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Government Contracting Officer Podcast

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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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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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By Penguini5000 - Nov 11 2019
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I listen to the episodes while getting g ready for the day and in my drive into the office. Listening to Contracting Officer Podcast helps me put on my game face for the day/week.

Lots of golden nuggets here!

By Hsmithtl - Feb 24 2019
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Very informative and helpful, even for seasoned federal BD reps! Thank you

iTunes Ratings

123 Ratings
Average Ratings
117
4
0
1
1

Great content

By Penguini5000 - Nov 11 2019
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I listen to the episodes while getting g ready for the day and in my drive into the office. Listening to Contracting Officer Podcast helps me put on my game face for the day/week.

Lots of golden nuggets here!

By Hsmithtl - Feb 24 2019
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Very informative and helpful, even for seasoned federal BD reps! Thank you
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Government Contracting Officer Podcast

Latest release on Jan 20, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: 245 - The 6 Month Rule

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

We're all busy.  That doesn't mean we're all productive.  

Kevin and Paul discuss a strategy many leaders use to focus on high priority tasks and carve through the busyness:  The 6 Month Rule.  The strategy comes by many names and certainly wasn't invented here.  Listen and learn how to apply it to manage your workload and assess risk of action/inaction.    

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This episode is brought to you by Skyway Acquisition.  To get help with the Government market, become a Skyway Community member. The Skyway Community ensures you are better positioned to take advantage of opportunities and better equipped to manage the challenges of government contracts.  Members have access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and training resources from Skyway’s team of former COs, including the ability to get the perspective of the entire team in the “Ask A Contracting Officer” Forum, get specialized training from on-demand webinars and articles, targeting support through the RFP Score™ assessment tool, as well as custom consulting from Skyway’s team of former COs who help solve your unique puzzles. To learn more, visit askskyway.com or call 877-884-5280. 

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts

Jun 30 2019

28mins

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Rank #2: 196 Building a Proposal Schedule

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
In this episode of a five part series, Kevin welcomes special guest Vicky Strycharske to discuss the second of four steps that Industry should take when an RFP is released by the Government - Building a Proposal Schedule. Episode 165 (Proposals - the First Four Steps) provided the overview. Episode 176 (Proposals - Reading the RFP) gave us the first step. We’ll cover the remaining steps in detail in future episodes.

This episode is brought to you by Skyway Acquisition. To get help with the Government market, become a Skyway Community member. The Skyway Community ensures you are better positioned to take advantage of opportunities and better equipped to manage the challenges of government contracts. Members have access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and training resources from Skyway’s team of former COs, including the ability to get the perspective of the entire team in the “Ask A Contracting Officer” Forum, get specialized training from on-demand webinars and articles, targeting support through the RFP Score™ assessment tool, as well as custom consulting from Skyway’s team of former COs who help solve your unique puzzles. To learn more, visit askskyway.com.

Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Jul 22 2018

27mins

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Rank #3: 144 Cost Vs. Price Analysis

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
How does the Government determine that a price is fair and reasonable? Analysis!
Kevin and Paul discuss the differences between price analysis and cost analysis (FAR 15.404-1) and why it is important to understand the requirements of each. Learn how the Government can leverage the power of competition and how Industry can help the Government streamline the price/cost analysis process.

Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Jul 23 2017

26mins

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Rank #4: 149 The Changes Clause

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
This episode is brought to you by Deltek. https://www.deltek.com/en/products/business-development/govwin
Few contracts are executed without changes. (longer term or complex contracts anyway…) Government contracts generally contain a clause or clauses that allow the Government to make changes to some aspect of the contract terms. Learn what can be changed and why Industry has a responsibility to notify the Government of formal or even perceived changes.

Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Aug 28 2017

19mins

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Rank #5: 203 Relationships in Government Contracting w/Brian Butler

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
Kevin welcomes special guest Brian Butler to discuss the power of building relationships in the government contracting world.
Brian Butler is President and CEO of Vistra Communications (www.consultvistra.com), a communications strategy and professional solutions agency providing communications and management solutions to corporate, government and nonprofit organizations.
A retired and decorated career military officer, Brian has provided Public Relations, Strategic Communications, Marketing, and Management Consulting services to senior leaders and their organizations for nearly three decades. Prior to founding Vistra, Brian provided Strategic Communications counsel to senior leaders at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, FL. He also served in a director-level policy position on the Homeland Security Council (HSC) in the White House.
Listen and learn from Brian’s experiences with the 80/20 rule, our favorite way to describe the relative importance and balance between process and relationships in a specific acquisition.

