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Government Contracting Officer Podcast

Summary: THE podcast for those who want to learn about the government market from the contracting officer's perspective. Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer, both former federal contracting officers, explain the rules, processes and the "why" behind government contracts. They know because they've done it.

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  • Artist: Kevin Jans, Paul Schauer, Contracting Officer, government Contracting, proposal management, proposal writing, targeting, contract administration, contract management, subcontracting
  • Copyright: ℗ & © 2020 Government Contracting Officer Podcast

Podcasts:

 026 Training and Education with Michael Fischetti (NCMA) Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1801

A big welcome to our first guest on the Contracting Officer Podcast.   Michael Fischetti, Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), stopped by the official CO Podcast studio to discuss professionalism in contracting. ...

 025 How much do proposals cost? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1544

In this episode Kevin and Paul discuss the cost of writing a proposal in response to a Government RFP.  How much does it cost to write a proposal?  What drivers can increase or decrease the...

 024 Listener Q&A: What is Award Fee? Incremental funding? Certified Cost and Pricing Data? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1588

In this episode Kevin and Paul answer listeners’ questions. Specific topics are: What is an Award Fee Contract? What does “incremental funding” mean? What is “Certified Cost and Pricing Data? What is meant by the...

 023 What is a Protest? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1972

What is a Protest?  When Should I Protest?  What Can I Protest?  How Do I Submit a Protest? In this episode Kevin and Paul provide answers to these questions and more.   The discussion goes far...

 022 What are Weighted Guidelines? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1378

What are weighted guidelines? In this episode Kevin and Paul discuss the Government’s use of a structured approach to determine fair and reasonable profit during sole source negotiations. They explain what weighted guidelines are and...

 021 Can I talk to the CO before the RFP comes out? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1721

How much communication between the Government and Industry is necessary prior to release of the RFP?   In this episode Paul and Kevin the reasons why increased communications are critical to the Government acquisition process, leading...

 020 Just send me a proposal... | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1367

How much time does an offeror need to submit a proposal? How much time is not enough? How much time is too much? What is the contractor doing with that time? As contracting officers, we...

 019 What are Colors of Money? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1730

What does “Color of Money” mean?   This episode explains different types of appropriations and how they impact acquisitions and the Government’s behavior.  Kevin and Paul give examples of why the color of money matters and...

 018 Proposal evaluation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1331

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of a Government source selection?  In this episode Kevin and Paul provide a glimpse behind the curtain and answer a listener’s questions about the source selection process....

 017 Avoiding the competitive process (the J & A) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1661

J&A (Justification and Approval) is the common term used to describe the documentation required for a contracting officer to proceed with an acquisition using other than full and open competition.  (also known as sole source...

 016 The Importance of Targeting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1297

Targeting is a critical element of winning in the federal market. Poor targeting creates many of the problems we discuss on the Contracting Officer Podcast – from miscommunication between buyer and seller, to adversarial debriefs,...

 015 The Source Selection Zone (Zone 4) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2340

The last in a 4 part series describing the Acquisition Time Zones in greater detail.  (see Episode 003 for an overview of the Time Zones) In this episode Kevin and Paul discuss what happens after...

 014 The RFP Zone (Zone 3) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2066

The third in a 4 part series describing the Acquisition Time Zones in greater detail.  (see Episode 003 for an overview of the  Time Zones) In this episode Kevin and Paul describe what information must...

 013 The Market Research Zone (Zone 2) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2046

The second in a 4 part series describing the Acquisition Time Zones in greater detail.  (see Episode 003 for an overview of the  Time Zones) In this episode Kevin and Paul discuss the types of...

 012 The Requirement Zone (Zone 1) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1882

This is the first in a 4 part series describing the Acquisition Time Zones in greater detail.  (see Episode 003 for an overview of the  Time Zones) In this episode, Kevin and Paul describe how...

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