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NITAAC Announces a Three-Part Series on Understanding the Different Techniques to Streamline Acquisitions

There are several techniques federal government evaluation teams can use to streamline acquisitions.  In this three-part series, NITAAC will explore the benefits of three common techniques: oral presentations, multiphase downselect and comparative analysis.

We will begin the series with a deep dive into oral presentations.  Please remember that no matter what technique you use, you should always follow your agency’s policy on procurement.

Oral Presentations

So, what exactly is an oral presentation and how can it streamline your response evaluation process? Oral presentations provide an opportunity for dialogue between the government and interested responders and gives evaluation teams an opportunity to gain further insight into the technical component of a response.

Oral presentations not only benefit the federal government but can also streamline administrative burden for responders.

Oral presentations will be followed by a deep dive into the multiphase downselect technique.

Click here to learn more about Oral Presentations.

Multiphase Downselect

FAR 16.505 suggests using a multiphase downselect approach when the effort required to respond to a potential order is resource-intensive, for example, when requirements are complex or will develop over time. The multiphase downselect technique allows evaluators to review responses in phases to drastically reduce the number of responses being considered for an award. This approach reduces the cost and time associated with selecting an award.

Can't wait until April to learn more about mulitphase downselect?  Check out this overview video to learn more.

Comparative Analysis

Comparative Analysis, on the other hand, allows for the direct comparison of responses. With comparative analysis, evaluators can more quickly recommend who is best suited for the award and arrive at a conclusion more efficiently. With comparative analysis, the responses are evaluated as a group, allowing for decisions to be made in real time.

Does the comparative analysis technique sound like something you'd like to explore?  Check out this overview video to find out if it makes sense for you and then visit us in May for a deeper dive into the technique.

Each of these techniques can play a vital role in streamlining the source selection process and getting agencies to award faster, saving both time and money. We hope you find this series informative. If you have questions about any of the techniques, please contact us at