The PCI Network – Compliance, Suspension and Debarment

This episode of The PCI Network focuses on Suspension and Debarment. David Drabkin, Director and Faculty at PCI discusses, how to maintain compliance and avoid suspension and debarment. Mr. Drabkin is currently the Director of Acquisition Policy with Northrop Grumman Corporation. There he works with Congress, Executive Agencies and Industry Associations to evaluate and promulgate acquisition policy for Federal programs ensuring the interests of the Northrop Grumman are represented in the process.

The PCI Network – Three Keys to a Winning Proposal

The next episode of The PCI Network is all about putting together a winning proposal. Lou Chiarella, Director and Faculty at PCI, shares three tips to help you craft a winning proposal. Mr. Chiarella is an attorney in the Washington, D.C. area with 20 years of experience specializing in all aspects of Government contracting.  In addition to his current position, his previous experiences include: Professor of Contract and Fiscal Law, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville, Virginia; Chief of Administrative and Civil Law, Fort Carson, Colorado; and Trial Attorney, U.S. Army Contract Appeals Division, Arlington, Virginia.

The PCI Network – Character Traits for a Great Government Contracts Professional

In this episode of The PCI Network, the head of our FUN with the FAR series, Stephen Daoust, discusses the four traits of a great government contracts professional. Throughout his 25-year career, Steve has worked as a Chief Government Contracts Counsel, Director of Contracts, and Chief Compliance Officer for both publicly traded companies like Iridium and Affiliated Computer Services and large accounting firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was asked on a daily basis to provide expert advice and counsel on the negotiation and administration of contracts with federal, state, and local Governments. Check out what he has to say below!

The PCI Network – Ethics in Government Contracting

Understanding the difference between right and wrong isn’t always as easy as you may think. In the Federal Contracting industry, there are important ethical distinctions that can create confusion if you don’t know where to look. Join Fred Geldon, a PCI Director and Faculty, as he explains the importance of ethics in Government Contracting and how to minimize the confusion.

AFTERTHOUGHTS: PROPOSAL EVALUATIONS OF COST AND NON-COST FACTORS

Following each Professor’s Virtual class, we interview Professor Ralph Nash to get his thoughts on the topic following discussion.  On February 24th, 2016, Professor Ralph Nash and Tim Sullivan discussed proposal evaluations of cost and non-cost factors.   Background    Competitive procurements pursuant to FAR Part 15 gained notoriety and use after the enactment of the Competition in Contracting Act (“CICA”) in 1984.  Under competitively negotiated contract formation techniques, the Government prepares a solicitation, which contains a statement of work and contract terms, and requests potential offerors to propose a price and submit information on other designated evaluation factors.  Once proposals are submitted, the Government must evaluate the proposals and choose an awardee to perform to contract. Use of these competitive procedures raises concerns about … Continue reading

Federal News Radio: Myth No. 10: Solicitations are filled with boilerplate provisions that don’t need to be read carefully

Federal News Radio is republishing our Ten Myths of Government Contracting series, accompanied by an interview with the author, Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn, LLP. Below is the audio from the interview on Myth No: 10, “Solicitations are filled with boilerplate provisions that don’t need to be read carefully.” You can listen directly on the Federal News Radio website here.

Federal News Radio: Myth No. 9: Only the big guys succeed

Federal News Radio is republishing our Ten Myths of Government Contracting series, accompanied by an interview with the author, Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn, LLP. Below is the audio from the interview on Myth No: 9, “Only the big guys succeed.” You can listen directly on the Federal News Radio website here.

Federal News Radio: Myth No. 8: We can treat our federal customers the same way we treat our commercial clients

Federal News Radio is republishing our Ten Myths of Government Contracting series, accompanied by an interview with the author, Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn, LLP. Below is the audio from the interview on Myth No: 8, “We can treat our federal customers the same way we treat our commercial clients.” You can listen directly on the Federal News Radio website here.

Federal News Radio: Myth No. 7: Our proprietary information is safe with the government

Federal News Radio is republishing our Ten Myths of Government Contracting series, accompanied by an interview with the author, Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn, LLP. You find find Myth No. 7: “Our proprietary information in safe with the government,” on the Federal News Radio website here.  

Federal News Radio: Myth No. 6: We don’t have to market to agencies like we do in the commercial sector

Federal News Radio is republishing our Ten Myths of Government Contracting series, accompanied by an interview with the author, Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn, LLP. Below is the audio from the interview on Myth No: 6, “We don’t have to market to agencies like we do in the commercial sector.” If you’d like to listen directly on the Federal News Radio website, visit here.