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Events

See below for a list of past and upcoming events that SpendLogic has taken part in.  Our webinar series consists of 15-minute primer videos, designed to give you useful skills and information that you can immediately put into use to prepare for CPSRs and FAR-based procurements.

If you have an event you’d like us to participate in, please contact us at [email protected].

Webinar – Analyzing Non-Recurring Costs 

Non-recurring costs are a special category of costs that need to be reviewed during a price analysis. Depending on the value of the non-recurring, relative to the recurring portion, will determine the depth at which you need to dive into an analysis. During this webinar, we will discuss Non-Recurring in broad terms, as well as show you how to analyze Non-Recurring costs in SpendLogic.

Profit Analysis:  Intro to the Weighted Guidelines Analysis Tool

The Weighted Guidelines Profit Analysis method is used by numerous government agencies as well as many large federal contractors. In this session, we’ll discuss the basics of the weighted guidelines and introduce you to SpendLogic’s free online Weighted Guidelines Analysis tool.

CPSR-Compliant Price Anaysis:  Competitive Published Price List

Basing a price analysis on a competitive published price list is a common practice. The trick is to prove that the price list itself is representative of the price others are paying. In this webinar, we will discuss how this is most often done in the industry. We will discuss the most common CPSR pitfalls and how SpendLogic helps companies avoid findings in this type of price analysis.

CPSR-Compliant Price Anaysis:  Market Comparables Analysis

After Competition and Price History, the “Market Comparables” analysis method is the most widely used by companies subject to CPSRs. There are several key points that you must include in every Market Comps price analysis report – we will walk through each in this webinar. We will also use SpendLogic to illustrate concepts, but the information can be applied to any documentation process.

Conduct and Document a Best Value Competition

Competitions awarded based on factors other than lowest price are typically referred to as “Best Value.” These competitions are straightforward to document, as long as you’re aware of the risk areas! In this webinar, we will talk through the essential elements required for an adequate and well-documented competition. We will use SpendLogic to illustrate concepts, but the information can be applied to any documentation process.

Conduct and Document a Low Price Competition (LPTA)

Competitions awarded based on lowest price are relatively straightforward to document, as long as you’re aware of the risk areas! In this webinar, we will talk through the essential elements required for an adequate and well-documented competition. We will use SpendLogic to illustrate concepts, but the information can be applied to any documentation process.

How to Fail Your Next CPSR

This is a presentation that we delivered at ProPricer’s GCP Summit, which was held virtually on June 24, 2020.  As the name implies, we covered the top ten mistakes that contractors make which then turn into CPSR failures.  Also included is a short overview of what a CPSR is as well as when it’s triggered.

Price Analysis  of Services (aka “Rate and Factor” analysis)

Services are particularly tricky to analyze…unless you’re using SpendLogic!  In this video, we will show you how easy it is to conduct a price analysis of labor and markup rates using SpendLogic.  We will walk through the process starting at the RFQ and finishing with a completed written report that will pass any Prime or DCMA/DCAA review. 

Price Analysis – Analyzing the cost of a “unicorn” (Session 3)

This is the third discussion in our “Price Analysis of a Unicorn” series. We will continue to talk about specific methodologies that you can use to analyze unique items and services that have never been purchased before. We will focus on bottoms-up analysis techniques, technical evaluations, also known as “tech evals”, and third party help that is available to get the job done.

 

Price Analysis – Analyzing the cost of a “unicorn” (Session 2)

This is the second discussion in our “Price Analysis of a Unicorn” series. We will talk about specific methodologies that you can use to analyze unique items and services that have never been purchased before. We will focus on getting suppliers to provide their OWN price analysis, obtaining additional information, and obtaining a technical evaluation. 

Price Analysis – Analyzing the cost of a “unicorn” (Session 1)

May 1, 2020 – Price analysis is easy, as long as you’ve got a historical price to rely on!  But what about those cases where you have a sole source procurement, less than the TINA threshold, of an item you’ve never purchased?  Now what!?  In this series of videos, we dive right into it.  Session 1 will focus on the basics of price analysis to set the stage for more advanced concepts in follow-on videos.

Commercial Item Determinations (“Of a Type” Session 3 of 3)

In this final session related to Commercial Item Determinations, we will look at “of a type” or “similar-to” items.  These are particularly tricky to support in a commercial item determination, but with a few tips, you’ll get it right every time.

Commercial Item Determinations (“Documentation”, Session 2 of 3)

Continuing our discussions related to commercial item determinations, we are going to look at the DCMA’s RFI released April 10, 2020, to understand specific documentation requirements that they need to see. These requirements are not only the basis for the DCMA’s review of Primes’ CIDs, but also the CIG’s reviews in CPSRs. Our tips and tricks will help you avoid mistakes that will lead to findings in a CPSR.

Commercial Item Determinations (Session 1 of 3)

What are the essential elements that must be included in a commercial item determination or assertion?  We will discuss lessons learned in working with the DCMA that you can turn around and use today!  This will be the first in a three-part series:  look for sessions in the coming weeks related to specific methods for determining commerciality.

Adequate Competition

For CPSR purposes, do you need to have 2 or more valid bids? What about competing between distributors? We will discuss the definition of “adequate competition” and how it applies to you as a federal contractor or subcontractor.

DPA vs. DPAS (Defense Production Act vs. Defense Priorities and Allocation System)

DPA and DPAS are especially hot this week as the world deals with the fallout from COVID-19.  This discussion talks aobut the difference between these concepts as well as some information on how they can affect prime and subcontractors.  COVID-19 is used as an example, but the concepts here apply to all scenarios.