Featured Guest | Molly Siems

What is your best advice to solve the biggest problem in your industry? Break it down into smaller parts, and solve one piece of the problem. I’ve been working at tech startups for seven years now, and one thing I’ve learned is not to “boil the ocean,” taking on too much at once. Big problems are big […]

DCAA Trends for 2019

After attending a seminar on DCAA Updates provided by one of the local DCAA folks, I thought I’d save you the mediocre breakfast and dry presentation to reclaim an hour of your life.  You can thank me later. Incurred Costs Proposals DCAA has been under the gun for the past few years to catch up […]

8(a)s and the Clock

There are many programs geared towards helping small businesses participate in the federal contracting industry.  The 8(a) program is designed for socio-economically disadvantaged folks to get their foot in the door. There are rules that are well covered by the SBA, but a key component is the non-negotaitable 9-year clock on the certification, regardless of […]

CMS-PEO Pricing Synopsis

Pricing Alert – The massive HHS/CMS PEO RFP is out! Are you prepared to tackle the complex pricing requirements?  It might seem straight forward at first glance, but read our detailed Pricing Synopsis to look out for some challenges and pitfalls to avoid. Abstract:  This 10 year $2B IDIQ contract has two task orders along with the […]

BOOST Featured Guest | SC&H Group

At BOOST LLC we are lucky to rub elbows with some pretty smart people and businesses. So much so, that we’re going to share them with you! Periodically we’ll feature a govcon guest/business alongside their thoughts and hot-takes relevant to their industry. FEATURED GUEST:  Pete Ragone, SC&H Group What is your best advice to solve […]

Lucky or Good?

As we head into the second half of the government fiscal year, do you find yourself looking at contractors who are on a winning streak and asking, “why do they keep winning?”  What is the secret sauce?  They don’t (at least from an outsider’s perspective) seem to be doing anything differently.  Their service offerings aren’t […]

March Madness in Federal Government

So much for our brackets (okay, Va Tech was a long shot, but what the heck UVA?), we’re extending our musings on a few bouts of madness that we’ve observed this year within the government. Budget – Everything about it is broken. Everything. The Continuing Resolutions. The riders for pet projects. The need to “use or lose” all the funding. […]

Shutdown Screws Small GovCons

I normally never write about politics, recognizing that half of my network leans one way, while the other half leans the other.  I tend to live by the “no politics or religion” in public domain, school of thought.  But this latest shutdown has me completely livid over its stupidity and its potential impact on the […]

Leading Your Troops

Much has been written about management versus leadership.  There are many overly shared images about what characteristic leaders have versus those who are considered ‘just’ being a boss. Many books have been written on the subject yet we still find an abundance of poor leadership. But what does it mean to be a leader in […]

Back At It

With another swampy DC summer under our belts, we start to move into fall, which is generally a pretty busy time for federal contractors. As we squeeze out the last two weeks before Labor Day, a few things to keep in mind. Proposal Season is Complete – are you ready to execute? Most of the end […]