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 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 […]

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 integrity matters, let’s step back and ask the tougher question:  How can we effectively apply LPTA source selection to complex services? Can we raise the bar for technical acceptability?

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 Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs) may be involved in all aspects of the acquisition cycle, they operate as the linchpin that holds it all together. What would happen if you pulled […]

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 address common challenges and achieve new efficiencies in government procurement.  Integrity Matters will bring you occasional posts written by GovLoop’s Andrew Krzmarzick, featuring the expertise of Integrity subject matter experts. It’s […]

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 […]

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 address common challenges and achieve new efficiencies in government procurement.  Integrity Matters will bring you occasional posts written by GovLoop’s Andrew Krzmarzick, featuring the expertise of Integrity subject matter experts. “Risk […]

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 security at a checkpoint, to meeting an estimated surge in demand for transactions in a compressed time period.  It may take months or years to accomplish the mission. You may […]

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 have been given the difficult task of doing the same or even more with less. The pressure to maintain current levels of support with less funding may seem to put […]

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.  As a manager, you are probably also feeling overwhelmed.  Many of us have experienced wanting to be proactive but struggling to find time to focus on the less tangible aspects […]

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 greater potential impact on positive outcomes than the Guiding Principles found in FAR subpart 1.102.  The Guiding Principles provide a framework to set up successful acquisition team interactions, thereby leading […]

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