7 Ways Large Contractors Setup a Winning Proposal Process

By Raymond Thibodeaux on Jan 9, 2018

So much about developing proposals to win a government contract, is the scaffolding, the process.

That's where large primes have a decided advantage. They often have "proposal factories" of their own with well defined proposal processes and trained dedicated resources such as capture and proposal managers, technical writers, and graphics artists who can churn out proposals like Willy Wonka churns out Wonka bars.

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All I Want For Christmas: A Proposal Writer's Wish List

By Ellen Perrine on Dec 21, 2017

The holidays are upon us and Christmas is fast approaching.The stores have their holiday displays, and many of us are planning get-togethers with family and friends, where we will enjoy good food and good cheer. As a proposal writer who has just completed a long and hard proposal, I got to thinking about what proposal professionals like me might like to receive this holiday season, just in case someone out there with a beard and a red suit wants to know.

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10 Keys to Landing a Federal Contract Teaming Arrangement

By Jim McCarthy on Dec 11, 2017

In today's world of federal contracting, multi-company teaming arrangements are the rule rather than the exception. Government contractors, small and large, team to gain a market foothold, offset vulnerabilities, obtain site knowledge, open doors to a larger key personnel pool, help with bid costs.

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How to Launch a Career in Proposal Management: My Story

By Lisa Shea Mundt on Nov 16, 2017

When we’re children we’re often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I don’t have kids of my own, but I can only assume most of them don’t respond with “I want to write and manage federal government proposals.

Yet I found myself doing just that once I graduated college—feeling comfortable with the logistical minutia of proposals such as writing and organization, but not fully realizing the “what” and “why” behind the job. 

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Contract Lingo Bingo: A Guide to IDIQ, GWAC and BPA Contracts

By Amber Hart on Nov 6, 2017

So your company is hunting "big game" in the government contracting world? Well you are not alone. The Federal Government, both defense and civilian, operate their procurement and acquisition needs off of hundreds of contract vehicles a day.

You may have heard of some of these vehicles: Alliant, OASIS, SEWP V, CIO-SP3.

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How to Manage Proposal Color Reviews When You Lack Time

By Doug Brisson on Oct 4, 2017

The progressive, sequenced structure of color-coded proposal reviews works. That is, it works on major proposals where you have lead time of 30 days or more, especially if there is a draft RFP that can help you jump start the process, and you have access to the client’s resources and Subject Matter Experts.

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10 Reasons to be Proud of Working in the Government Proposal World

By Jim McCarthy on Sep 29, 2017

We often hear negative representations of Government contractors, and these stories seem to garner alot of media attention. But what about the positive impact these companies have on our larger community? Now more than ever, for professionals in the government market, it's important to know that each day you come to work you are privileged to have the opportunity to do something great, difficult, unlikely, or nearly impossible to achieve.

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5 "Dumb" Questions Proposal Writers Should Never Be Afraid to Ask the Government

By Raymond Thibodeaux on Sep 18, 2017

We've all heard the phrase there is no such thing as a dumb question. The fact is, even a seemingly obvious question can elicit a helpful and sometimes surprising response by the Government.

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A Guide To Proposal Color Team Reviews & Ratings

By Doug Brisson on Sep 15, 2017

The world of Government proposals is a world with its own language and rituals. The first of these is learning the acronym RFP (Request for Proposal) and the process of shredding it down to the customer requirements located (or should I say buried, hidden, or disguised?) in Sections C, L, and M in particular. Soon thereafter, you will encounter on the proposal schedule color coded reviews: Blue, Pink, Red, Green, Gold, and White and even, sometimes, shades in between. And if that wasn't confusing enough, documents reviewed in each of these are often rated as Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue.

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How to Write Effective Resumes for Federal Proposals

By Raymond Thibodeaux on Jul 6, 2017

As someone who’s rewritten hundreds of resumes for federal proposals, you start to notice patterns in the way people construct their resumes that often make it difficult for evaluators to assess the quality of the candidates.

Resumes are the first chance the Government gets to meet (virtually speaking) your team, especially your key personnel.

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