U.S. Government Services Contracting: Tools, Techniques and Best Practices


U.S. Government Services Contracting: Tools, Techniques and Best Practices

By Gregory A. Garrett
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Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.
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The focus of this book is to serve as a practical and informative reference guide, for all of the business professionals in U.S. federal government agencies, government prime contractors, and subcontractors who are involved in U.S. government services contracting. This book is truly a comprehensive guide to planning and implementing the buying and selling of professional services to and for the U.S. government. Our hope is that you will find this text to be a valuable resource to explain and enlighten people about what it takes to effectively manage U.S. government services contracts.

This book provides a wide range of discussion on all aspects of the U.S. government services contracting buying and selling life-cycle, including: requirements determination, solicitation planning and preparation, opportunity and risk assessment, proposal development and evaluation, negotiations and contract formation, to contract administration and closeout. Plus, the book provides a wealth of proven effective tools, techniques, and best practices which are available and adaptable to help improve services contracts and related project performance results.

ISBN: 9780808025771
Pages: 347
SKU: 10028426-0001




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Chapter 1: US Government Services Contracting

Chapter 2: US Government Services Contracting--Buying and Selling Life Cycle

Chapter 3: Phase 1: Requirements Determination

Chapter 4: Phase 2: Solicitation Planning and Preparation

Chapter 5: Phase 3: Opportunity an Risk Assessment

Chapter 6: Phase 4: Proposal Development and Evaluation

Chapter 7: Phase 5: Negotiations and Contract Formation

Chapter 8: Phase 6: Contract Administration and Closeout

Chapter 9: Managing Service Contracts in the Department of Defense--Opportunities and Challenges

Chapter 10: Federal Research and Development Services Contracting

Appendix A: Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003, Section-by-Section Analysis

Appendix B: Performance-Based Services Acquisition, OFPP, 2003

Glossary of Key Terms




Gregory A. Garrett is a respected international educator, best-selling author, acclaimed business consultant, expert witness, and practicing industry leader. He has successfully led more than $35 Billion of high-technology contracts and projects during the past 30+ years. He has taught, consulted, and led contract and project teams in more than 40 countries. He has served as a lecturer for The George Washington University Law School and the School of Business and Public Management. He is the President and CEO, of Garrett Consulting Services International.

At Artel LLC, Mr. Garrett served as the Senior Vice President Operations, responsible for the P&L of a $250 Million global Information Technology, Cyber Security, Telecommunications, and Satellite Communications firm. He led the capture of over $1.5 Billion in new contracts and the doubling of company profits.

At Navigant Consulting, Mr. Garrett served as the Managing Director, Public Sector, responsible for the P&L of over $100 Million and leading a large team of top Information Technology and Financial Management consultants in providing a wide range of professional services to: more than 20 U.S. Federal Government agencies, to over 50 Fortune 500 companies, and expert witness services to numerous major law firms.

At Acquisition Solutions Inc., Mr. Garrett served as the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the P&L of a $50 Million professional services and consulting company which provided contract management, supply chain management, program management, cost estimating, and information technology services to over 30 U.S. Federal Government agencies.

At Lucent Technologies, Mr. Garrett served as Chief Compliance Officer, Vice President Business Development, Vice President, Program Management, North America, Wireless. He also served as Chairman, Lucent Technologies Project Management Leadership Council, representing more than 2,000 Lucent project managers globally, and Director, Global Program Management Office at the company headquarters supporting $20 Billion of Information Technology and Telecommunication projects worldwide.

At ESI International, Mr. Garrett served as Executive Director of Global Business for a $100 Million global consulting and training firm, where he led the sales, marketing, negotiation, and implementation of bid/proposal management, project management, commercial contracting, and government contract management training and consulting programs for numerous Fortune 100 multinational corporations, government agencies and small businesses worldwide, including: ABB, AT&T, BellSouth, Boeing, IBM, Inter-America Development Bank, Israel Aircraft Industries, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, NCR, NTT, Panama Canal Commission, SBC, United States Trade Development Agency, United Nations, and the United States Department of Defense.

Formerly, Mr. Garrett served as a highly decorated military officer for the United States Air Force, awarded more than 17 medals, badges, and citations. He completed his active duty career as the youngest Acquisition Action Officer, in the Colonel’s Group Headquarters USAF, the Pentagon. He was the youngest Division Chief and Professor of Contracting Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology where he taught advanced courses in contract administration and program management to more than 5,000 people from the Department of Defense and NASA. Previously, he was the youngest Procurement Contracting Officer for the USAF Aeronautical Systems Center, where he led more than 50 multi-million dollar negotiations and managed the contract administration of over $15 billion in contracts for major weapon systems. He served as a Program Manager at the Space Systems Center, where he managed a $300 million space communications project.

Mr. Garrett is a Certified Professional Supply Manager of the Institute for Supply Management. He is a Certified Project Management Professional of the Project Management Institute and has received the prestigious PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award and the David Cleland Project Management Literature Award. He is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager, and a Fellow of the National Contract Management Association. He has received the NCMA National Achievement Award, NCMA National Educational Award, the NCMA Charles Delaney Literature Award, and the NCMA Blanche Witte Memorial Award for outstanding service to the contract management profession.

A prolific author, Mr. Garrett is the best-selling and award winning author of 22 published business books, which have sold millions of copies worldwide. He has also authored more than 100 published articles on bid/proposal management, supply chain management, contract management, cost estimating and contract pricing, project management, and leadership.

Mr. Garrett resides in Oakton, Virginia with his wife Carolyn. He is the proud father of three children - Christopher, Scott, and Jennifer.

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