How to Best Leverage Proposal Schedule and Cost Estimate at Contract Award

Have you thought about the process you follow immediately after contract award? Are the project teams assigned to a new project using the proposal schedule, cost estimate, and basis of estimate (BOE) data to their full advantage? With the right process and tool-sets in place, including proposal and project cost management software, you can get through the initiating and planning phases easier and faster – and increase the quality of the schedule and budget data.

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Construction Bidding Software: 3 Features that Estimators Need to Save Time

1) Takeoff template library Many contractors comb through paper blueprints and count each outlet box, run of wire and switch by hand. This time-consuming manual takeoff method increases the chances of missing items, which lowers profitability, and/or doubling items, which increases your final bid and could cost you the job. One way to spend less time completing a takeoff is to choosing a construction bidding software equipped with a sophisticated Takeoff Template Library. Estimating teams can use built-in catalogs of common construction assemblies and build repeatable, customized assemblies to speed up the takeoff process and eliminate errors.  

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How to Best Meet DCAA Compliance Requirements

The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) performs all contract audits for the Department of Defense (DoD). This audit includes Estimating System Reviews (ESRs). Even though ESRs aim to improve the accuracy and reliability of government contract proposals, going through one is tedious and nerve-wracking. And failure leads to some steep consequences: Your future proposals are scrutinized more. The proposal negotiation process takes longer to complete Governmental agencies will second-guess the accuracy and reliability of your future proposals. Your name is entered into the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) You may not get 5% of your progress and performance-based payments Now that we have your attention, let’s talk about ways to avoid all these penalties. **Spoiler Alert** If you commit to documenting everything, training and managing personnel properly, and following through with system improvements, you will meet all DCAA compliance requirements.

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5 Ways to Fail at Writing Government Contract Proposals

“I want to submit a mediocre, error-prone, non-compliant proposal for this government contract job.” Said no one ever.  Yet, many professionals in our industry do this every day—not because they want to, but because they may not have the right tools, experience, or resources to write successful ones. If you aspire to do contractual work, learning how to write a great proposal is a must. And like anything else in life, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Here are five things you should never do when writing a proposal.

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