Inside the July 2013 issue...
Seeing Excellence: Learning From Great Procurement Teams
Look around you. Learn from colleagues whose stories demonstrate the essential elements of effective project and quality management.
By: Richard Pennington
Preparing for the "Big Test": Using Internal Reviews to Ensure Purchasing System Success
A concise roadmap for the implementation of an internal review process, with strategies and tips for using internal review results to dramatically improve purchasing system output and obtain system approval during government review.
By: Mark Hijar
9 Steps for Avoiding an Ethical Disaster During Sequestration
Follow these nine recommendations in order to avoid ethical violations due to contract reductions brought about by the sequester.
By: Eric R. Feldman
The Two Most Important Questions About Your Contract, Part 2 of 2
There are two simple, yet critically important questions that reveal a great deal about how a contract is being managed: 1) "What exactly is the contract?" and 2) "How do you know when it's done?"
By: Tom Reid
Mythbusting: Communication With Industry
The myth that industry days are of low value is well overdue for "busting." PEO STRI's monthly PALT industry days provide industry representatives with the status of programs, ongoing procurements, and the distinct opportunity to request updates on specific procurements. Now, more than ever, enhancing communication through events like these is absolutely vital.
By: Jeffrey D. Claar
Bigger, Better, Faster: Our Chat With Thomas A. Sharpe Jr.
In May 2013, NCMA Executive Director Michael Fischetti sat down with Thomas Sharpe, CPCM, Fellow, commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), to discuss FAS' major initiatives in the current austere federal government contracting environment.
By: Ryan Burke
Nondevelopmental Item Procurements: Achieving Results Through Design Re-Use
An analysis of NDI procurements, which allow government entities to use existing products to fulfill new technical requirements in order to maximize the efficient use of resources.
By: David Cooley and Amanda Fales
Enhanced Due Diligence to Reduce Risk: A Powerful Government Contracting Tool for Extraordinary Times
An examination of the factors affecting contractors' financial and operational viability, as well as a discussion on how to determine the potential impact of these factors on procurements.
By: Josh Rosenbaum, Avi Schwartz, and Steven Cady
Contract Managers in the Executive Suite: Achieving Mission-Critical Program Success
Achieving successful mission-critical program results springs from superb government and industry teamwork. Contract managers in the executive suite who are skilled in the art of achieving win-win business deals are critical for accomplishing mission-critical program success.
By: John Dobriansky
The "Primary Colors" of Leadership: Our Chat With Dr. David Pendleton, Part 2 of 2
In March 2013, NCMA Chief Learning Officer Alan J. Boykin sat down with Dr. David Pendleton, a psychologist specializing in leadership, to discuss the ins and outs of leadership in today's business environment.
By: Ryan Burke
Timing is Everything, and So is Where and What You File
By: Jack Horan and Katherine M. John