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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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Fantastic Learning Tool!

By SaraLB1995 - Jul 17 2019
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As a 24 year old, I’m finding that years of experience in the Contracting world is imperative to dealing with certain situations when it comes to contracts. Because of my youth, I have become obsessed with using this podcast as a basis for learning contracting concepts that I otherwise would not learn until years later through “experience.” I love the connection each podcast makes to a FAR Clause and that it provides a real life problem to even further put it into perspective of the day to day life in Contracting. Keep up the great work, I always look forward to listening to new episodes and reviewing the old ones!

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

112 Ratings
Average Ratings
107
3
0
1
1

Fantastic Learning Tool!

By SaraLB1995 - Jul 17 2019
Read more
As a 24 year old, I’m finding that years of experience in the Contracting world is imperative to dealing with certain situations when it comes to contracts. Because of my youth, I have become obsessed with using this podcast as a basis for learning contracting concepts that I otherwise would not learn until years later through “experience.” I love the connection each podcast makes to a FAR Clause and that it provides a real life problem to even further put it into perspective of the day to day life in Contracting. Keep up the great work, I always look forward to listening to new episodes and reviewing the old ones!

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

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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: 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
28 mins
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Rank #2: 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
19 mins
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Rank #3: 251- How Do I Find The Decision Maker?

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

The question was "How do I get to the decision maker?".  Before we can answer that one we have to ask (and answer) a few other questions.

Kevin and Paul discuss the questions that have to be covered before "getting to the decision maker": what decisions have to be made? when are they made? who can influence the decision?    

Learn how to shape decisions in your favor and why open communication about decision making can ease the acquisition process.  

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 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 business with government contracts. We speak GovCon.

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

With our extensive course library, monthly training, exclusive member discounts, access to tools and supportive and active peers to help you along the way, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone looking to thrive as a 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 11 2019
17 mins
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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
20 mins
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Rank #5: 249 - What is Price to Win? with Michael McNulty

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

Price to win? Why would anyone price to lose? 

Paul discusses the purpose of and methodology behind Price-to-Win (PTW) with Michael McNulty of McNulty  & Associates.  mcnultyinc.com  Learn how PTW is accomplished, what information it provides to decision-makers, and how it can benefit any competitive bid.

McNulty & Associates is veteran-owned small business founded in 2003.  They provide custom PTW analysis and related competitive research services to leading government and defense firms, including 9 of the top 10 on Washington Technology’s Top 100 ranking and 15 of the top 20! 

Also a quick head's up: we're going to be changing the name of the podcast in the near future to better reflect our topics and audience.  Stay tuned! 

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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. 

Jul 29 2019
37 mins
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Rank #6: 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
21 mins
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Rank #7: 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
21 mins
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Rank #8: 192 Forward Pricing 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 return to their conversation about different types of rates in the Government acquisition and contracting world. Episode 183 began the discussion with Provisional Billing Rates. Today’s topic is Forward Pricing Rates.
Learn the differences between a Forward Pricing Rate Proposal (FPRP), Forward Pricing Rate Recommendation (FPRR), and Forward Pricing Rate Agreement (FRPA). You’ll also gain a better understanding of why rates are a moving target and why both Government and Industry benefit from the accurate estimation of future rates.

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.

Jun 24 2018
23 mins
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Rank #9: 091 What is Full and Open Competition?

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

Full and Open competition is the Government’s way of saying that all companies can compete. Many competitions are set aside for small businesses only or have other restrictions on who can compete. Full and open competition gives any responsible company a chance to win.

Kevin and Paul discuss why it is important for both Government and Industry to understand when and why full and open competition is appropriate. In addition, learn why the Government’s acquisition planning and Industry’s targeting and shaping activities should begin by addressing whether or not full and open competition is the most beneficial acquisition strategy.

