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President and Founder Nick Tsiopanas writes article focused on DoD Acquisition streamlining for Federal Times

posted Apr 10, 2018, 5:58 PM by Josh Hackett   [ updated Apr 10, 2018, 6:11 PM ]

Utilizing research garnered from his current work on the IT acquisition team of the Section 809 Panel, Nick Tsiopanas proposes a series of recommendations to change the notoriously cumbersome and problematic acquisition process. Click here to read the full article.

The Section 809 Panel was established by Congress to streamline and improve DoD acquisition. The FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) gave the 18-person panel 2 years to develop recommendations for streamlining and improving the defense acquisition process. For more information on Mr. Tsiopanas's work on the Section 809 Panel, click here or contact Nick at nick@zygosconsulting.com.

ZYGOS Consulting Experts Selected to Speak at National Contract Management Association (NCMA) World Congress 2017

posted Apr 14, 2017, 12:38 PM by Josh Hackett   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 12:48 PM ]

NCMA’s premier event for contract management professionals, World Congress 2017 has selected ZYGOS’ thought leaders and acquisition professionals to provide an educational presentation at its flagship conference. The 2017 NCMA World Congress will be held July 23-26, 2017 at the Navy Pier Convention Center, Chicago, Illinois.

Honored to be speaking at their 3rd NCMA World Congress, ZYGOS’ Lawrence Asch and Nick Tsiopanas will present "An Army Project Manager’s New Approach to an Integrated Project Team." The session will provide the fundamental concepts of how a successful team approach has delivered extraordinary results to the U.S. Army through a team known as the Enterprise Contract Management Group (ECMG). The ECMG, which ZYGOS was instrumental in helping to establish, has achieved unprecedented collaboration between the program office, contracting activity, and industry. This has resulted in maximizing competition, increasing prime contracts for small business, reducing indirect costs, utilizing existing contract vehicles, and shortening award cycle times.

NCMA is the world’s leading professional resource in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 20,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA World Congress is hailed as a must-attend event because it is the most comprehensive training event for contract management, procurement, and acquisition professionals. With more than 2,000 attendees and 100 different educational tracks, the conference will provide content and networking opportunities for professionals at each and every stage of their careers.

ZYGOS Consulting Awarded First Prime Contract: 5-Year Single Award BPA with Department of Justice

posted Apr 7, 2016, 6:31 PM by Josh Hackett   [ updated Apr 7, 2016, 7:03 PM ]

March 31, 2016 – The Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) awarded ZYGOS Consulting a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) and first Call Order to provide EOIR Court and Appeals Systems (ECAS) Support Services. Awarded under the General Services Administration's Professional Services Schedule, the BPA is a single award, meaning ZYGOS is the only prime contractor on the vehicle which has a one-year base period and four one-year option periods. The BPA has an estimated total value of up to $3 million, with the first Call Order awarded for a Firm Fixed Price of $774K.

Under the first Call Order, ZYGOS Consulting and its teaming partner the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) will conduct an Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) and recommend the optimal vendor solution and implementation plan to meet the ECAS modernization goals and objectives. Having completed several similar high-profile AoA projects for other clients, ZYGOS will leverage its mature 7-step AoA methodology and NCSC's deep expertise in court management processes and technology to provide superior performance for EOIR. This BPA and Call Order are ZYGOS' first prime contract award, signaling the company's maturation to the next level as a niche provider of high-end acquisition consulting services to the Federal Government.

ZYGOS Consulting Awarded Subcontract to Continue Acquisition Support to PM AESIP and LMP

posted Mar 28, 2015, 1:08 PM by Josh Hackett   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 9:02 AM ]

March 23, 2015 – ZYGOS Consulting was awarded a subcontract under Engility Corporation to continue Acquisition Support to Project Manager Army Enterprise Systems Integration Program (PM AESIP) and the Logistics Modernization Program (LMP). The award includes an option for performance through December 2016, continuing the specialized services provided by ZYGOS to support acquisition milestone decisions for LMP and strategic contracting initiatives for PM AESIP. ZYGOS subject matter experts will continue to support critical Army Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiatives including LMP Increment 2, and the PM AESIP Enterprise Contract Management Group and Army ERP Services acquisition.

