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Government Contracting Officer Podcast

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Rank #88 in Government category

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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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Love this podcast!

By Fed CO - Feb 04 2020
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This podcast is an amazing learning tool! I recommend this podcast to everyone I work with.

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

144 Ratings
Average Ratings
137
4
0
2
1

Love this podcast!

By Fed CO - Feb 04 2020
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This podcast is an amazing learning tool! I recommend this podcast to everyone I work with.

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 Jul 06, 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: 220 - MAS, GWACs, and MACs - Oh My! (with Vicky Strycharske)

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

Get ready to tackle the confusing world of MAS (Multiple Award Schedule), GWAC (Governmentwide Acquisition Contract), and MAC (Multiple Award IDIQ Contract) acquisitions.  Kevin welcomes special guest Vicky Strycharske to discuss these increasing common contract arrangements.  Vicky is a regular guest, former contracting officer, and also a Skyway team member who specializes in GSA schedule and MAS/GWAC/MAC issues.

Learn how these contracts differ from standard FAR Part 15 acquisitions, how they differ from each other, and why these differences can help streamline Government acquisitions.

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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.   

Jan 07 2019

27mins

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Rank #2: 157 Targeting 101 (Updated)

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
This is an update to one of our earliest podcasts, Episode 16 “The Importance of Targeting”. We decided to refresh the content and take advantage of the improvements we’ve made in our audio over the past couple of years.
Targeting is a critical element of winning bids in the federal market. Poor targeting creates many of the problems we discuss on the Contracting Officer Podcast – from miscommunication between buyer and seller, to adversarial debriefs, and yes, even to protests. Regardless of where you sit in the federal buying and selling process, it is critical that you understand the importance of targeting. In this updated episode we explain how to identify your Ideal Target Market by stitching together three elements of targeting: your Reachable Market, your Target Market and your Weight Class.
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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 22 2017

20mins

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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: 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

20mins

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Rank #5: 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 #6: 194 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!)
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.

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.

Jul 08 2018

21mins

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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

19mins

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Rank #8: 217 - Deviation to Limitations on Subcontracting

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

Just when you think you understand the rules…

Kevin and Paul provide an update to Episode 210 where FAR 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting, was discussed.  Within months of that episode’s release a deviation to the FAR was issued that impacts the application (though not the concept) of the clause and other related clauses.

Listen and learn how deviations to FAR clauses can quickly change the acquisition landscape.      

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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.   

Dec 16 2018

19mins

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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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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If you need help with the Government market, become a Skyway Connection Community licensee and get access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and contract-centric training resources that will make sure you’re ready to take advantage of opportunities each time they knock.
The Skyway Connection© Community was created specifically to help small companies expand their knowledge and capabilities, and to increase their competitive position in federal government acquisitions. - Learn more at: https://skywayacquisition.com/connect
Membership benefits include:
Access to Skyway Insight© Webinars
Unlimited access to The RFP Score™
Access to Ask a Contracting Officer Forum™
Priority Access to Skyway Team for Skyway Insight, capture, proposal support

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

28mins

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Rank #11: 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

25mins

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Rank #12: 107 Pricing Primer

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
Cost proposals for Government contracts can be quite different than a proposal or quote in the commercial world. How do you build a price for a Government proposal?
Kevin and Paul discuss the basic elements that make up a cost proposal. Depending on what is being acquired, contract type, and other variables you may have to provide details for every element of cost that is included in your price.
Learn why the Government requires supporting information for these details and why it is important for the Government to understand the burden placed on contractors (and Government proposal evaluators!) with every supporting detail they request in the RFP.
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If you need help with the Government market, become a Skyway Connection Community licensee and get access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and contract-centric training resources that will make sure you’re ready to take advantage of opportunities each time they knock.
The Skyway Connection© Community was created specifically to help companies expand their knowledge and capabilities, and to increase their competitive position in federal government acquisitions. - Learn more at: https://skywayacquisition.com/connect
Membership benefits include:
Access to Skyway Insight© Webinars
Unlimited access to The RFP Score™
Access to Ask a Contracting Officer Forum™
Priority Access to Skyway Team for Skyway Insight, capture, proposal support

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 13 2016

31mins

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Rank #13: 236 - What is a Wrap Rate?

