed by capturing the task order award, and then successfully delivering task order accomplishment. Usually, this accomplishment is closely related to and supports Government mission accomplishment. You could think of it as a synergetic relationship. By employing best practices early in the acquisition life cycle, both Government and industry can prime the pump for successful performance through the task order life cycle. [Read more…]