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The latest insights for government contracting success, GSA Schedule assistance, & IT Manufacturer support.

Leslie Crowley

Leslie Crowley is a Lead Account Manager for Winvale’s Public Sector Technology department where she manages partner accounts under Winvale’s GSA MAS Large Category F contract. Leslie has vast experience building new business, securing customer loyalty, and forging strong relationships with external business partners.

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Government Business Development | Government

Why Do Government Solicitations Request Past Performance from Contractors?

By: Leslie Crowley
December 9th, 2022

Past performance is a crucial component for evaluating and awarding contracts. If a contractor does not have a satisfactory record, they may not be able to perform to the expected level to complete the work type and scope. As a GSA Schedule contractor, what do you need to do to prepare for the past performance requirements? Let’s review what past performance is, why it’s important to government agencies, and how you can be ready for your next solicitation.

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Understanding Requests for Information (RFIs): What they Mean for GSA Contractors

By: Leslie Crowley
October 17th, 2022

If you are a vendor and looking to do business with the government, how do you get started? One way is to pay close attention to budding opportunities. When a Request for Information (RFI) is released, it’s an indication that the government is conducting market research. RFIs are a great opportunity for you to get your foot in the door before a potential Request for Proposal (RFP) is shaped, and to make sure government agencies are familiar with your name and capabilities. In this blog, we’ll cover why the government issues RFIs, what RFIs can look like, and how they are useful for contractors.

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Top 10 Reasons to Get on the GSA Schedule

Top 10 Reasons to Get on the GSA Schedule

Do you know what the real benefits of being on the GSA Schedule are? Learn the top 10 reasons (and advantages) why you should consider it.

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Government

What GSA Contractors Need to Know About the Buy American Act (BAA)

By: Leslie Crowley
April 15th, 2022

The push to favor the purchase of domestic items over foreign materials and products dates back to the early 1930s when the Buy American Act (BAA) was established. Since then, presidential administrations from both parties have worked to strengthen and revise the act. The BAA is an important piece of legislation for GSA contractors because it directly applies to the purchasing habits of federal agencies. The BAA is becoming increasingly more timely because the Biden Administration is working to implement a Final Rule on October 25, 2022, that would increase the percentage of materials that must be purchased domestically. So, what exactly is the BAA and how is it changing? We’ll cover what you need know about the BAA:

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Government Business Development | Government

How Do Government Agencies Perform Market Research?

By: Leslie Crowley
January 18th, 2022

As you may be aware, government agencies cannot make decisions on a whim. There are several rules, regulations, precedents, and processes that are put in place, so each decision is made carefully and methodically. This is especially true for federal procurement. Whenever a government agency has the need for a particular product or service, they often conduct market research to make sure they are surveying all the possibilities and finding the one that works the best for them. This doesn’t always mean the cheapest or the fastest, but these can be factors in determining what the best value is.

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Government | Technology

CMMC: What Contractors Should Know

By: Leslie Crowley
July 28th, 2021

Since the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) was first announced in 2020, it has undergone several changes. As the Department of Defense (DoD) and other government agencies look to deploy CMMC within government contracting, they will continue to adapt the verification method so it’s more effective.

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Technology | Resources and Insight

DFARS 101

By: Leslie Crowley
July 6th, 2021

You might have heard the term “DFARS” come up a lot recently, especially with the federal government's initiatives to heighten cybersecurity and defense measures. But what is DFARS and how does it relate to GSA contractors? You’ll find it’s a very important set of regulations for you to follow and understand. DFARS stands for Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement. It’s managed by the Department of Defense (DoD) to supplement the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). The defense supplement was launched to as a government effort to guard national security concerns from cybersecurity attacks.

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