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PART III: Going After Jobs. Who Provides the Offer & Who Accepts.

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1 PART III: Going After Jobs

2 Who Provides the Offer & Who Accepts

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4 How Are Contracts Awarded?

5 Lowest Price Solicitation serves notice that the award will made based on lowest price. Request for Quotes – written or oral Invitation for Bid (IFB) The business providing the lowest price must still be responsive and responsible in order to be awarded a contract.

6 The Concept of Best Value in Negotiated Procurement The entire effort involved in the acquisition process is directed toward the goal of obtaining best value. Best value means the expected outcome of an acquisition that, in the Governments estimation, provides the greatest overall benefit in response to the requirement.

7 Best Value: Two Approaches Tradeoff Allows tradeoffs among cost or price and non-cost factors and allows the Government to accept other than the lowest priced proposal. Lowest Price/Technically Acceptable Proposals are evaluated to determine whether they are technically acceptable and award is made to the lowest priced technically acceptable offer.

8 Responsiveness/Responsibility

9 Responsible vs. Responsive Contractor Responsible – Meet Criteria of Part 9 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Responsive – Meet Criteria of a Particular Solicitation

10 What is a Responsible Contractor? FAR Part 9 Determination of Contractor Responsibility: – Formal document, signed by Contracting Officer – Responsibility determined by the following: Adequate financial resources to perform contract Able to comply with required delivery or performance schedule Satisfactory performance record (past performance) Satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics

11 Responsible Contractor (cont) Have the necessary organization, experience, accounting and operational controls, and technical skills, or the ability to obtain them Necessary facilities and equipment to perform contract requirements Be otherwise qualified and eligible to receive an Award under applicable laws and regulations (i.e. not currently debarred) Contracting Officer also checks System for Award Management (SAM): Representations & Certifications Active Exclusions (Excluded Parties List)

12 OK…So What is a Responsive Contractor? Completes all requirements of the solicitation Follows directions Submits the proposal on-time Price is fair and reasonable Meets requirements of the set-aside, if it applies

13 Proposals: Uniform Contract Format

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15 Uniform Contract Format (UCF) FAR specifically requires the RFPs be prepared in accordance with the uniformed contract format. Though the UCF is not required for all solicitations, (for example RFQs and construction) there is basic information that must be provided regardless of the method of solicitation.

16 Uniform Contract Format Part I -- The Schedule A Solicitation/contract form B Supplies or services and prices/costs C Description/specifications/statement of work D Packaging and marking E Inspection and acceptance F Deliveries or performance G Contract administration data H Special contract requirements Part II -- Contract Clauses I Contract clauses Part III -- List of Documents, Exhibits and Other Attachments J List of attachments Part IV -- Representations and Instructions K Representations, certifications, and other statements of offerors or respondents L Instructions, conditions, and notices to offerors or respondents M Evaluation factors for award

17 From an SF 33: Example of Uniform Contract Format

18 Key Elements of a Request for Proposal Closing Date of Solicitation – UCF A Delivery Date or Start Date/Completion Date – UCF F Liquidated Damages – UCF I Bonds – UCF I Description/Specification/Statement of Work – UCF C Instructions, Conditions, and Notices to Offerors – UCF L Evaluation Factors for Award – UCF M Note: L and M info may be stated elsewhere if a Simplified Contract Format (SCF) is used.

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21 What Should I Focus On? Read all documents and forms included in the solicitation package (including attachments) If you do not understand a portion of the application, contact the Point of Contact Reading sections C through K will help you have a firm understanding of the specific needs and requests required by the government agency Pay special attention to Sections L and M of the application, as these outline the evaluation process of the solicitation

22 RFP Section L Information required to be submitted by offerors Data needed to evaluate offerors proposal Format information Margins, font size, headers, footers, etc. Binding General layout RFP Section M Evaluation Criteria Most important section to the source selection Basis for how offerors proposal will be evaluated through use of factors and subfactors Relationship between acquisition documents Requirements set forth in Statement of Objectives, Statement of Work, Performance Work Statement, etc.

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25 Evaluation Factors and Significant Subfactors Factors will be listed in order of relative importance Past Performance will be an evaluation factor It must be stated whether all factors other than price when combined are – significantly more important than price approximately equal to price, or significantly less important to price Agency rating method need not be disclosed in the solicitation

26 Rating Methods

27 Agency Rating Methods of Evaluating Your Proposals Colors Adjectives Numerical

28 One BIG Dont Do not simply mimic the language in the RFP Express an understanding of the RFP by specifying HOW you will perform the work Example: The RFPs Statement of Work is, …the planned treatment is to mechanically treat vegetation within the boundaries of the identified units by chopping, mulching, and/or shredding the existing vegetation. Dont just repeat this statement in your proposal. Tell them how you will address this need.

29 Getting Paid

30 How Do I Get Paid? The invoice payment due date is the later of either the 30 th day after the designated billing office has received a proper invoice from the contractor, or the 30 th day after the government acceptance of supplies delivered or services performed by the contractor. Note: 30 days applies only to supplies and services. 14 days applies to construction.

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32 How Do I Get Paid? The invoice payment due date is the later of either the 30 th day after the designated billing office has received a proper invoice from the contractor, or the 30 th day after the government acceptance of supplies delivered or services performed by the contractor. Note: 30 days applies only to supplies and services. 14 days applies to construction.

33 Tips for Success

34 What Can I Do? Be patient Build a balanced, successful business Attend networking events and prepare capabilities statements Practice and make it part of your routine Work with your PTAC!

35 Brett Housholder 300 S. Wolcott, Ste. 300 Casper, WY Andi Lewis 1400 E. College Dr. Cheyenne, WY Alyssa Lozier 213 W. Main St, Ste. C Riverton, WY


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