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Integrity Awarded GSA OASIS Pool 1 Small Business ID/IQ

Award Enables Integrity to Bring Full Range of Services across Broad Spectrum of Federal Agencies Tysons, VA – November 15, 2019 – Integrity Management Consulting,…

Integrity Wins New GPO Contract to Provide Acquisition Support Services

Integrity will support the Acquisition Services Business Unit Tysons, VA – December 30, 2019 – Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. announced today that it has been…

DISA Awards Integrity Four-Year Contract to Provide Logistics Support Services

A second APS BPA Call Order Awarded to Integrity Tysons, VA – December 13, 2019 – Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. announced today that it has…

Mike Ipsaro Receives NCMA Fellow Award

Technical Director Recognized for Contributions to Industry Tysons, VA – July 30, 2019 – Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. (Integrity) announced today that Technical Director Mike…

Integrity Appraised at CMMI-SVC Maturity Level 3 for Proposal and Project Transitions

APPRAISAL ILLUSTRATES INTEGRITY’S ONGOING COMMITMENT TO CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT Tysons, VA – June 24, 2019— Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. announced today that it was appraised at…

Integrity Earns AS9100D Certification

CERTIFICATION UNDERSCORES INTEGRITY’S CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO QUALITY Tysons, VA – June 5, 2019— Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. announced today that it has achieved AS9100D certification….

Integrity Awarded Virginia Values Veterans Certification from Commonwealth of Virginia

CERTIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS INTEGRITY’S COMMITMENT TO VETERAN COMMUNITY Tysons, VA – May 31, 2019— Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. announced today that it has earned the Virginia…

Integrity Participates in Sixth DHS Reverse Industry Day

INTEGRITY DIRECTOR MIKE IPSARO SHARES EXPERTISE WITH ACQUISITION PROFESSIONALS Tysons, VA – March 26, 2019 — Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. announced today that Technical Director,…

Integrity Partners with Primary School in Ugandan Refugee Camp

PARTNERSHIP PROVIDES SUPPORT TO 250 SOUTH SUDAN REFUGEE STUDENTS Tysons, VA – March 12, 2019 – Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. (Integrity) announced today a new…

Integrity Awarded Seaport Next Generation (NXG) Vehicle

VEHICLE PROVIDES ACCESS TO BID $5B IN NAVY OPPORTUNITIES ANNUALLY Tysons, VA – December 13, 2018 – Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. (Integrity) announced today their…

DISA Awards Integrity Five-Year Contract to Provide Enterprise Voice Services Program Support

FIRST CALL ORDER ON APS BPA AWARDED TO INTEGRITY Tysons, VA – November 16, 2018 – Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. announced today that it has…

Integrity Receives ISO 14001:2015 Certification

CERTIFICATION RECOGNIZES INTEGRITY’S COMMITMENT TO ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT Tysons, VA – October 30, 2018— Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. announced today that it has satisfied the requirements…

Integrity Earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification

CERTIFICATION UNDERSCORES INTEGRITY’S COMMITMENT TO QUALITY Tysons, VA – October 25, 2018— Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. announced today that it has achieved certification in the…

Integrity Wins DHA Contract to Provide Acquisition and Financial Management Support Services

INTEGRITY WILL SUPPORT THE SOLUTION DELIVERY DIVISION Tysons, VA, October 3, 2018—Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a five-year contract…

Integrity Wins HHS Earned Value Management Recompete

INTEGRITY CONTINUES EVM SUPPORT TO ASPR Tysons, VA, September 27, 2018—Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a five-year contract to…

Integrity Launches Backpack Drive for South Sudanese Refugees

FIRST INTERNATIONAL DRIVE TO SUPPORT REFUGEES Tysons, VA, May 31, 2018—Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. announced today that it is holding a backpack drive for child…

Integrity Awarded Prime Position on $350M BPA with DISA for Agency Professional Support Services

VEHICLE ALIGNS WITH INTEGRITY’S CORE CAPABILITIES Tysons, VA, April 13, 2018—Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. announced today that it is one of five companies to have…

Integrity Awarded Prime DoD Contract to Deliver Acquistion Management Support

NAVY WIN EXPANDS DOD PRESENCE Tysons, VA, March 29, 2018—Integrity Management Consulting (Integrity) has been awarded a prime contract with the Department of Defense (DoD)…