This episode is brought to you by Skyway Acquisition. To get help with the Government market, become a Skyway Community member. The Skyway Community ensures you are better positioned to take advantage of opportunities and better equipped to manage the challenges of government contracts. Members have access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and training resources from our team of former COs, including the ability to get the perspective of our whole team in Ask A Contracting Officer Forum, get specialized training from our on-demand webinars and articles, targeting support through our RFP Score™ assessment tool, as well as our consulting from our team of former COs who help solve your unique puzzles. To learn more, visit skywaymember.com.

Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Sep 09 2018

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Rank #6: 229 - Path to Fair Opportunity Part 4

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

In the final episode of our mini-series on the “Fair Opportunity” process, Kevin and Paul discuss how the government can award a "sole source" task order within the bounds of the fair opportunity toolbox.   

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This episode is brought to you by Skyway Acquisition.  To get help with the Government market, become a Skyway Community member. The Skyway Community ensures you are better positioned to take advantage of opportunities and better equipped to manage the challenges of government contracts.  Members have access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and training resources from Skyway’s team of former COs, including the ability to get the perspective of the entire team in the “Ask A Contracting Officer” Forum, get specialized training from on-demand webinars and articles, targeting support through the RFP Score™ assessment tool, as well as custom consulting from Skyway’s team of former COs who help solve your unique puzzles. To learn more, visit askskyway.com

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.   

Mar 11 2019

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Rank #7: 002 What is the 80/20 Rule in government contracts?

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Listen and Learn… One often-overlooked difference between the federal market and the commercial market is that federal market sales are won more by process than by relationships. Contracting Officers (COs) cannot buy based on relationships alone. Relationships matter (see FAR Parts 3 and 9), but relationships are usually not the most important factor. The relationship is 20% of the decision. The other 80% is the competitive process.

Nov 30 2014

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Rank #8: 156 Buy American? with Shelley Hall

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
We’re happy to welcome back one of our favorite retired Contracting Officers, Shelley Hall. Shelley and Paul discuss the web of confusing requirements surrounding the Buy American Act (BAA), Trade Agreement Act (TAA), and Berry Amendment.
Learn how these laws restrict Government purchases of most supplies originating from non-domestic sources and why bids & proposals can be eliminated from a competition if they aren’t compliant. Shelley also provides advice on how to deal with exceptions to RFP requirements relating to the BAA, TAA, and Berry Amendment.
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This episode is brought to you by Skyway Acquisition. To get help with the Government market, become a Skyway Community member. The Skyway Community ensures you are better positioned to take advantage of opportunities and better equipped to manage the challenges of government contracts. Members have access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and training resources from our team of former COs, including the ability to get the perspective of our whole team in Ask A Contracting Officer Forum, get specialized training from our on-demand webinars and articles, targeting support through our RFP Score™ assessment tool, as well as our consulting from our team of former COs who help solve your unique puzzles. Personal memberships start at $50 with no contract. To learn more, visit skywaymember.com.

Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Oct 15 2017

22mins

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Rank #9: 101 Negotiations

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
This episode is brought to you by PROPRICER(TM), the #1 proposal pricing and cost analysis software used by federal agencies and small to large government contractors. PROPRICER’s Government Edition will simplify the Government’s cost analysis process and save time and effort. Visit www.PROPRICER.com\podcast to learn more or request a demonstration.
Negotiations are an important part of the Government acquisition world. (and the rest of your life, of course) Kevin and Paul discuss the origin of “win-win” negotiations. Learn the important difference between competition and negotiation and why embracing the solution as “ours” leads to better outcomes.

Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Oct 02 2016

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Rank #10: 201 - Final Rates

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
Kevin and Paul wrap up this mini-series about different types of rates in the Government acquisition and contracting world. Episode 183 began the discussion with Provisional Billing Rates. Episode 192 continued with Forward Pricing Rates. Today the discussion turns to final indirect cost rates.
Learn who determines final rates, why final rates can take quite a long time to be negotiated and “finalized”, and why that time lag can create challenges for both Government and Industry.

This episode is brought to you by Skyway Acquisition. To get help with the Government market, become a Skyway Community member. The Skyway Community ensures you are better positioned to take advantage of opportunities and better equipped to manage the challenges of government contracts. Members have access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and training resources from Skyway’s team of former COs, including the ability to get the perspective of the entire team in the “Ask A Contracting Officer” Forum, get specialized training from on-demand webinars and articles, targeting support through the RFP Score™ assessment tool, as well as custom consulting from Skyway’s team of former COs who help solve your unique puzzles. To learn more, visit skywaymember.com.

Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Aug 26 2018

29mins

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Rank #11: 193 ENCORE - Lucky vs. Good

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
In this holiday encore episode, Kevin and Paul depart from the usual Contracting Officer Podcast topics and get a little “philosophical”. Well…not really. After a spirited “discussion” about how the ebb and flow of the economy in general impacts Government contractors we boiled it down to a basic principle: Lucky vs. Good.
Kevin and Paul discuss the differences between lucky and good in the Government acquisition world and why both Government and Industry should recognize the impact of external forces on the competitive landscape.

Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Jul 02 2018

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Rank #12: 120 Contract Modifications

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
It is likely that your contract will require some kind of modification over its period of performance. (unless it is for a simple commodity purchase) Modifications may have a large impact (to the specification, schedule, statement of work, etc.) or may make minor administrative changes with no impact to the work.
Kevin and Paul discuss FAR Part 43 and provide an overview of the process and rules for modifying Government contracts. Learn the different types of modifications, who can authorize changes to the contract, and why Government and Industry negotiation “power” changes after contract award.

Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Feb 12 2017

30mins

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Rank #13: 218 - Encore - Small Business Set Aside Preference

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

In this encore presentation of an earlier episode, Kevin and Paul discuss the Government’s preference (or lack of preference) for specific small business categories during the acquisition process.  Learn how open communication can help Government acquisition teams award set-aside contracts faster and how Industry can leverage the Government’s small business goals to create a competitive advantage.   

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This episode is brought to you by Skyway Acquisition.  To get help with the Government market, become a Skyway Community member. The Skyway Community ensures you are better positioned to take advantage of opportunities and better equipped to manage the challenges of government contracts.  Members have access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and training resources from Skyway’s team of former COs, including the ability to get the perspective of the entire team in the “Ask A Contracting Officer” Forum, get specialized training from on-demand webinars and articles, targeting support through the RFP Score™ assessment tool, as well as custom consulting from Skyway’s team of former COs who help solve your unique puzzles. To learn more, visit skywaymember.com.

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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.  Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.  

Dec 24 2018

21mins

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Rank #14: 264 - Winning Your First Contract w/Mike LeJeune

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

Today we welcome Mike LeJeune from RSM Federal and host of the Game Changers for Government Contractors podcast.  Mike and Paul discuss sales strategies for winning your first government contract as well as common mistakes that contractors make while attempting to win a government contract award.      

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If you enjoy this podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are already a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Nov 10 2019

29mins

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Rank #15: 092 What is FAR Part 12

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
FAR Part 12 “Acquisition of Commercial Items” allows the Government to acquire commercial items using commercial procedures, or at least the Government’s version of commercial procedures.
Kevin and Paul discuss the genesis of FAR Part 12 and share their experience acquiring everything from simple off-the-shelf goods to aircraft using FAR Part 12. You’ll learn what types of goods and services can be bought (and sold) using the acquisition policies contained in FAR Part 12. Learn how the Government’s policies and procedures are similar to the commercial marketplace and how they differ.
FAR Part 12 can make the acquisition process faster and easier for both sides. Learn how the Government can reduce ‘paperwork” and entice new entrants to the Government market and how Industry can benefit from the use of FAR Part 12’s unique policies.
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Aug 14 2016

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Rank #16: 183 Provisional Billing Rates

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
Kevin and Paul discuss how Industry can “provisionally” bill their costs on cost-type contracts per FAR 42.701, which defines “billing rate”. Learn how provisional billing rates are established and how they are managed in order to “meet at the end”.

This episode is brought to you by Skyway Acquisition. To get help with the Government market, become a Skyway Community member. The Skyway Community ensures you are better positioned to take advantage of opportunities and better equipped to manage the challenges of government contracts. Members have access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and training resources from our team of former COs, including the ability to get the perspective of our whole team in Ask A Contracting Officer Forum, get specialized training from our on-demand webinars and articles, targeting support through our RFP Score™ assessment tool, as well as our consulting from our team of former COs who help solve your unique puzzles. Personal memberships start at $50 with no contract. To learn more, visit skywaymember.com.

Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Apr 22 2018

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Rank #17: 182 - Qualifying Opportunities (Part 1)

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

Overwhelmed by the number of solicitations on FBO.gov? (That’s where the Federal Government posts solicitations and provides information to industry) Kevin and Paul discuss the process of qualifying opportunities. Learn how to make sure you’re spending your time bidding on the right solicitations for you. And Government folks, learn why it is important to provide enough information to allow Industry to properly qualify opportunities. (hint: less wasted effort for all)

This episode is brought to you by Skyway Acquisition. To get help with the Government market, become a Skyway Community member. The Skyway Community ensures you are better positioned to take advantage of opportunities and better equipped to manage the challenges of government contracts. Members have access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and training resources from our team of former COs, including the ability to get the perspective of our whole team in Ask A Contracting Officer Forum, get specialized training from our on-demand webinars and articles, targeting support through our RFP Score™ assessment tool, as well as our consulting from our team of former COs who help solve your unique puzzles. Personal memberships start at $50 with no contract. To learn more, visit skywaymember.com.

Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Apr 15 2018

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Rank #18: 155 The Importance of the Debrief

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
“The debriefing is an opportunity to prevent protests, not cause them.”
Kevin and Paul return to the topic of debriefings. Learn why debriefs are often a missed opportunity for both Government and Industry to improve future acquisition outcomes.
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This episode is brought to you by Skyway Acquisition. To get help with the Government market, become a Skyway Community member. The Skyway Community ensures you are better positioned to take advantage of opportunities and better equipped to manage the challenges of government contracts. Members have access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and training resources from our team of former COs, including the ability to get the perspective of our whole team in Ask A Contracting Officer Forum, get specialized training from our on-demand webinars and articles, targeting support through our RFP Score™ assessment tool, as well as our consulting from our team of former COs who help solve your unique puzzles. Personal memberships start at $50 with no contract. To learn more, visit skywaymember.com.

Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Oct 08 2017

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Rank #19: 066 What is an IDIQ Contract?

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you.

This episode is brought to you by Unanet. Use Unanet for all Projects, People & Financials, or integrate seamlessly with other accounting and ERP systems. Unanet provides a ‘single source of truth’ and removes the barriers to sharing realtime information caused by using separate business systems. Visit unanet.com\podcast to learn more.

What does Indefinite Delivery \ Indefinite Quantity mean for my contract? Did I really win any work? Or for the Government, how much can I buy and for how long?

Kevin and Paul explain what IDIQ means and discuss the benefits and pitfalls of this common contract type. Learn how to leverage IDIQ contracts to make acquisition easier for both Government and for Industry. You’ll also hear cautionary tales of how misunderstanding of IDIQ contracts can wreck your program or company.

Feb 14 2016

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Rank #20: 160 Is This a Contract?

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
Kevin and Paul review the basic elements required to create a legal contract. This is the first of a series that will examine each element in detail. DISCLAIMER: We are NOT lawyers. This stuff is complicated. If you’re in a dispute about the legality of a contract, please consult an attorney.

Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Nov 12 2017

18mins

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274 - Personal vs Positional Power with Michael Derrios

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

This week we welcome special guest Michael Derrios, currently the Senior Procurement Executive and Head of Contracting Activity for the United States Coast Guard.  Mr. Derrios shares his insight on the challenges that Contracting Officers face due to their unique power to obligate the Government, as well as the scrutiny that power brings from both internal and external entities.

Listen and learn as Paul and Michael discuss the differences between personal and positional power and share their perspectives on the skills and qualities that are required to succeed as a Contracting Officer.  

For more on this topic, check out his blog here: https://www.michaelderrios.com/post/the-power-of-the-pen.  
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If you enjoy our podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are already a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts. 

Jan 20 2020

34mins

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273 - What is a SBIR?

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

Kevin and Paul discuss the SBIR program, a great way for small businesses to enter the government market or to grow their capabilities.  It's also an exciting way for the Government to streamline the acquisition process for innovative concepts.  The Air Force has used "Pitch Days" to award SBIR contracts on the spot with their credit cards.  

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If you enjoy our podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are already a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.   

Jan 13 2020

20mins

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272 - Flossing Your Contracts

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Contract administration is like flossing your teeth.  Best to do it on a regular basis.  If you skip it for a while you may not notice any pain right away, but you can bet that there will be pain later.  A little time and money spent now prevents major expenditures down the road.  

Kevin and Paul discuss the kinds of pain you can largely avoid through regular "contract hygiene".  
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If you enjoy our podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are already a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Jan 06 2020

28mins

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271 - ENCORE - What is a COTR? What is a COR?

