Posts By Tracey Wright

How to Keep Incremental Funding from Dragging Your Program over the Fiscal Cliff

By John Coombs, CFCM, Fellow During this period of fiscal uncertainty, characterized by continuing resolutions and the approaching “Fiscal Cliff,” many may turn to incremental funding as a means to manage scarce and unpredictable resources. Incremental contract funding is a useful financial tool because it forces the government to closely monitor costs. However, if notRead… Read more »

Making Performance Based Service Acquisition Work for You

By Donald Freedman, Senior Fellow, DoD DAWIA III, PMP Professional sports have successfully used Performance Based Contracting. Baseball players get bonuses for such things as making the all-star team, or winning so many games as a pitcher. Football players sometimes have a contract bonus tied to the number of offensive or defensive plays in whichRead… Read more »

Program Management in an Era of Tight Budgets – How Strategic Sourcing Could Loosen the Squeeze

By Tom Kuhn, PhD and Fellow, DAWIA III from Integrity Matters blog For a better part of twelve years the federal budget has been pretty ample and programs were free to operate in a much more flexible environment. “Supplemental” allotments of funding were in large supply at the Department of Defense (DoD). Then the faucetRead… Read more »

Take the Acquisition Program Assessment Plunge!

By Michael Ipsaro, PMP, CCE/A from Integrity Matters blog How a deep dive review can lead you to program gold. Routine monitoring of your acquisition program is important but is it enough to prevent problems that could damage your mission? Conducting a program assessment can reveal insights on a program’s health that will not onlyRead… Read more »

Can a Basic Agreement Improve Supplier Relationships and Save Your Agency Money?

Watching the World Series, my colleague John Coombs, CFCM and Fellow, was struck with a baseball analogy to explain the power of the little-used Basic Agreement. He writes: What if Giant Gregor Blanco’s Game-Two bunt trickled to a stop but there was no base line to indicate if the ball stayed fair? How could BlueRead… Read more »

Top Career Advice for Government Contracting Professionals – Get Certified!

My colleague Kevin Drummond, a Senior Acquisition Analyst, was asked to come up with his top career advice for yesterday’s Career Fair panel at the NCMA Government Contracts Management Conference. Here’s what he wrote in our Integrity Matters blog. Do you agree? I have many friends and colleagues in the Federal Government and the industryRead… Read more »