Integrity Announces Partnership with Braddock Elementary School

PARTNERSHIP ENABLES INTEGRITY EMPLOYEES AVENUE TO SUPPORT LOCAL COMMUNITY Tysons, VA – December 8, 2017—Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. (Integrity), a provider of major systems acquisition…

Integrity Announces $25,000 Sponsorship of Homestretch

Tysons, VA – May 1, 2017—Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. (Integrity), a provider of major systems acquisition, financial management, and program management support services to federal…

Integrity Expert to Present at NCMA Government Contract Management Symposium (GCMS)

McLean, VA – December 13, 2016 – Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. (Integrity) announced today that one of its team members are among the thought leaders…

Integrity Announces Sponsorship of Homestretch Benefit

PARTNERSHIP ENABLES HOMESTRETCH TO HELP NORTHERN VIRGINIA HOMELESS FAMILIES ACHIEVE SELF-SUFFICIENCY Tysons, VA – May 10, 2016—Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. (Integrity), a provider of major…

Integrity Expert to Present at July NCMA World Congress

Tysons, VA – July 10, 2015 – Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. (Integrity) announced today that one of its team members is among the thought leaders…

Integrity Announces $25,000 Sponsorship of Homestretch

Supports effort to help Northern Virginia homeless families achieve self-sufficiency Tysons, VA – May 11, 2015—Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. (Integrity), a provider of major systems…

Integrity Awarded DoD Contract to Deliver Financial Record Closeout Support

McLean, VA – March 9, 2015—Integrity Management Consulting (Integrity) has been awarded a five-year contract with the Department of Defense – G8, HQ Army Sustainment…

Integrity Moves to Expanded Headquarters

Tysons, VA – March 2, 2015—Integrity Management Consulting (Integrity), an award-winning provider of acquisition and program management solutions to public sector clients, announced it has…

Integrity Experts to Present at NCMA Small Business Virtual Conference

McLean, VA – January 15, 2015 – Integrity Management Consulting, Inc. (Integrity) announced today that two of its team members are among the thought leaders…

Integrity Receives 2014 SECAF Award of Excellence

FIRM RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE WITHIN COMMUNITY, THE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING INDUSTRY, AND TOWARDS EMPLOYEES. McLean, VA— May 6, 2014—Integrity Management Consulting, Inc., (Integrity) announces it is…

Try these tools to help you hurdle change in Federal IT Acquisition

With a seemingly broader array and quicker pace of threats, risks, and opportunities set against a backdrop of resource scarcity, maximizing value through optimal delivery of…

Create Synergy to Bridge the Gap Between Contract and Program Managers

Have you ever wondered why you cannot seem to get the right team together in order to complete your major project?  Does it seem that…

EVM – Communicating its value to the “big A” acquisition community

Being able to efficiently and effectively diagnose the health of an organization’s portfolio of contracts takes time and persistence. Earned Value Management (EVM), a project…

Blog Revisit: Crossing the Acquisition Package Finish Line

Courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org The original version of this blog was posted Aug. 5, 2014, written by Patricia Miller. Now, four years later, one of Integrity’s program…

Procurement: Meeting the PALT in Four Simple Steps (UPDATE)

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…

Tricks or Treats? Depends on Cost Benefit Analyses

As you probably observed weekend, maximizing treats and minimizing tricks is a primary objective of the annual Halloween ritual; as is the case when making…

What Is Quality and How Is It Achieved In a Service Environment – Part Two

In Part I of my blog, I discussed the need to be able to measure performance to ensure  the product performs as required and processes are…

What Is Quality and How Is It Achieved In a Service Environment? – Part One

“Quality” may be one of the more over-used and least-thought-about words in our business vernacular.  We’ve gone through cycles where we used different terms to…

Seven Steps to Implement Standardization in Contract Management

If you want to make your contract management more efficient and see greater returns on your investment of time and effort, standardization could be the…

How Standardization Can Improve Contract Management

Can you think of a time when you said to yourself, “there’s got to be a better way to do this?” I know I can….

Acquisition Workforce Training – Rethink Your Approach

Facing an aging workforce, the question of how to train the next generation of acquisition professionals is a challenge that federal leaders and industry managers…

WHY CPIC Matters More than Ever to Cybersecurity

Federal CIOs are on the hot seat over cybersecurity after the revelation that the personal information of 4.2 million current and former federal employees was…

How to Practice Good Cyber Hygiene

In this digital age, we depend on our computers and devices for so much that we need to be constantly proactive to protect against cyber…

Successful Task Order Management – Start Early!