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

What does a COTR do?  What can a COR direct a contractor to do? What is outside the scope of their authority?  In this special holiday encore episode you’ll learn the answers to these questions and more as Kevin and Paul discuss the role of Contracting Officer Technical Representatives (sometimes known as Contracting Officer Representatives).  Gain new knowledge or refresh your understanding of why the Government appoints COTRs and CORs and why it is important for both Government and Industry to understand their responsibilities, authority, and limitations. 

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If you enjoy our podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are already a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Dec 29 2019

21mins

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270 - ENCORE - What is a Contracting Officer?

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

In this holiday encore presentation of a foundational episode,  Kevin and Paul explain  the  role of a Contracting Officer along with some detail on how they are appointed.  You'll also learn about the different types of contracting officers. (with some personal experience mixed in, of course) 

This episode was originally released as episode #9, way back when the Contracting Officer Podcast was brand new and we were brand new podcasters.  We hope you enjoy this holiday season and also enjoy hearing how far the podcast has come over the last 5 years thanks to your feedback.  We never get tired of hearing from you.  Send a note to hosts@contractingofficerpodcast.com with your comments, questions, or concerns.  Thanks!
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If you enjoy our podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are already a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Dec 23 2019

21mins

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269 - Ignorance is Bliss

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

It's a common human tendency. When things are going well, we become complacent to the reality of why they are going well and what risks could materialize if things stop going well. 

Kevin and Paul discuss this tendency in the context of Government acquisition. What happens if the Government relies on the same acquisition strategy over and over "because it works"?  Why should contractors focus on more than relationships to continue winning at an agency?  Listen and learn the answers to these questions and more.

Ignorance is Bliss

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If you enjoy our podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are already a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Dec 15 2019

23mins

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268 - HUBZone set-asides

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

What is the advantage of being in a HUBZone? (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) Kevin and Paul gave an overview of the HUBZone program in Episode 178.  Today they dive deeper into this special niche for small businesses.  

Listen and learn how FAR 19.1305 gives contracting officers the ability to set certain acquisitions aside exclusively for qualified HUBZone small businesses and in some circumstances even award on a sole source basis. You'll also gain insight into why just being a HUBZone small business concern isn't enough to gain the Government's interest.  

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If you enjoy our podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are already a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts. 

Dec 08 2019

20mins

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Acquisition Time Zones Webinar Ad - Dec 2019

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Join us Friday, December 13th at 1:00pm EST for our Acquisition Time Zones webinar! Register at skywaymember.com See you there! 

Dec 06 2019

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267 - The Past Performance Advantage (Part 1)

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

Use past performance to your advantage? When you read that, did you think of how Government contractors can use past performance?  Or how Government Contracting Officers and acquisition teams can use past performance?  Maybe because it is a required source selection evaluation factor, past performance is often given the least importance and doesn't really impact many award decisions.  

Kevin and Paul discuss why past performance almost always matters, regardless of acquisition strategy.  Learn how both Government and industry can tap the power of past performance for better acquisition outcomes.  (otherwise known as "making Government contracts better, one contract at a time!")

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If you enjoy our podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are already a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts

Dec 02 2019

26mins

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266 - ENCORE - Cut the Blah Blah

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)  

This is a special holiday encore presentation of a previously released podcast.  

Kevin and Paul discuss the power of succinct writing set up by a quote from Mark Twain, “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter”.  Government Requests for Proposals and the proposals submitted in response are well known for “dense” content.  Learn tips on how to purge your writing of unnecessary content that obscures the intended message and how this can help both Government and Industry save time and money.  

…yes…we know…Twain wasn’t the first.  The earliest recorded use of the concept "If I Had More Time, I Would Have Written a Shorter Letter" comes from French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal's work "Lettres Provinciales" in 1657.  It has been attributed to many others since.  
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If you enjoy our podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are already a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Nov 24 2019

24mins

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265 - What is a second-tier sub?

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

Subcontracting in the Government world can be a complicated process. We've talked about small business goals and set-asides among many other subcontracting topics. Today we tackle second-tier subcontractors.

What is a second-tier sub? How can they be viewed differently on services contracts vs. product or solution contracts? Why would the Government limit second-tier subs? Why would industry use a second-tier sub?

Listen and learn the answers to these questions and more.

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If you enjoy our podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are already a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission: Make government contracts better, one contract at a time.

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Nov 17 2019

24mins

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264 - Winning Your First Contract w/Mike LeJeune

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

Today we welcome Mike LeJeune from RSM Federal and host of the Game Changers for Government Contractors podcast.  Mike and Paul discuss sales strategies for winning your first government contract as well as common mistakes that contractors make while attempting to win a government contract award.      

