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Caught in a “Mail Storm”? This Umbrella Might Help.

This can keep Business Development Managers up at night: The RFP permits proposal submission by email to the Contracting Officer.  The proposal submission deadline is noon on April 1st.  The proposal is finalized and emailed to the correct address 50 minutes early.  No bounce-back email is received, but the email is not “received” in the […]

Protest sustained. Go back to square 1.

We are at war.  Our troops move from place to place.  A DLA RFP required about $800 million of “mobile, non-permanent shelters and soft-sided tents which can be readily assembled and disassembled in the field for troop movement….”  The RFP sought the ability to run the equivalent of entire cities including “the following 12 types […]

The names have not been changed to protect the innocent

According to a March 6, 2011 Washington Post story, Gray (DC Mayor Vincent Gray) has denied knowledge of payments to Brown (former DC Mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown) by Green (Gray campaign chairman, Lorraine Green).  Orange (unsuccessful candidate in 2010 for Chairman of the DC Council, Vincent Orange) has not commented.  (No, this is not the sequel to Reservoir […]

Contracting Officer won’t talk to you? Call “myth-busters”!

Last month, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (“OFPP”), the office that makes procurement policy for the Executive Branch, issued a memorandum entitled: “‘Myth-Busting’: Addressing Misconceptions to Improve Communication with Industry during the Acquisition Process.”  Just as the title promises, the memorandum lists, discusses and debunks common myths about the communications between procurement personnel and […]