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…

5 Ways to Improve Your Federal CPIC Process

Recently, the Integrity Matters blog asked the question, “Are You Making the Business Case for Federal Cybersecurity?” in an article about why and how to…

Meeting by Phone? 10 Basics for Better Project Management Teleconferences

We’ve all been part of a teleconference, with some people in the room and others on the phone. Dialing in, it can be difficult to…

Performance Management Act II – Overcoming Challenges

There is an old saying, “the second act is the best” because it delves deeper into the meat of a story, including challenges and the rising…

Procurement: Meeting the PALT in Four Simple Steps

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…

Milestone Decisions: Checkpoints for Acquisition Success

Integrity just completed relocation to an expanded new headquarters this week, custom-built to meet the needs and goals of the business in 2015 and beyond….

Seven Ways to Smooth Contract Transition

Change can be good when it brings innovative ideas and fresh enthusiasm, including in government contracting. But if not handled correctly, change can lead to…

Preparing a Project Management Plan 101

You landed on a great project team and were asked to prepare the Project Management Plan. Even though you’ve executed or implemented project management plans,…

Build Better Government-Small Business Relationships

Relationships matter. It’s a simple but powerful statement that is true in most areas of life, particularly in business. Trusting and lasting business relationships fuel…

2015 Trend Forecast – Acquisition and Program Management

What emerging or continuing trends will dominate the next 12 months or more in federal acquisition and program management? Our Integrity experts each forecast one…

Acquisition and Program Management Tools for 2015

It’s the time of year when many of us take stock of the last 12 months and vow to improve next year. We will be…

Get Off the Lessons Learned Treadmill: Simple Ideas for Continuous Improvement in 2015

As a Program Manager, have you noticed a trend that your program keeps on repeating the same lessons learned or mistakes?  As a program, when…

3 Tools Worth Reading to Spur Innovative Federal IT Acquisition

In this time of tight budgets and potential loss of global technological superiority, the need for innovation is greater than ever.   As Frank Kendall, Undersecretary…

Are You Making the Business Case for Federal Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity has been one of the fastest growing sectors in the federal government over recent years, with round-the-clock threats in an online world.  In fact,…

AGILE ACQUISITION SUPPORT: REAL-WORLD CONSIDERATIONS

Since 2001, software developers have used the Agile methodology, employing short sprints and cross-team collaboration, to bring products to market faster with earlier customer input….

Better Acquisition Decisions through Financial Analysis – Part 2

No matter how products and services are being acquired, financial analysis can help in decision making to acquire the requirements in the best and most…

Better Acquisition Decisions through Financial Analysis

Government spending has become a political football, and with budget cuts and sequestration, there is greater pressure to spend taxpayer dollars in the most cost…

Use the “A” Team for Integrated Acquisition Planning

Does this sound familiar? Mission and business owners define their requirements, “throw them over the fence”, and then the contracting and contractor community conduct activities…

Best Collaboration Tools for Project Teams

Imagine you’re an analyst who has recently joined a project team. Your job duties include generating large, complex program documents on tight deadlines. Producing poor…

With A Great Contract Management Plan, The Sky is the Limit

Your team may have spent hours and hours considering the program management, risk management and quality assurance issues involved in letting a new government contract….

Gold Plating vs Value Engineering– Recognize the Difference for Smoother Project Management

You manage or are part of a project and decide to add additional features or functionality to the product or service you provide. You think…

How to Make Telework Succeed for Your Team

With Labor Day weekend over, it’s full steam ahead for government agencies and those who support them. For some, telework will be part of the…

How an Integrated Master Schedule Can Avert Program Management Disaster

Image Credit: Defense Acquisition University. Sample IMS Gantt Chart.  https://learn.test.dau.mil/CourseWare/801882_4/page03_18.html Congratulations! It’s your first day at your new job as a Program Manager (PM). The…

Is Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) Always The Best Deal?

In the current fiscal environment, there is an even stronger focus on being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. That is certainly commendable and definitely…

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

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…

The Double Down Strategy of Contract Management Risk

In blackjack, there is a strategy known as doubling down, in which players double their bet to get one more card in addition to their…

Fear of the FAR – Is It Getting in the Way of Doing Business?

