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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:

 042 What Happens at the End of the Fiscal Year? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1337

The Government Fiscal Year (GFY is the common acronym) runs 1 October through 30 September. The last month of the GFY has the potential for great drama because Government funds have an expiration date. (check out Ep. 019 “Colors of Money” for more on...

 041 What is the Uniform Contract Format (UCF)? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1127

Almost every Federal Government contract follows the same general format. Ever wonder why? (or wonder why anyone would have a podcast about it?) Kevin and Paul explain the FAR’s framework for contract format and how it leads to efficiency in the...

 040 Why Contract Type Matters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 983

Selecting the most appropriate contract type is an important step in a successful acquisition. This decision is made at the very beginning of the process but can haunt both the Government and Industry throughout the life of the contract if the contract...

 039 What is a Two-Step Sealed Bid? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1400

You’ve heard of sealed bids? How about Two-Step? No, not a type of dance… Two-Step Sealed bidding is a type of acquisition process that al-lows the Government to evaluate technical bids and request pricing from only those bidders who make the cut...

 038 What is a Follow-On Contract? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1702

Ever heard of a logical follow-on? Kevin and Paul explain why logic is just one of the many factors that can influence the decision to award a non-competitive contract to an incumbent contractor.In addition, learn some of the pros and cons of follow-on...

 037 What is a COTR? What is a COR? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1301

What does a COTR do? What can a COR direct a contractor to do? What is outside the scope of their authority? Learn the answers to these questions and more as Kevin and Paul discuss the role of Contracting Officer Technical Representatives (also known...

 036 What is an Option? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1150

What does it mean if your contract has “options”? Kevin and Paul explain the reasons why options are used in Government contracts and how they impact proposals and source selections.Learn how the execution and administration of your contract is...

 035 What is a CLIN? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1397

Kevin and Paul explain Contract Line Item Numbers (CLINs) and help listeners understand why they are used and why it is important for both Government and Industry to understand them. In addition, learn how the execution and administration of your...

 034 ENCORE What is a Contracting Officer? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1380

In this special rebroadcast of one of the most popular early episodes, Kevin and Paul explain what Contracting Officers do. They define the role of the CO and provide detail on how they are appointed. They also describe the different types of...

 033 How Do Sole Source Contracts Work? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1928

Are Sole Source Awards Easier? In this episode Kevin and Paul debate this listener question. A Contracting Officer (and listener!) took issue with a comment from a previous episode regarding sole source contracts and provided not only a great idea but...

 032 What I Learned About Proposals With Vicky Strycharske - Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1531

In Part 2 of this special episode, Kevin and Paul continue their conversation about proposals with Vicky Strycharske, Senior Proposal Manager at Skyway Acquisition Solutions. This is another “what I wish I knew”episode that covers nuances of the RFP...

 031 What I Learned About Proposals - Special Guest Vicky Strycharske - Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1621

In this special episode, Kevin and Paul discuss proposals with Vicky Strycharske, Senior Proposal Manager at Skyway Acquisition Solutions. This is another “what I wish I knew” episode that covers nuances of the RFP and proposal writing process that...

 030 What is a Competitive Range Determination? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1531

In this episode Kevin and Paul describe one step of the Government’s source selection process, Competitive Range Determinations. They explain the purpose of competitive range determinations, when the determination takes place, and why the Government...

 029 What are Subcontracting and Teaming? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1533

In this episode Kevin and Paul discuss the balance that both industry and the Government must consider as they plan how best to meet a requirement. Industry must decide whether or not outside vendors, suppliers, or subcontractors will be needed to meet...

 028 What is a Small Business Set-Aside? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1328

In this episode Kevin and Paul discuss the purpose of small business set-asides. Why would the Government only allow small businesses to bid on some opportunities? Learn the different types of set-asides and why they are important for both large and...

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