Much has been written and discussed over the past few weeks about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (RFP) No. VA118-15-R-0558 on November 19, 2014 for information technology (IT) services. In case you haven’t heard, the VA included language that prohibits consultants from participating in the task order phase of the RFP. Then the GAO recently upheld the VA’s language when it denied a protest challenging its intent.
As one of our APMP consultant members recently said, “Most of the time, BD consultants are brought in to help the SME’s better articulate the message so that the Government can better understand the solution and make it easier to pick the best solution provider. Intelligence and expertise does not mean the SMEs are great communicators/writers.” APMP believes that nothing could be truer than these words.
Our first meeting on Capitol Hill is next week with a Senior Counsel of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. We chose to start with this Committee because they have legislative and oversight jurisdiction over government and accounting measure, including procurement. We will be meeting with the point person on the Committee for procurement and acquisition related issues.
If you have a question or concern about this issue that you would like us to share with the Committee and their team, please send to me at firstname.lastname@example.org before 5:00 PM EDT on Friday April 24, 2015.
Know that APMP’s PIC is in this for the long haul and this is the first of many meetings on this topic we will schedule. We will report back to you on the progress in future APMP Exec Direct blogs.