The Department of State (DoS) is expected to issue a final Request for Proposals (RFP) any day for a potential $2.5 billion contract for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Systems Services. Previously known as Integrated Logistics Management Systems (ILMS), this single award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) will provide technical services for deploying, operating, maintaining, and enhancing the Department’s logistics and supply chain management systems.

DoS has delayed the release of this final RFP multiple times after issuing an initial pre-solicitation notice in October. The latest update indicates that the Department will issue the final RFP on or about April 28 under notice ID 19AQMM23R0003. However, that date has come and gone with no final RFP.

Prepare for the challenge: Start writing now.

The ILMS draft RFP has several mandatory minimum requirements, including core competency in logistics and supply chain management, experience in global end-to-end logistics, systems integration, and global change management. It requires offerors to submit three separate volumes and attend a four-hour in-person orals challenge six weeks after proposal submission.

Conducting orals presentations is a specialized skill, and OST Global Solutions can help with coaching, presentation strategies, and/or orals training. We can also support your capture and proposal teams or provide consultants to fill gaps on your team.

Given the complexity of the ILMS draft RFP, it is crucial to start preparing your response now using the draft solicitation documents and the latest Industry Day slides. Keep in mind that the DoS may have a short turnaround time once the final RFP is issued.

OST Global Solutions has extensive experience in proposal development, capture management, and government contracting. Our team of experienced professionals can help you craft a winning proposal that highlights your strengths, addresses evaluation criteria, and increases your chances of winning the ILMS contract. We can provide capture and proposal teams to develop a complete, winning proposal. Or we can provide consultants on a case-by-case basis to fill gaps on your business development team. Our services related to ILMS consist of orals coaching, orals slide development, capture management, cost volume development, price-to-win analysis, team identification/negotiation, proposal management, proposal writing, editing, graphics, and desktop publishing.

Contact us to discuss your bids, so we can help you develop a winning proposal for ILMS.

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