How to Use Liquidated Damages in Your Procurement

Procurement professionals should consider including remedies into their solicitation documents if there is a contract breach.  While contract termination is an effective remedy, it may not be appropriate in all circumstances. For example, an agency may determine that the most suitable remedy for excessive unscheduled downtime is to impose liquidated damages that require the Awarded

By |2019-07-08T15:23:11+00:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Develop RFP, Legal|0 Comments

Non-Technical Guide to Including FedRAMP Requirements

Most agencies have a cloud policy and require FedRAMP for cloud technologies that store, process, or transmit federal information. So how do you account for FedRAMP requirements in your procurement? I made this guide with all the information you need to understand the highlights including examples for your acquisition document. The following article draws much

By |2019-07-12T00:47:27+00:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Develop RFP, Security|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Reduce Operational Risks with a Business Continuity Plan

Business continuity is an organization’s ability to continue to perform business operations during a time of an emergency, disaster, or unplanned incident. Organizations are exposed to numerous risks including fires, floods, weather-related events, network outages, and cyber attacks that threaten to that take critical systems offline. Managing these risks by developing a business continuity plan (BCP)

By |2019-08-04T15:59:12+00:00May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Develop RFP, Risk|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Understanding Your Vendor’s Software Architecture

When building a system or buying a COTS solution, it is critical to ensure that the underlying system architecture will support the intended mission both now and into the future. How can you be certain that the vendor's proposed architecture will meet your Organization's needs? After all, the right choice will lead to a

By |2019-07-24T02:01:20+00:00May 15th, 2019|Categories: Develop RFP|Tags: , |0 Comments

Clarify Data Ownership and Acceptable Use in the Cloud

Most agencies these days have a "cloud first" policy, resulting in the migration of mission critical applications and data to the cloud. Many of these applications manage sensitive information such as Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Protected Health Information (PHI). When an agency decides to procure a cloud-based solution, they are essentially taking their

By |2019-07-21T13:43:15+00:00May 5th, 2019|Categories: Data, Develop RFP|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Use a product roadmap to gauge alignment with your vendor

Let’s assume you are about to spend millions of dollars on a COTS package or a custom-built application. Large scale software acquisition frequently creates a multi-year relationship with a vendor. Your organization, at the end of your acquisition processes, will select the vendor that best meets your requirements today. Before you spend the money, how

By |2019-07-17T22:14:08+00:00May 4th, 2019|Categories: Develop RFP, Strategy|Tags: , , , |0 Comments