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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 provide a simplified overview of wrap rates including what cost components make up a labor billing rate and a walk-through of a sample calculation.  Learn why some cost components are able to be managed and how others are not negotiable.  

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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.  

Apr 28 2019

18mins

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Rank #14: 250 - FAR Part 12 - Time & Materials

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

Back in the "good old days" of acquisition reform, 20 plus years ago, FAR Part 12 was born with the intent of making it easier to buy commercial products.  Kevin and Paul discuss a helpful addition to FAR Part 12 that now allows the use of the Time and Materials contract type.  

Stay tuned: we're going to be changing the name of the podcast in the near future to better link the podcast topics to the members only content in the Skyway community.  The style, tone, and content will be the same.  We'll just have a fancy new name.  

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If you’ve enjoyed today’s episode the Contracting Officer 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 your government contracting business. So whether you are just getting your first subcontract, or you are a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will help you get to the next level.

With our extensive course library, weekly and monthly training, exclusive member only discounts, access and tools, and a supportive and active Community to help you along the way with feedback, encouragement and advice, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone looking to grow as a successful government contractor. Check it 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.  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 04 2019

19mins

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Rank #15: 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

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Rank #16: 110 What is CPARS? w/Shelly Hall

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
The Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) has been designated as the Federal Government-wide solution for collection of contractor performance information.
Paul discusses CPARS with special guest Shelley Hall. Learn how information is collected through CPARS and shared through other tools.
Past performance is evaluated in every Government source selection. Positive ratings are key to continued awards. Learn how to challenge inaccurate ratings and why it is important for both Government and Industry to ensure that CPARS contains factual and fair assessments of contractor performance.
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If you need help with the Government market, become a Skyway Connection Community licensee and get access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and contract-centric training resources that will make sure you’re ready to take advantage of opportunities each time they knock.
The Skyway Connection© Community was created specifically to help companies expand their knowledge and capabilities, and to increase their competitive position in federal government acquisitions. - Learn more at: https://skywayacq.com/connect
Membership benefits include:
Access to Skyway Insight© Webinars
Unlimited access to The RFP Score™
Access to Ask a Contracting Officer Forum™
Priority Access to Skyway Team for Skyway Insight, capture, proposal support

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 04 2016

31mins

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Rank #17: 165 Proposals - The First 4 Steps

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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 Vicki Strycharske to discuss the first 4 steps that Industry should take when an RFP is released by the Government.

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.

Dec 17 2017

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Rank #18: 129 ENCORE - What Are Simplified Aquisition Procedures?

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
This is an encore presentation of a topic that has made the news as our new President’s administration considers what can be done to streamline the Government’s acquisition processes. Simplified Acquisition Procedures!
How can the Government buy commercial items efficiently? Good question! One streamlined acquisition process has now become an official part of the FAR. (after years as a “test program”) FAR 13.5 describes Simplified Acquisition Procedures (SAP) which allow Contracting Officers to skip or greatly simplify the process for buying commercial items when certain criteria are met.
Kevin and Paul describe when and where SAP can be used and why it is important for both Government and Industry to understand and take advantage of this most useful FAR language.

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 16 2017

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Rank #19: 280 - Small Business Rules Update

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

The Small Business Administration issued a final rule that includes significant changes that impact small businesses overall and also large businesses who are required to commit to small business subcontracting goals.  

Listen and learn as Kevin and Paul discuss a subset of changes and why both Government and industry can benefit.  

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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.

Personal memberships start at just $20/month. 

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.