ZYGOS Contributes to C4ISR & Networks Article "DoD Gains Acquisition Flexibility"

posted Jan 20, 2015, 5:00 PM by Josh Hackett   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 9:03 AM ]

ZYGOS Consulting was privileged to have digital magazine C4ISR & Networks invite our Mr. Josh Hackett to provide insight into the content of the newly released DoD Instruction 5000.02 titled “Operation of the Defense Acquisition System.”

Mr. Hackett provided the type of detailed insights and feedback that organizations like C4ISR & Networks as well as our clients have grown to trust and admire from our consulting staff in the areas of Acquisition, Better Buying Power, and Contracting support. Click here to read the full article.


ZYGOS Contributes to DAU Article "Benefits of Early Exchanges with Industry"

posted Dec 10, 2014, 6:56 PM by Josh Hackett   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 9:03 AM ]

December 9, 2014 - Article on Benefits of Early Exchanges with Industry Posted on Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Site

ZYGOS Consulting team members Nick Tsiopanas, Lawrence Asch, and Mike Malloy, supporting the Project Manager, Army Enterprise Systems Integration Program (PM AESIP) Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Services Acquisition Integrated Project Team (IPT) published an article on the important benefits of "Early, Ongoing, and Comprehensive Exchanges With Industry Prior to Receipt of Proposals." This collaborative effort between the Government and ZYGOS to develop, write, and post the article to DAU was performed with the intent of sharing the IPT's lessons learned, tools, techniques, and knowledge and showing other acquisition teams how to benefit from these types of early exchanges. The concepts and practices discussed in the article are consistent with the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Mythbusters guidance and DoD's Better Buying Power initiatives. Read the DAU publication at http://www.dau.mil/publications/defenseatl/default.aspx. The article can be found directly at http://www.dau.mil/publications/DefenseATL/DATLFiles/ATLlinks/BenefitsofEarlyExchanges.pdf.

ZYGOS Consulting Awarded GSA MOBIS Contract

posted Oct 17, 2014, 1:47 PM by Josh Hackett   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 9:03 AM ]

October 14, 2014 – ZYGOS Consulting Awarded GSA MOBIS Contract

ZYGOS Consulting LLC is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS) schedule contract by the General Services Administration (GSA). The MOBIS schedule offers a full range of management and consulting services for improving agency performance and providing assistance with meeting mission goals.

To earn the MOBIS award, ZYGOS underwent a rigorous review of its products and services, management practices, customer satisfaction, and past performance; including quality, timeliness, cost, and value. Through the MOBIS schedule, ZYGOS now offers the advantages of pre-negotiated rates and a streamlined, time-saving process for all Federal agencies to quickly access ZYGOS’ expertise via task orders.

"We help federal agencies define and implement innovative acquisition strategies to improve performance and reduce costs," said Josh Hackett, a Partner at ZYGOS. "We are excited to be awarded a MOBIS contract as it will allow agencies to obtain our services as a prime contractor now. This is a challenge for many small, niche businesses like us and it’s a hurdle we are pleased to have overcome.”

ZYGOS’ MOBIS contract (GS-10F-003CA) has a five-year period of performance with three additional five-year options. The company is an authorized supplier for schedules 874-1 (Integrated Consulting Services) and 874-6 (Acquisition Management Support). Additional information is available at www.gsa.gov/mobis and www.zygosconsulting.com.

Questions? Contact info@zygosconsulting.com.

ZYGOS Consulting Awarded Subcontract to Provide CIO Advisory Services to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)

posted Sep 21, 2014, 6:43 PM by Josh Hackett   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 9:04 AM ]

September 22, 2014 – ZYGOS Consulting was awarded a subcontract under Cask, LLC’s prime contract with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

ZYGOS will assist DSCA with Information Technology (IT) portfolio management services for the DSCA IT Directorate leadership team including the DSCA Chief Information Officer (CIO).

DSCA is a Department of Defense (DoD) agency reporting to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and has responsibility for directing, administering, and providing policy guidance for the execution of security cooperation programs. 

