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Managing the Risks and Performance of Government Contracts and Grants

Posted by Brian Sperry on Fri, Oct 22, 2021 @ 12:13 PM

The administration of federal government awards starts with signing the contract by both parties, or the acceptance of a grant by a grantee. Government Contract Administration is the fulfilling of the requirements of a contract or grant and the avoidance of actions that are not permitted by the award. Knowing what these are is complex since federal awards refer to terms and conditions that can number in the hundreds. Some of these conditions have sentences so long that the subject, verbs, and object have to be singled out to make sense of all the modifiers in the sentence.  They also contain language and concepts that are rooted in history that is not obvious to first-time readers. So, it is generally good to find someone experienced in government contract management and administration to understand the background, the applications, and to explain some of the nuances. The contract administration discussion below is oriented to research and development contracts or procurement of technical systems for the federal government. This is in contrast to the procurement of commercially available supplies and construction contracts.

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Topics: government contract management, government contract administration, government contract management services, government contract manager responsibilities, Government Grant Manager responsibilities, risk management in government contracts


Contract Negotiations with the Federal Government

Posted by Brian Sperry on Wed, Jul 14, 2021 @ 11:42 AM

Preface: This blog is intended for companies that do not have extensive experience with Federal Government contracting. It is written for contracts.  Grants are not covered, as grant negotiations include different concepts to consider when going through the grant award process.

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Topics: government contract management, government contract negotiations, government contract negotiation process, government contract negotiation techniques


Introduction to Government Contract Management Part II - The Proposal

Posted by Russ Farmer on Thu, May 27, 2021 @ 09:20 AM

The Contract Management and Administration function is critical to the success of any government contractor, both large and small. The Contract Manager (“CM”) is responsible for “the business” aspect of the procurement effort from start to finish.

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Topics: government contract management, Preparing a Government Contract Cost Proposal, government contract management consulting, Preparing a government proposal, government contract management services, government contract manager responsibilities


Introduction to Government Contract Management - Part I: The RFP Review

Posted by Russ Farmer on Fri, May 07, 2021 @ 09:52 AM

The Contract Management and Administration function is critical to the success of any government contractor, both large and small. The Contract Manager (“CM”) is responsible for “the business” aspect of the procurement effort from start to finish.

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Topics: government contract management, DCAA Audits, government contract administration, government contract management consulting, outsourced government contract management, Government RFP Review Process, dcaa audit support


Government Contract Management Expertise is Critical in Unpredictable Times

Posted by Tyler Link on Tue, Feb 23, 2021 @ 03:46 PM

Keeping you up at night

Many questions can keep government contractors awake at night: "why am I losing money on this contract," “will I be able to deliver on time,” or “what happens if my contract is terminated?Read the Full Blog Here

Topics: government contract management, government contract administration


Accounting Firms are a Dime a Dozen...

Posted by Tyler Link on Thu, Apr 30, 2020 @ 11:30 AM

Between direct contract work, deadlines, compliance issues, and trying to stay afloat during a pandemic, contractors and grantees have enough on their plates just trying to keep the lights on. And sure, outsourcing certain functions can be an efficient way to save money and time (accounting is a prime example of this).  But, who you ultimately select to be a part of your team is more important than you realize.

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Topics: government contract management, DCAA Compliant Accounting


What do I do if My Contract is Terminated for Convenience?

Posted by Tyler Link on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 @ 09:42 AM

Many in the government contracting world will remember the Federal Government's "Super Committee" working to slash spending from the budget, and other Federal Agencies scrambling to identify ways to slash their own budgets back in 2011 - 2013. 

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Topics: government contract management, Termination for Convenience, dcma compliance, contract terminations, government contract terminations


Success in Government Contracting – It’s More Than Just Direct Work

Posted by Tyler Link on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 @ 11:20 AM

Most small business government contractors and grantees are understandably focused on things like their direct work, avoiding a DCAA audit, or just delivering product &/or CDRL’s.  Running a successful, growing business, on the other hand, is more than just your deliverables, or accounting and contract compliance.  It takes financial planning, strategic management of your rates, project performance monitoring, and several critical business and financial management skills that most small businesses—and their accounting firms—simply lack.

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Topics: government contracting, Outsourced CFO, government contract management, Indirect rates, DCAA Compliant Accounting