Mar 02 2020

20mins

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Rank #20: 235 - It's a Technicality

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

Government requests for proposals (RFPs) contain many explicit requirements.  They also include many "buried" requirements that, if not followed, result in non-compliance with the RFP instructions and potentially end a proposal's chance for award.   

Kevin and Paul discuss proposal compliance and why losing on a "technicality" is still losing.  Learn why 100% compliance is mandatory and why the Government may or may not kick a proposal out of the running for award based on minor compliance issues.

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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

Apr 22 2019

23mins

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298 - Incumbentitis - ENCORE

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Kevin and Paul describe the symptoms of a preventable disease that often infects the incumbent contractor during a recompete: the dreaded incumbentitis.  

Many recompetes are lost because the incumbent contractor becomes overconfident and fails to recognize changes that have occurred during the period of performance of their current contract.  Learn how to recognize the symptoms and how both government and industry can prevent incumbentitis from becoming a fatal infection.  
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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, the Skyway Community 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.

Jul 06 2020

25mins

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297 - What is a Letter Contract?

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

Letter contracts are a special type of contract that allow the Government to authorize a contractor to start work immediately when there isn't time to negotiate every detail of the contract in time to meet the requirement.  

Kevin and Paul discuss the letter contract process and the pitfalls that both government and industry can avoid through open communication and planning.  
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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, the Skyway Community 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.   

Jun 29 2020

26mins

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296 - What is a Contracting Officer? (Redux)

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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 describe the role and responsibilities of the Contracting Officer from a FAR perspective and a practical perspective.   Learn how Contracting Officers are appointed and why there can be different names for Contracting Officers depending on their role.  (yes...we've talked about this topic before, way back in Episode 7...this is a much needed update)
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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, the Skyway Community 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.   

Jun 22 2020

25mins

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Targeting Webinar June 19th @ 2:00 pm EST

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Jun 15 2020

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295 - Buried Treasure

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

When you're looking for buried treasure, it's helpful to have a map.  

GovCon presents you with a map to contract award - if you choose to use it.  

Kevin and Paul discuss how the government's acquisition plan is the map, and the key to a successful acquisition.  Listen and learn how both government and industry can use that map to openly communicate what the treasure is and how to find it. 
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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.   

Jun 15 2020

24mins

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294 - What is a “Competent” Contractor?

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

Contracting Officers must determine that a company is responsible before awarding a contract.  How does a small company that has never done business with the Government convince the Contracting Officer that they are responsible?  

Paul welcomes special guest (and Skyway contracting officer) Shelley Hall to discuss  Certificates of Competency. (FAR 19.601)  Small businesses may not be able to meet the FAR requirements for responsibility, this doesn't mean they can't perform, just that they haven't yet developed the history and expected documentation.   A Certificate of Competency is sort of a "blessing" from the Small Business Administration that allows these small businesses to get contract awards.  

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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.   

Jun 08 2020

20mins

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293 - Past Performance Advantage (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 Part 1 of our past performance series (Episode 267) we covered the factors the government uses in evaluating past performance and what they mean in context. Part 2 gets deeper into how past performance is used in the source selection process and Part 3 talks application of past performance.  

But what happens if you don't have any past performance?  Is there any chance of winning a Government contract?  Of course there is!  In the GovCon world, having no history of past performance doesn't count against you.  Sounds confusing?  Listen and learn as Kevin and Paul discuss why both Government and industry can leverage this unique situation for the benefit of 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.  

Jun 01 2020

13mins

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292 - ENCORE - No Change Please

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

Why can’t the Government just stick with their current services contractors or system developers?  Why do they always want to change?  Kevin and Paul discuss the differences between the business-to-business (B2B) market and the business-to-government (B2G) market.  Learn why the Government can’t always just continue to buy from the same source, even if they’re completely happy with current performance.   

This is a holiday encore presentation of an earlier episode.    

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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. 

May 25 2020

25mins

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291 - What is the Defense Production Act? What is a rated order?