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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 08 2016
19 mins
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Rank #10: 237 - Accounting by CLIN

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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 return to CLINs to dig deeper into the Contracting Officer's responsibilities regarding CLIN structure.  Learn how "CLIN proliferation" impacts the acquisition and execution process and when new CLINs should be created.   

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This episode is brought to you by bidprotestinsurance.com.  Protect your company from the financial risks created by a bid protest with bid protest insurance. 

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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.   

May 05 2019
23 mins
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Rank #11: 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
19 mins
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Rank #12: 228 - The Christian Doctrine

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

Imagine reading your contract closely to determine how to approach a potential issue, only to find out that you are held to the requirements of a clause that isn't written into the contract.  Kevin and Paul discuss the Christian Doctrine, which holds that mandatory clauses that express a significant or “deeply ingrained strand of public procurement policy” will be considered to be in the contract by operation of law, even if they are omitted.

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This episode is brought to you by bidprotestinsurance.com.  Protect your company from the financial risks created by a bid protest with bid protest insurance.  

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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 03 2019
21 mins
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Rank #13: 214 - Cost Vs. Price w/Wendy

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

Do the words cost and price mean the same thing to you?  In most of your life the answer is probably yes.  In the business world (and Government acquisition world) they are quite different.  Confusing the two can cause real problems.

In this encore presentation of an early episode, Paul discusses the important distinction between cost and price with regular guest Wendy Frieman.  Learn the general elements of “cost”, the complexity of cost estimation, and why  pricing is more than just building up the costs.       

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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.   

Nov 26 2018
23 mins
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Rank #14: 234 - Who Are You?

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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 common question "when should I contact the Contracting Officer during the acquisition process?".  Learn the most effective times for different parties from both government and industry to get to know each other and why untargeted communications can be counterproductive.  

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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 14 2019
21 mins
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Rank #15: 001 Why We Created the CO Podcast

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Contracting officers need help. They are awash in information (and data), but are starving for insights on the contractors’ perspective. Since leaving our contracting officers positions, we see how some of our actions as COs, while well-intended, impacted companies in ways we did not know. We wish we knew then what we know now. We also created this podcast to offer COs some insights on the contractors’ perspective.
Nov 23 2014
12 mins
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Rank #16: 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
18 mins
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Rank #17: 082 Which Clauses Belong in my Contract?

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)
How does a Contracting Officer decide which clauses are included in a contract? Does Industry have a choice in which clauses are in a contract? What does incorporated by reference mean? Listen and learn…
Kevin and Paul discuss the process of clause selection and the reasons why Government contracts are so dense. Learn why some clauses are mandatory and some are optional, as well as the reasons why it is important for both sides to understand the difference.
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If you need help with the Government market, join the Skyway Connection Community 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.

Jun 05 2016
25 mins
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Rank #18: 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
26 mins
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Rank #19: 088 What is an Acquisition Plan?

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) We’re here to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.
What is an Acquisition Plan? The Government team is required to document their plan for acquiring goods and services. The plan can be simple for small, low dollar acquisitions but can grow to a massive document requiring high-level approvals for major system buys.
Kevin and Paul discuss FAR 7.1 and provide an overview of acquisition plans. Learn why it is important for both sides to understand the plan and how improved communications can result in more successful program execution.
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If you need help with the Government market, join the Skyway Connection Community 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.

Jul 10 2016
33 mins
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Rank #20: 085 3 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Contracting Officer with special guest Floyd Smith

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If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) We’re here to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks.
Another installment of our continuing series of interviews with former Government Contracting Officers who share their personal “3 things I wish I had known when I worked for the Government”. Meet Floyd Smith, a friend of Kevin’s who is a retired Army Officer and former Contracting Officer who also worked at the Defense Contract Management Agency. Floyd retired in 2009 and now works on the Industry side of the Government acquisition world.
Kevin sat down with Floyd to learn Floyd’s unique perspective on the gulf in understanding that often exists between Government and Industry acquisition professionals.
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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 27 2016
29 mins
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