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If you enjoy this podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are already a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Nov 10 2019

29mins

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263 - beta.sam.gov

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

GovCon isn't static.  Many of the common themes of the podcast, like context and communication, never change.  But sometimes the specifics of how you get the job done change, and in this case it is long overdue.  

The federal government is transitioning and consolidating legacy GovCon websites to the new SAM.gov by the end of Q4 in FY2020.  The incremental transition began with the standup of beta.SAM.gov in 2017.  Although a few sites have already migrated to beta.SAM.gov, many in the GovCon world have not been impacted yet.  

On November 8th, 2019 that will change.  FBO.gov is migrating to beta.SAM.govFBO.gov (AKA FedBizOpps) is the Governmentwide point of entry (GPE), the single point where Government business opportunities greater than $25k can be accessed by the public. This change will impact nearly everyone in the Government acquisition world.     

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If you enjoy this podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are already a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Nov 04 2019

24mins

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262 - Stages of Money

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

We talked about colors of money way back in Episode 19, including the limitations that are attached to each color regarding purpose and availability.  Today Kevin and Paul take a different route and discuss the stages that Government money travels through regardless of color.  

Listen and learn the nuances of terms like committed, obligated, expired, and cancelled...and how they impact the acquisition and contract execution process.  

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If you enjoy this podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are already a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts

Oct 27 2019

17mins

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Webinar Update

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We are hosting a free webinar this Thursday at 1:00 EST. Go to skywaywebinar.com to register.

Oct 21 2019

1min

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261 - Select to Negotiate

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

Can the Government negotiate with an individual offeror after the selection process has begun but before awarding a contract?  You may be surprised to learn that the answer is yes!

Kevin and Paul discuss a source selection technique called "select to negotiate".  This process is allowable during task order competitions on multiple award IDIQs.  

Learn why contractors fear this source selection strategy and how Government acquisition offices can use it to create a positive outcome for all. 
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If you enjoy our podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are already a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts. 

Oct 21 2019

27mins

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260 - Why is there still a Contracting Officer Podcast?

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

The line above has been part of almost every podcast intro for the last 5 years.  We know the name has confused a lot of people.  In addition, we sometimes talk about Skyway Acquisition, which further confuses things.

For today's episode Kevin and Paul attempt to clarify why they started the podcast and why they still release an episode every week.  You'll also learn about the connection to the Skyway Community, how a podcast pays its bills, and where we're heading in the future.  
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If you enjoy our podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are already a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.

Oct 13 2019

16mins

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259 - It’s Not What You Know, It’s How You Apply It

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

Past performance is always an important factor in Government award decisions, but just having past performance isn't enough.

Kevin and Paul dive into past performance once again, this time to clarify that the real value of past performance is how you apply it to the job at hand.  
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If you enjoy our podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts. 

Oct 07 2019

20mins

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258 - Is Bigger Better?

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

Kevin and Paul discuss the impact of scale on government contracts.  Learn how contract size and scope can impact small and large businesses as well as government acquisition and program offices.   
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If you enjoy our podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about winning more contracts.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts. 

Sep 29 2019

26mins

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257 - No Ghosting

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

Kevin and Paul expand on a blog written by Michael Derrios (Head of Contracting/Senior Procurement Executive at U.S. Coast Guard) about ghosting - the practice of withdrawing from communication without explanation.  The power of open communication is a regular topic on this podcast.  This week focuses on the value created when the government releases a Request for Information (RFI) and provides specific feedback on industry responses.    

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If you enjoy our podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running a government contracting business. We speak GovCon.

Whether you are brand new to GovCon, just got your first contract, or you are a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will guide you to the next level.

With our extensive tools and training, exclusive member discounts on consulting support, and a supportive and active community of peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone who is serious about being a government contractor.

Give us a call at 877-884-5280 or check us out at skywaymember.com
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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry's shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission:  Make government contracts better, one contract at a time. 

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting.  It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession.  Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts. 

Sep 22 2019

23mins

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By Penguini5000 - Nov 11 2019
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I listen to the episodes while getting g ready for the day and in my drive into the office. Listening to Contracting Officer Podcast helps me put on my game face for the day/week.

Lots of golden nuggets here!

By Hsmithtl - Feb 24 2019
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Very informative and helpful, even for seasoned federal BD reps! Thank you