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

The Defense Production Act (DPA) is in the news due to COVID-19.  You might also hear about rated contracts or rated orders.  Listen and learn as Kevin and Paul explain how the DPA and DPAS compel companies to produce and deliver the Government's requirements before producing or delivering on any other commitments.

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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.   

May 18 2020

23mins

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290 - Is This Classified?

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

The term "classified contract" is often misconstrued. Both Government and Industry need to understand the exact nature of any classified information prior to contract award and throughout contract execution.  

Listen and learn the differences in terminology, how they impact an acquisition (or active contract) and why the world of classified contracts can be confusing for all involved.   

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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.   

May 10 2020

25mins

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289 - GovCon Targeting (with Cameron and Amy from The Arbinger Institute)

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

We've discussed the importance of targeting many times on the podcast.  For a fresh take on what successful targeting looks like in practice, we invited Cameron Cozzens and Amy Sadeghzadeh from The Arbinger Institute (www.arbingerinstitute.com) to the podcast to share their experiences.  

Listen and learn as Kevin, Cameron, and Amy walk through real life examples of how a focus on targeting leads to better acquisition outcomes for both Government and Industry.

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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. 

May 04 2020

23mins

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288 - The Protest Window

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

There is no such thing as a late protest.  As you might expect, the rules around when a protest is allowed can be quite confusing.  

Kevin and Paul discuss the factors that impact whether a protest is timely and must be considered by the Government or not timely, and ignored.  
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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.   

Apr 27 2020

20mins

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287 - The Past Performance Advantage (Part 3)

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

In Part 1 of our past performance series (Episode 267) we covered the factors the government uses in evaluating past performance and what they mean in context. Part 2 gets deeper into how past performance is used in the source selection process.

Listen and learn as Kevin and Paul explore how the concepts discussed in Parts 1 and 2 are applied to your current acquisition. 

Past performance always matters, regardless of acquisition strategy. (well, almost always matters anyway) 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.

Apr 20 2020

29mins

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This Thursday - Kevin hosts GovCon Fundamentals Course

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Apr 13 2020

1min

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286 - ENCORE - Are Sole Source Contracts Easier?

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

Are Sole Source Awards Easier?  

In this encore presentation of a very early episode, Kevin and Paul debate a question from a Contracting Officer who took issue with a comment from a previous episode regarding sole source contracts and provided not only a great idea but encouragement to expand on the topic.  

Gain context around the decisions that need to be made before a sole source award is considered and learn the pros and cons of sole source awards, both before and after award.  

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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.

Apr 13 2020

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GovCon Fundamentals Course Starts April 16

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Kevin Jans leads this unique course designed for those who want to raise their understanding of GovCon from those who know it from both sides. Learn more at http://skywayacq.com/gcf

Apr 07 2020

1min

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285 - CARES Documentation

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

Document, document, document.  Kevin and Paul discuss the CARES Act.  Well, not the law itself, more the ambiguities within just one section.  Learn why you must document, document, document everything related to COVID-19 impacts and mitigations in order to increase your company's chances of receiving the benefits that the act intends.    

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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.   

Apr 05 2020

21mins

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GovCon Fundamentals Course Starts April 16

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Apr 01 2020

1min

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284 - Remote Contracting

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

In this update to Episode 239 Kevin and Paul talk working from home, or remote, or anywhere not in your regular office building.  Most of us are working from home for the time being.  Surprisingly, the FAR has little to say about that.  Don't worry though...rules and regulations are surely on the way.  Listen and learn why some challenges exist, why we're in a good position to conquer them, and how to turn the situation into something beneficial for 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.   

Mar 30 2020

31mins

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COVID-19 Open Forum discussion with our contracting officers

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We host Open Forums for our Skyway Community members to cover a variety of topics. The current focus is on navigating contracts in context of COVID-19.

Mar 23 2020

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Love this podcast!

By Fed CO - Feb 04 2020
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This podcast is an amazing learning tool! I recommend this podcast to everyone I work with.

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