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Double Talk and P.L. 109-461

We are a wake up from the 8th Annual National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo in Detroit.  While I am admittedly excited about attending the conference again this year, I am also not interested in more “double talk” from the very organization that is, because we are. 

My American Heritage Dictionary defines “double talk” as ambiguous or evasive language.  In the case of the VA’s position on P.L. 109-461, our use of the phrase “double talk” is most appropriate.  For those of us new to Government Contracting, P. L. 109-461 is the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, which gives priority in contracting with the VA to SDVOSBs and VOSBs.

Michael Franks, the Grammy award winning lyrical genius describes “Double Talk” like this.  Every time I asked you to be truthful you lied | And when I lost my temper you cried | Crocodile tears and spoke double talk | It’s the same old alibis and stories again | All you ever give me is double talk.  You’re so jive – sometimes I think your brain was mislaid | You’ve broken every promise you made | You ought to see a doctor for double talk.   

If the very organization that is, because we are refuses to honor and obey P.L. 109-461 and makes it increasingly difficult to get our businesses verified, how are we to compete successfully for contract awards?  Hundreds, if not thousands of Veterans are losing business and many others have gone out of business because of the ineptitude in which the VIP program is managed and administered.  There has to be a better solution.  What are your thoughts?

 

See you on the high ground!  

 

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Deliverables from the National Veterans Conference

This time next week, many of us will be preparing to leave home en route to Detroit, others of us will already be there.  We’ve waited a full year for the National Veterans Conference and its almost here again!  Can you feel the excitement and the anticipation?  I’m ready to get started, how about you?

I’ve heard some people describe their attendance of the National Veterans Conference as old school week, a class reunion of sorts.  There is little doubt that many old friendships will be renewed and comrades from duty assignments long past will appear in the sea of conventioneers attending the conference next week.  I’m equally confident that many war and sports stories will also be told and retold during the week.

While everything just described can be wonderfully enjoyable experiences, they are not among the primary reasons we’ve chosen to once again attend the National Veterans Conference.  There are serious business issues that must be addressed and worked out so Veterans with Veteran-Owned Small Businesses can have resolution as we leave Detroit, go back home and continue to build and grow our businesses.

Among the top issues conveyed to me are; 1. The VA’s unwillingness to honor and support PL 109-461, the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, which gives priority to VOSBs in contracting with the VA, 2.  The seeming inability to register in the VIP database in a reasonable period of time and 3. The amount and type information requested for registration and verification.  The current process appears to be very subjective.

What are the Deliverables from the National Veterans Conference?  Let us know your thoughts.

 

See you on the high ground!

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The Shortcuts to Government Contracting

Part of my training and staff development in the U.S. Army included the Army Writing Style.  The Army Writing Style stressed B.L.U.F. That stands for, “bottom line up front.”  So, here goes – there are no shortcuts to Government Contracting!  Yeah, I know, the title appears to suggest there are shortcuts, but the reality is, there aren’t any.  I haven’t found any.  None of the smart people I know have found any.  There is only the process.

We have discussed the process many times over the past couple of years.  Our discussion of the process has not always been about Government Contracting.  Sometimes, the discussions have been about everyday tasks and how we can identify a process that lead to the successful accomplishment of those tasks.  One example was about cutting the lawn, while another was about kitchen renovations.

As you become more seasoned and better established as a Government Contractor, opportunities will begin to find you.  Until then, the best that you can reasonably expect is to have a fair and equal opportunity to compete for and win work.

To help ensure you win your fair share of bid opportunities, you have to read EVERY word of the solicitation, (several times) then, ensure you address every question or concern in the solicitation, dot every “I” and cross every “T” in your proposal.  Do yourself a favor; forget your quest to find shortcuts and just focus on doing your very best job on every solicitation and every contract award.

 

See you on the high ground!

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What’s on your Career “Bucket List?”

Most, if not all of us saw the Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman movie, “The Bucket List.”  Also, most of us took to heart the movie’s message of being intentional about what you want in life and going for it.  The movie also reminded us that life is precious, that life is fragile and that life is way, way too short!

In the movie Jack and Morgan’s characters become best buds and traveled the world together, living life to the full and scratching off items on their Bucket List.  I admit their Bucket List had some way cool things to do on it.  Some I’ve done and seen, thanks to the international travel and tourism agency we once worked for.  Anyway, I was thinking, what happens if we take that concept just one step further and create our Career Bucket List?

At the end of the day, what do you want your career to look like?  What major milestones do you want to have completed?  What promotions or levels of success or increased responsibility do you want to have attained?  How many jobs for Veterans do you want to have created?  How many families do you want to have saved from financial hardship, all because you were able to scratch off lines from your Career Bucket List? 

What’s on your Career Bucket List?

 

See you on the high ground!

      

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