Blog Revisit: Crossing the Acquisition Package Finish Line

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The original version of this blog was posted Aug. 5, 2014, written by Patricia Miller. Now, two years later, one of Integrity’s program managers, Dan Altobelli, revisits the ever-relevant topic. Read on for some industry standards from Patricia, and some updated must-dos from Dan. Even though it’s the dog days of summer in the “real world,” […]

Procurement: Meeting the PALT in Four Simple Steps

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Imagine working in a high stress environment where contract support for a mission critical program may expire at the end of the month and there is no backup plan. Your organization had plans to re-compete the contract earlier in the fiscal year, but the procurement package or requisition was not developed on time. Several documents […]

Ready, Set, Go… Cross the Acquisition Package Finish Line by Fiscal Year End

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This is sprinting season for any acquisition professional working on completing acquisition packages, negotiating offers and awarding the proposals. Contracting Officers (COs) should be proactive in doing all that needs to be done to ensure the requirements are awarded in a timely fashion. While each agency has its own internal policies and regulations, there are […]

Procurement Planning – An Important Spoke in the Wheel

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  With the recent uncertainty over further sequestration and a possible second government shutdown, many agencies and components of the federal government have been asked to identify those procurement actions that are critical and have the potential to cause major operational dysfunction if delayed. While this drill is important, it’s also a reminder that procurement […]

Avoid Risk by Using Solicitation/Contract Templates

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Imagine this scenario. Your acquisition lead time is quickly slipping. Time is running short to develop your solicitation documents, which could jeopardize meeting the target project completion date. What do you do? It’s likely that you don’t start entirely from scratch on a completely blank page. Do you pull the last electronic version of the […]

Four Ways One Agency Recognizes that CORs Matter

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Recently I wrote an article about the significant role that Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs) play in the acquisition process flow.  In “Do COR’s Matter in Your Agency? Why they Should,” I advocated the importance of reassuring CORs that they are a valuable force within acquisition teams.  This blog generated some really positive conversations, including with […]

Writing a Task Order Against an IDIQ – Make Sure You’re Covered!

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Do not assume anything when you are writing a task order against an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. Why? Ever write a task order and miss something or miss ensuring the proper contract language rigor is included? For example, what happens when a task order is written against an IDIQ contract and language requiring […]

How an E-Library Can Help Keep You Compliant

Does this sound familiar? You’re developing a solicitation document and vaguely recall an agency or departmental policy memo or directive that might impact your solicitation. Where is that document? Was it issued last month, maybe last year? Is it still in effect? What did it say? Or worse, you aren’t even aware that a policy […]

Smoother Acquisition Sailing – An Argument for Increased Communication

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On a trip to San Diego I watched a Navy destroyer slip quietly under the Coronado Bridge.  I remembered a phrase I’ve repeated many times throughout my career as a procurement leader and manager:  “Don’t try to dial up an aircraft carrier in port to the perfect position.  Just get it steaming in the right […]

Program Management in an Era of Tight Budgets – How Strategic Sourcing Could Loosen the Squeeze

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For a better part of twelve years the federal budget has been pretty ample and programs were free to operate in a much more flexible environment. “Supplemental” allotments of funding were in large supply at the Department of Defense (DoD). Then the faucet began to close as the wars have begun to wind down and […]