Do 1,883 pages of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), comprised of 53 different Parts, dozens of forms, and a correction page feel like something to be…

Rudder Check – Engage and Educate New Team Members to Stay On Course

You’ve won the contract!  You’ve hired the team, but they can’t start work at the same time due to delays with the suitability process.  You…

Welcome Aboard! Now what? – A Three-Step Process for Quickly Getting Your Team Up to Speed

After the excitement of a newly awarded contract, comes the implementation of the winning proposal.  Part of that is building the team to execute the…

Three R’s of Acquisition Reform

Stan Soloway, President, Professional Services Council Acquisition Reform – Industry experts have compared it to Groundhog Day and a complicated system of pendulums shifting between…

Organizational Project Management – How OPM Connects Strategy to Results

At a recent conference, I attended a break out session that focused on Organizational Project Management (OPM) and project methodologies, specifically an overall approach to…

Requirements Development is Key to Successful Software Development Acquisition

Anyone who keeps up with national news is aware of a recent problematic website deployment.  Media pundits were quick to blame leadership problems.  A noted…

How Integrated Product Teams Can Improve Performance and Save Money

In this time of tight budgets and mandates to do more or the same with less, the need for innovation through greater communication and cooperation…

Using a Cross-functional Team for Effective Capital Planning Investment Control (CPIC)

It’s a commonly-used process, and yet so few manage to execute it effectively on a consistent basis. Capital Planning Investment Control (CPIC), if performed as…

Applying Agile Methodologies to Acquisition Support – The Benefits (Part II)

A new trend in acquisition – applying the modular method of “Agile” software development using daily meetings and lessons learned – is more productive than…

Applying Agile Methodologies to Acquisition Support – The Basics

Agile Acquisition Support encourages close collaboration and real-time updates. Increasingly in today’s economic climate, Agile methodologies are the answer to the Government’s constant search for ways…

Can Reverse Auctions Move Your Contracting Process Forward?

Reverse Auctions – Sellers bid against each other, pushing the price down. Reverse auctions, a relatively new contracting method used by the government to procure…

5 Steps to a Successful “Lessons Learned” Process

Integrity Management Consulting and GovLoop collaborated on a 12-part series called “Conscientious Contracting: A Thoughtful Approach to Acquisition and Program Management,” as well as a 25-page acquisition guide.  Both…

Why Key Word Searches May Not Identify the Best Job Candidate

As project leads and managers, we have all experienced a staffing vacancy on a project due to staff changes or project expansion. To fill our…

Use CPARS to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Have you ever stopped to consider the importance of the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) and how top management in both Government and Industry…

The Effect of Quality Control on Customer Satisfaction – Part II

As customers we expect high quality.  It’s an expectation we should all keep in mind when the tables are turned and we’re providing a product…

Effective Quality Control to Support Your Customer

When you decide to purchase a certain product or pay for a needed service, it is your expectation that you will receive something of value…

Market Research for Small Business in a Time of Limited Interaction

Every year the federal government awards contracts worth $100 billion to small businesses, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA).  That makes for a lot…

Is It Time to Professionalize Contract Management?

Michael Fischetti, NCMA Executive Director It’s the problem that won’t seem to go away:  for decades, government agencies, academics and industry associations have identified a…

Procurement Planning – An Important Spoke in the Wheel

  Photo by Robert Couse-Baker from Flickr Creative Commons With the recent uncertainty over further sequestration and a possible second government shutdown, many agencies and…

The Struggle With the Juggle: How to Master the Trick of Contract Transition

Integrity Management Consulting and GovLoop are proud to present a 12-part series called “Conscientious Contracting: A Thoughtful Approach to Acquisition and Program Management,” that aims to address common challenges…

May the Source Be With You!

In a business environment where the government is expected to do more with less, the strategic sourcing process has become a resourceful approach in helping…

What We’re Thankful For at Integrity

We took a pause from our normal hectic workday schedules to gather here at our headquarters for a potluck Thanksgiving lunch.  It was nice to…

Widening the Aperture of Acquisition & the Acquisition Team

Today’s fiscally constrained environment is being felt in many places, including acquisition.  The Federal Government spends billions to execute its missions through acquisitions.  After talking…

Cloud or Cloudy? Government’s Transition to Cloud Offerings

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has required Federal agencies to adopt a “Cloud First” approach to evaluating options for new IT deployments.  This…

Avoid Risk by Using Solicitation/Contract Templates

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…

Breathe! How a Holistic Approach Helped Us Survive the Government Shutdown

The latest in our Health and Wellness series of yoga classes for employees started last week and I began thinking how some of the fundamentals…

Successfully Quarterbacking Government Contract Closeout Files

Imagine a college football game day – large crowds of fans, student colors, marching bands, and the cacophony of noise. Once the last touchdown is…

What Elements of BBP 2.0 are Important to IT Programs and Why?

