House Budget Plan Preserves Feds’ Retirement Programs

Government Executive | April 09, 2019

House Budget Plan Preserves Feds’ Retirement Programs
The House is slated on Wednesday to consider a fiscal 2020 budget proposal that likely would not implement any of the Trump administration’s proposals to cut federal employees’ retirement benefits, setting up a debate with the Senate on how to move forward.Last week, the Senate Budget Committee advanced its own budget resolution for the next fiscal year, which includes instructions that the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee cut $15 billion from programs within its jurisdiction. Although that proposal does not mandate that the cuts come from federal workers’ benefits, that panel is typically the avenue by which lawmakers seek to make changes to the Federal Employees Retirement System.

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Understanding how to write proposals well is a cornerstone to success as a government contractor. In this paper, GovWin breaks downs the five stages of this important process, explains how to maximize proposals’ success and gives insight into how the federal government evaluates them. As government contractors, small or large, there are a lot of processes to navigate through before winning your share of the government’s money, and it all starts with a proposal. When the government publishes an opportunity it is filled with language and information that could discourage a new company from attempting to create their first proposal, and it is important to understand the basics prior to doing so.

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Bonfire Interactive Inc. | December 02, 2021

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Spotlight

Understanding how to write proposals well is a cornerstone to success as a government contractor. In this paper, GovWin breaks downs the five stages of this important process, explains how to maximize proposals’ success and gives insight into how the federal government evaluates them. As government contractors, small or large, there are a lot of processes to navigate through before winning your share of the government’s money, and it all starts with a proposal. When the government publishes an opportunity it is filled with language and information that could discourage a new company from attempting to create their first proposal, and it is important to understand the basics prior to doing so.