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The Professor’s Forum May 31: Alternate Methods of Assessing Contractor Capability

May 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm




For over 50 years, companies seeking to do business with the U.S. Government have had to master the art of writing a proposal, and Government evaluators have been tasked with selecting the best contractor by reading those proposals. Is this essay-writing contest actually a smart way to spend taxpayers’ money? Are there other, better methods to consider? Join Professor Ralph Nash and Tim Sullivan on Thursday, May 31, as they discuss these questions and techniques such as oral presentations, the GSA’s approach of awarding to the highest technically rated offeror with a fair and reasonable price (“HTRRP”) used in the GSA’s Alliant 2 and OASIS procurements, the use of sample tasks and the HMS live demonstration method. This will surely be a thought-provoking session and one that contractors and agency personnel alike will find valuable.

Dates & Topics

Professor Ralph Nash and Tim Sullivan are delighted to present the third year of “The Professor’s Forum,” a monthly virtual class designed to delve into some of the most challenging issues facing contractors and Government personnel alike. Join us beginning in January, as we kick off the New Year with a discussion of bid protests. In subsequent months, Ralph and Tim will turn their attention to topics such as past performance, delays in performance, resolving contract disputes, and other similarly critical issues. As always, each session will give you and your colleagues the opportunity to hear from two of the most experienced lawyers in the business of government contracting, and their discussion will very likely lead to you and your team applying what you just learned to the challenges your organization is currently facing. Looking for instant gratification? This is your chance!

Each registration allows for one person to log in. Your team members can join you in a conference room for no additional cost. Additional logins for those located in other offices, working remotely, or otherwise unable to participate with the registrant can be purchased for $50 each.

The Professor’s Forum with Ralph Nash and Tim Sullivan Virtual Class Series (to register for the 2018 series, click here)

Last Thursday of the Month (*exception)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (ET)

January 25: Bid Protests
February 22: The Role of Past Performance
March 29: Delays
April 19*: Resolving Disputes
May 31: Alternate Methods of Assessing Contractor Capability
June 28: Negotiating for Best Value
September 27: The Role of the Contracting Officer
October 25: CPAF vs. CPIF

*topics are subject to change*

Continuing Education Credits


2.0 credits per session; 16.0 credits for entire series.

CPE (Business Law/Finance/Management Services/Regulatory Ethics)

1.5 credits per session; 14.0 credits for entire series.


1.5 credits per session; 12.0 credits for entire series for AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, HI, ME, MT, NJ, NY, ND, OH, OR, PA, VA, WI (if you need CLE for a state not listed, call us.)


0.15 credits per session; 1.2 CEU for the entire series.


This course can be submitted to Project Management Institute (PMI) for PDU.  Upon their approval, it may be worth 1.5 PDU credits per session; 12.0 PDU credits for entire series.





John Plinke

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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