Acquisition Services

Solutions specializes in strategic and operational acquisition and assistance support services to federal agencies. Our seasoned experts have decades of acquisition and assistance experience and bring practical understanding to assist acquisition offices in achieving their strategic objectives and supporting their program customers.

Strategic Acquisition Assessments and Studies

Solutions offers highly respected, senior-level acquisition and management experts from the highest ranks of OMB and federal agencies. Our team has unparalleled insight and knowledge of current procurement policies, best practices and political dynamics. We assist agencies in developing efficient and effective acquisition organizations, staffing, policies and procedures, based on our in-depth knowledge and practical experience. Solutions expertise includes contract file reviews and compliance assessments.

Solutions understands that the effectiveness of an agency’s procurement operations depends directly on the competency and adequacy of its acquisition workforce. We have extensive knowledge and experience with the complex issues affecting the acquisition workforce, and have developed and apply specialized tools and models to assist agencies in conducting meaningful studies and analyses. We apply rigorous analyses to determine the skill sets and numbers needed for an acquisition office to successfully plan, award and administer contracts that enable the agency to meet its mission. In 2008, Solutions developed the Workload Comparability Model (WCM™) to estimate the appropriate number of needed contracting staff for an office, agency, or department.

Operational Acquisition and Assistance Support

For over a decade, Solutions has served as a bridge between the program office and the acquisition office to facilitate the timely and compliant development of requisition and solicitation packages. Solutions has supported all types of actions such as complex cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts, GSA Schedule buys, and grants and cooperative agreements. For performance-based acquisitions, many agencies have used Solutions’ expertise to develop appropriate performance standards, practical measures, and meaningful incentives/disincentives to encourage excellent support services. Solutions also serves as a complement to Contracting Officers in providing the full range of acquisition and assistance support services to program offices. Our seasoned experts have decades of acquisition and assistance experience and bring practical understanding of how to plan and execute effective acquisition and assistance strategies that achieve agency objectives. Solutions can support individual, high visibility actions or provide full-time dedicated staff to provide surge and longer-term support. 

Solutions’ services include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-Solicitation Support (requirements definition, market research, acquisition planning, requisition package preparation)
  • Solicitation and Source Selection Support (solicitation development, proposal compliance reviews, cost/price analysis, Technical Evaluation Committee support, negotiations and debriefs)
  • Post-Award Support (monitoring contractor performance, processing award modifications and approvals and supporting program offices in project management)

Training

Solutions designs and delivers customized trainings to meet our clients’ needs. Our courses provide interactive, hands-on training that incorporate best practices, relevant examples, application exercises and templates. Courses are designed and delivered by Solutions’ senior experts, who provide practical guidance and useful insights, and real world anecdotes from decades of government and industry experience.

Solutions has developed customized trainings in the following areas:

  • Acquisition Essentials
  • Performance Work Statement (PWS) Development
  • Federal Acquisition: An Orientation for Federal Executives
  • Contract Types
  • Cost Analysis
  • Critical Thinking
  • Price Analysis
  • Source Selection FAR Part 15
  • Source Selection Non-FAR Part 15
  • Technical Evaluation Teams
  • Administering and Monitoring PBA Contracts
  • Administration of Service Contracts

Courses can be tailored to half-day, one-day, or longer training sessions.

Solutions’ trainings are designed to both complement and supplement both DAWIA and FAC-C course offerings. Certificates are provided at course completion for CLP credit.

In addition to contracting specialist trainings, Solutions offers training specifically targeted to Contracting Officer Representatives. COR trainings are designed to meet the essential competencies required for Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs) to form the foundation for the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform effectively as a COR.

International Procurement Support

Solutions assists foreign governments seeking to strengthen their financial and public procurement systems through assessments and recommendations that enable a country to develop balanced strategies to improve its governance for public benefit.

Solutions’ services to strengthen national capacities concerned with public procurement include:

  • Upgrading the legal, regulatory and institutional framework
  • Developing anti-corruption and ethics programs
  • Assessing procurement processes and procedures and making recommendations for improvement
  • Developing statements of work and evaluation criteria and other technical documents for competitive procurements
  • Preparing and reviewing procurement documents
  • Developing technical tools, templates, and materials
  • Training of procurement staff in public sector buying organizations
  • Assisting countries in preparing for and responding to Country Procurement Assessment Reviews
  • Translating international business culture
  • Market research and communications strategy for public service campaigns

Solutions offers a team of procurement experts who have extensive overseas experience and who speak a variety of foreign languages.