Posts By Ilene Giles

Government Contracts- 5 Benefits of Having One

Currently over 5 million contractors have obtained government contracts ending Fiscal Year 2011. A government contract is not made for every company but if you build a realistic view of managing your contract there may be a great benefit. Here are five benefits of having a government contract: Stability– Maintaining compliance with the terms andRead… Read more »

4 Small Business Set Asides That Should Interest You

Small businesses in the federal government have procurements specifically set-aside for contract award. For a procurement to be set aside the Contracting Officer needs to have an expectation that at least two responsible small businesses will respond with an offer and the prices quoted are reasonable. According to size standards set forth in the SmallRead… Read more »

Using Sources Sought As A Marketing Tool

The government has many ways to perform market research, as described in FAR Part 10. One way is to issue a sources sought. Issuing a notice saves the government valuable time of reviewing sources to fulfill a requirement, it also ensures: Access to the market’s capability Determine acquisition strategy Assist with small business goal attainmentRead… Read more »

6 Contractor Responsibilities Post Award

Your GSA contract has been awarded and now you can relax right? Sorry to disappoint you but the answer is no, you still have more work to do. Hopefully you have had contact or least know your point of contact (Contract Specialist) if you have questions about your contract, if not it is best thatRead… Read more »

Top 5 Government Contract Websites

There are so many government contract opportunities that get passed by because many believe that there is one central website that caters to contract business. Federal Business Opportunities is the most popular site that receives a large portion of online traffic, But wait! I have good news many government agencies post opportunities internally as wellRead… Read more »

What is FedBizOpps and How Do I Utilize It

A largely known website for federal procurement opportunities is Federal Business Opportunities, it can be located at This site has government contract opportunities greater than $25,000. There are several ways to utilize this site and search for potential government contract work. Within the search engine of this website you may use anyone of theseRead… Read more »

4 Core Regulations You Should Know

With any contract there are always rules and regulations and to have a contract with the federal government you need to adhere to the rules and regulations of the specific agency of your interest, in addition to the regulations of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). The FAR governs all federal contracts in the acquisition process.Read… Read more »

Post Award Blues

There is a terrible misconception that once a vendor obtains a government contract money will somehow come rolling in… FALSE. The time consuming process of obtaining the contract is not the hard the work, it is the post award process. To generate revenue for your business you need to have a strategy prior to obtainingRead… Read more »