A debriefing can be an extremely valuable tool for a government contractor. Most importantly, debriefings provide offerors a view into the evaluation process and allow a contractor to gain insight into the strengths and weaknesses of their proposals so they can improve future offers, and learn if there is a basis for a potential bid protest. However, too often debriefings end up as missed opportunities and leave government contractors confused and frustrated by the process. Do not let this happen to you next time. Experienced government contracting attorneys Timothy Furin and Robert Ruggieri of Cohen Seglias shared how to get the most out of your debriefing in this webinar for HUBZone Contractors National Council.
This informative webinar went beyond the debriefing basics to help you develop strategies for preparing for and participating in debriefings to ensure you can take full advantage of the important opportunities afforded by debriefings.
Key concepts covered included:
- When are debriefings required, including debriefings for task order contracts
- What rules and regulations apply to debriefings
- When should a contractor request a debriefing (hint – always)
- What are the differences between pre-award and post-award briefings
- How to best prepare for a debriefing
- Who should attend debriefings
- What information a contractor is entitled to learn from an agency and how to get that information
- Learn about the Department of Defense’s new enhanced debriefing procedures and how they are impacting debriefings and protests in unanticipated ways
- Types of questions a contractor should ask during debriefings
- Understand critical deadlines for requesting debriefings, follow up questions, and filing protests
Attendees to the live webinar were able to participate and ask questions, and in addition to the above, hear real-world examples and the latest relevant legal decisions from experienced attorneys who have counseled and assisted government contractors through hundreds of debriefings and protests.