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Proposal Evaluations October 5: Source Selection Authority and Award Types

October 5, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm



The Source Selection Authority (SSA) serves a role of vital importance to the procurement process.  It is the SSA who is ultimately responsible for selecting the source whose proposal represents the “best value” to the Government.  But what must an SSA do to ensure that proposals are properly evaluated?  How does an SSA determine which proposal represents the “best value”?  And what does it mean for an SSA to exercise “independent judgment”?  This virtual class is for both contractors and agencies that wish to have a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the SSA.

This virtual class will address:

  • Statutory and regulatory provisions affecting the SSA
  • The source of authority of the SSA
  • The duties and responsibilities of the SSA
  • The relationship between the SSA and the agency’s evaluators
  • What is meant by the SSA’s independent judgment
  • The Court of Federal Claims decision in Information Sciences Corp. v. U.S.
  • GAO’s decision in NOVA Corp.
  • What is an adequately-documented source selection decision
  • What is meant by “best value” and LPTA
  • How lowest-priced technically-acceptable procurements affect the role of the SSA

Topics & Dates

This Understanding the Proposal Evaluation Process Series is for both contractors and agencies who want, or need, to have a better understanding of the proposal evaluation process.  Each virtual class in the series will examine one common evaluation factor.  Each topic has been selected because it is often a significant, possibly deciding, factor in the ultimate award decision of many federal contract awards.

Before each session we will send out optional homework questions that can be answered to earn points toward prizes such as Starbucks gift cards. With each virtual class, our expert will seek to answer two questions about the discussed evaluation factor.  (1) How do contractors maximize their chance for success in this part of their proposal? (2) How do government personnel perform a proper evaluation of this factor?

This virtual class is ESSENTIAL for any individual-government or contractor-who will ever be involved in the proposal preparation and evaluation process.

Understanding the Proposal Evaluation Process Series (to register for the 2017 series, click here)
First Thursday of the month 

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm (ET)

January 5: Technical and Management Evaluations

February 2: Price Evaluations

March 2: Past Performance Evaluations

April 6: Cost Realism Evaluations

May 4: Key Personnel Evaluations

June 1: Socioeconomic Evaluations

September 7: Responsibility Evaluations

October 5: Source Selection Authority and Award Types


*topics are subject to change*


Continuing Education Credits

1.0 credit per session; 8 credits for entire series

CPE (Finance)
1.5 credit per session; 12 credits for entire series

1.25 credit per session; 10 credits for entire series for AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, HI, ME, MT, NJ, NY, ND, OR, PA, VA, WI (if you need CLE for a state not listed, call us.)

0.125 credit per session; 1.0 credits for entire series


This course can be submitted to Project Management Institute (PMI) for PDU.  Upon their approval, it may be worth 1.25 PDU credits per session; 10 PDU credits for entire series





Raisa Dunton

The Public Contracting Institute is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

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