This new award builds on ZYGOS’ long-standing support to DSCA. ZYGOS has provided acquisition consulting to DSCA for over three years in the Security Cooperation Enterprise Solution (SCES) program, a Tri-Service Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case execution. 
Nick Tsiopanas, ZYGOS Consulting Founder and President, said about the award, “ZYGOS is very pleased to be a part of the Cask Team at DSCA, and we look forward to continuing our outstanding support and shared success with the SCES program and now the DSCA IT portfolio.”
Cask, LLC is a woman-owned and 8(a) small business, founded in 2004.  Cask provides a wide array of business and technology services to support its clients. To find out more about Cask, visit them at www.caskllc.com.

ZYGOS Consulting Experts Speak at 2014 National Contract Management Association (NCMA) World Congress

posted Aug 5, 2014, 8:52 AM by Josh Hackett   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 9:04 AM ]

July 29, 30 2014 - ZYGOS Consulting Experts Provide Acquisition and Better Buying Power Expertise to NCMA Attendees

On 29 July 2014 ZYGOS' Founder and President Nick Tsiopanas, sharing the stage with Army Contracting Command – Rock Island’s Jessica Dobbeleare, presented to over 100 National Contract Management Association (NCMA) World Congress attendees on Fair Opportunity task order competitions and how the process can create efficiencies when properly streamlined and executed. During their presentation, Mr. Tsiopanas and Ms. Dobbeleare explained the Fair Opportunity process, contrasted it with traditional Source Selection, and provided real world examples of how competitions for orders can be conducted more quickly and effectively.

On 30 July 2014 and for the second year in a row at NCMA’s World Congress, ZYGOS’ Lawrence Asch and Nick Tsiopanas presented the Department of Defense’s Better Buying Power Initiative. The session provided status on Better Buying Power 2.0 and gave innovative thinkers the tools and techniques to help them deliver extraordinary results using Better Buying Power
Initiatives. The session also included a deep dive on Market Research with lessons learned and a clear linkage to how this critical step in the acquisition process lays the foundation for success.

NCMA is the world’s leading professional resource in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 22,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition professionals worldwide.

ZYGOS Consulting Experts Selected to Speak at National Contract Management Association (NCMA) World Congress 2014

posted Apr 30, 2014, 7:43 PM by Josh Hackett   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 9:04 AM ]

April 30, 2014 - ZYGOS Consulting Experts Selected to Speak at National Contract Management Association (NCMA) World Congress 2014

NCMA’s premier event for contract management professionals, World Congress 2014 has selected ZYGOS’ thought leaders and acquisition professionals to provide two educational presentations at the flagship conference. The 2014 NCMA World Congress will be held July 27-30, 2014 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland.

ZYGOS' Founder and President, Nick Tsiopanas will be speaking with Army Contracting Command – Rock Island’s Jessica Dobbeleare on the topic of Fair Opportunity task order competitions and how the process can create efficiencies when properly streamlined and executed. Getting Fair Opportunity right is a win-win for Government and Industry that will save time and money without compromising results. During their presentation, Mr. Tsiopanas and Ms. Dobbeleare will explain the Fair Opportunity process, contrast it with traditional Source Selection, and provide real world examples of how competitions for orders can be conducted more quickly and effectively.

For the second year in a row, ZYGOS’ Lawrence Asch and Nick Tsiopanas have been invited to speak on the Department of Defense’s Better Buying Power Initiative. The session will provide a status update on Better Buying Power 2.0 and give innovative thinkers tools and techniques that can help deliver extraordinary results using Better Buying Power Initiatives. The session will also include a deep dive on Market Research with lessons learned and a clear linkage to how this critical step in the acquisition process lays the foundation for success.   
   
NCMA is the world’s leading professional resource in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 22,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA World Congress is hailed as a must-attend event because it is the most comprehensive training event for contract management, procurement, and acquisition professionals. With more than 1,500 attendees and 20 different educational tracks, the conference will provide content and networking opportunities for professionals at each and every stage of their careers. Additionally, the conference has been approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as training in compliance with 5 U.S.C. Chapter 41. OPM Acting Director Katherine Archuleta issued a certificate on March 24, 2014. For more information or to register for the NCMA World Congress visit NCMA’s website.

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