As we move further into an unprecedented era of tighter budgets and post war downsizing, it makes sense to implement Better Buying Power 2.0, the…

Does Your Organization’s Roadmap Have Enough Intersections?

In this time of tight budgets and mandates to do more or the same with less, the need for innovation is greater than ever.   This…

My Military to Private Sector Transition – Seven Lessons Learned

I retired in March after 30 years as a US Naval Officer.  It was the end of a rewarding career that included travel, challenging work…

Solutions to Keep Teaming Agreements Valid and Enforceable – Learning from the Cyberlock Decision

A Federal court recently struck a great blow to the validity of Teaming Agreements.  Some Teaming Agreements, arrangements of understanding between Prime and Sub contractors,…

Four Ways One Agency Recognizes that CORs Matter

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…

Three MORE Things to Consider When Choosing Contract Types

The original implementation of DoD’s “Better Buying Power” initiative heavily promoted the use of Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contract types.  Many federal agencies adopted this…

Bright Spots in Government: VA Acquisition Academy’s Program Management Fellows Initiative

Integrity Management Consulting and GovLoop are proud to present a 12-part series called “Conscientious Contracting: A Thoughtful Approach to Acquisition and Program Management,” that aims to address common challenges…

PSC President: Six Ideas for the Future of Federal Sector Training

Stan Soloway, President,          Professional Services Council   Lately it may seem like training in the Federal sector is under fire.  From last year’s post-GSA clampdown…

Getting to the COR of a PR Package

Being a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) can add a whole list of tasks and activities to a manager’s already busy day-to-day responsibilities.  A lot of…

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

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…

Getting LPTA Right – Raising the Bar for Technical Acceptability

Blogs criticizing the misuse and overuse of Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) source selections for services will flood your search engine results in seconds.  Because…

4 Ways Acquisition Professionals Should Engage With Industry

Integrity Management Consulting and GovLoop are proud to present a 12-part series called “Conscientious Contracting: A Thoughtful Approach to Acquisition and Program Management,” that aims to…

Do CORs Matter in Your Agency? Why They Should

Picture the acquisition process flow as a wheel.  Around the wheel are the pre-award and award process, contract management and finally the contract close-out. Because…

Why Your Program Should Tackle Risk Head On

Being “risk-averse” often means trying to completely eliminate risk, which is counter-productive and often impossible.  Good managers embrace risk.  Why? Because they know that setting…

Why Federal Contracting Should Be More Like Made-From-Scratch vs. Store-Bought Cookies

Integrity Management Consulting and GovLoop are proud to present a 12-part series called “Conscientious Contracting: A Thoughtful Approach to Acquisition and Program Management,” that aims to…

Performance Based Budgeting – Is it just another buzzword?

Recently the US Chief Information Officer (CIO) Steven Van Roekel (@stevenvdc) has been discussing the Federal Information Technology FY 2014 Budget Priorities on social media…

Certification Update – the Latest on NCMA’s ICCM

A few months ago I wrote about the National Contract Management Association’s (NCMA’s) new Industry Certification in Contract Management (ICCM) in a blog titled “New…

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….

When Getting Rid of Risk Isn’t Possible: 4 Ways to Work Around It

Integrity Management Consulting and GovLoop are proud to present a 12-part series called “Conscientious Contracting: A Thoughtful Approach to Acquisition and Program Management,” that aims to…

Milestone Decisions: Why They’re Important and How Your Agency Can Reach Them

Your agency just received a legislative mandate to implement a capability by a specific date.  The mission could range from expanding a capability, to improving…

How to Get Buy-In on the Value of the Business Case

You don’t have work in the federal budget field to know that agencies are closely reviewing every budget line item to see where they can…

The Three C’s Of CPIC Success at TSA

With budgets and resources stretched more than ever, portfolios are under fire to demonstrate the value of their investments through sound business cases.  One way…

The Importance of CPIC in the Age of Sequestration

CPIC and OMB Business Cases – Not Just a Paper Tiger The age of sequestration has started; several departments across the federal government have seen…

