Entries by Stephanie Alexander

Why Capital is America’s Differentiating Asset

-As shared by Katie Bilek The December launch of the Office of Strategic Capital by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is an initiative that seeks to harness the power of American capital markets in support of our national security. The role of private capital in US DoD projects is a differentiating factor in what can tip […]

OTAs | Why They Work

-As shared by Meg O’Hara In the innovation space, it’s no secret that many developing technologies are created outside of the Federal ecosystem. In fact, some of the most forward-thinking technology is housed solely within the commercial space. As that is the case, how can the government discover, adapt, and deploy new solutions without sacrificing […]

MedTech and the DoD

-As shared by Hannah Altman Medical innovations can be transformative. As such, since the onset of COVID-19, there has been a renewed interest in public health technology. Here at govmates, we have hundreds of members on the cutting edge of medical technology. Let’s talk about three emerging innovations and what they can do for the […]

Why is Dual Use Technology So Important?

-As shared by Katie Bilek As it pertains to our federal ecosystem, the concept of dual use technology seems desirable.  What’s not to like? Building and creating a mutually beneficial technology or product leveraging economies of scale while enabling the performer to forgo the typical mind-numbing bureaucracy that ensues when doing business with the government […]

Teaming in GovCon: Why Does It Matter?

-As shared by Stephanie Alexander Government contracting is all about inherently helping the US government solve its problems. Those problems are solved using taxpayer dollars, and therefore there is a higher accountability than in other industries. This underlying truth is the basis of all things in GovCon. With this truth comes the realization that most […]

Consortia and the OTA Space

Early in November, Mica Dolan, Chief Operating Officer for ATI | Advanced Technology International joined Kevin Jans on the Contracting Officer Podcast to discuss OTAs and the Consortia Model. We highly recommend that you give this episode a listen to learn more about the space and what it means for small and nontraditional businesses. See […]

Government Contracting and the Buy America Act

-As shared by Hannah Altman In his first week in office, President Biden signed Executive Order 14005, “Ensuring the Future is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers.” This executive order calls for a review of, among other things, 1933’s Buy America Act (BAA). Passed during the Great Depression, BAA is designed […]

Defining the Valley of Death

-As shared by Katie Bilek What is the Valley of Death? According to the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), it is “a phenomenon faced by many startups when trying to do business with the Department of Defense … where a vendor transitions a prototype or commercially available product to a DoD contract.” This acquisition gap period typically […]

5 Tips for Conference Season 

-As shared by Meg Kerns. “It’s the most wonderful time of the….” wait, scratch that, wrong season. But conference season is upon us. I had quite an informative conversation with Chelsea Meggitt of Collaborative Compositions about the best ways to make conference season work for you and your business. You can listen to the conversation […]