Why Partnering Matters in a Tight Budget Environment

With the arrival of sequestration and slashed budgets, agencies have been facing many tough decisions on where to cut spending and save money. Acquisition teams…

How Investing in Your Team Can Pay Off – Even in Tight Times

When the pressure is on to perform at a higher level due to limited resources and tight time constraints, your team’s morale is likely suffering. …

Why FAR Guiding Principles are Vital to CO/PM Effectiveness

There are many important concepts in the 53 Parts of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). I would submit that none is more important and has…

Best Value or LPTA? One Size Does Not Fit All in Acquisition

Sound familiar? A complex professional service contract is awarded using the LPTA approach…..it costs millions more than expected. A recurring supply of widgets or routine…

Smoother Acquisition Sailing – An Argument for Increased Communication

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…

Can Time Limits Improve Acquisition Documentation?

I believe there’s a truism in acquisition: the work’s not done until the paperwork is finished.  How many of you have tried to get an…

New Certifications Could Help Ease Acquisition Shortfall

With the number of certified and experienced federal acquisition professionals expected to drop in 2013, two new certifications could help industry fill the gap.  Here’s…

How to Make Agile Work for You in IT Acquisition

Fundamentals of Agile In an environment of uncertain budgets and evolving technology, a modular or Agile approach to acquiring new systems can provide greater cost…

Think Agile in Modular Acquisition for IT

Government agencies need the most innovative IT solutions, but they also need to “innovate with less.”  That’s where Modular Acquisition comes in, taking a “small…

The Hidden Costs of Firm-Fixed Price Contracts

As fiscal pressures rise, senior leaders across the federal government place additional emphasis on Firm-Fixed Price (FFP) contracts.  A prime example is the Department of…

2013’s Top Trends in Acquisition and Program Management

  Our Integrity experts each forecast one top trend for 2013. What emerging trends will dominate the next 12 months or more in acquisition and…

A Conversation on Strategic Sourcing 101

Integrity FellowTom Kuhn You’ve heard of strategic sourcing.  You’re being advised to use it.  But when does it work best and what’s the key to…

OMB 300/53 Business Case: The Path to Green Scores, Part II

In my first post about the OMB 300/53, I laid out the operational basics, the scoring, and important stakes behind managing the business case process. …

Business Case Primer: How OMB 300/53 Can Lead to All-Green Scores

Green Business Case Rating Means “Go” Each year Program Managers are tasked with proving that investments align with agency mission and support business needs with low…

A Simple Philosophy: Growth Solves All Problems

America has faced a tough economic climate the past few years and the fallout is extensive. Think about the number of people who wake up…

Don’t Let Incremental Funding Drag Your Program over the Fiscal Cliff

During this period of fiscal uncertainty, characterized by continuing resolutions and the approaching “Fiscal Cliff,” many may turn to incremental funding as a means to…

What Social Media Can Teach Us about Government/Industry Exchange

Two years into the “Myth-Busters” campaign by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), there is still a long way to go to improve information…

Making Performance Based Service Acquisition Work for You

Can performance based contracts work in sports AND government acquisition? Professional sports have successfully used Performance Based Contracting.  Baseball players get bonuses for such things as…

What I’m Thankful for in Small Business

Thankful for Integrity Staff   During the Thanksgiving holiday many of us sit down with family and friends to celebrate and reflect on all that we…

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

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…

Take the Acquisition Program Assessment Plunge! How a deep dive review can lead you to program gold.

Routine monitoring of your acquisition program is important but is it enough to prevent problems that could damage your mission?  Conducting a program assessment can…

My Top Government Contract Career Advice – Get Your Certifications!

Image Courtesy NCMA I have many friends and colleagues in the Federal Government and the industry that supports it.  Just like in any field, they’re…

How Basic Agreements & Better Supplier Relationships Save Money – Download a Readiness Checklist

A Basic Agreement is Like a Ball Diamond, Photo by Getty Images America’s national pastime just wrapped up with the San Francisco Giants sweeping the Tigers…

The Five W’s of Alpha Contracting

Image courtesy gleanster.com If you’re interested in a different contracting technique that can save time, increase trust and improve communication, then check out my five…

Why Integrity Matters

Integrity is like a boat.Photo courtesy of Ed Hawco www.blork.org Welcome to our new Integrity Matters blog. We want this to be a forum to…