Compusearch Contract Management Blog

Treasures and Landmines on the Path to Contracts Department Maturity

Posted by SpectrumCLM Team on Mar 8, 2016 12:09:50 PM

Putting in the right processes and resources can eliminate the vast majority of audit preparation expenses, increase productivity, and enhance communication across departments, as well as with the government.

A lack of functioning systems and processes, along with the sunk cost fallacy of having invested time and money in programs and tools that don’t work for the contracts team have created cultures of status quo acceptance. GovCon leaders have found structured processes and technology that can increase their levels of contracts lifecycle management maturity, helping save both time and money.

If you are a GovCon executive with contracts responsibility, join other industry thought leaders in an exclusive executive panel discussion to map the treasures and landmines faced on the path to contracts department maturity. They will explain the Contracts Organization Maturity Model, delineate the multiple advantages of instituting the right systems and processes, as well as outline steps to reach your goals, save money, reduce risk, and enhance your overall operations.

Contact Amee Singh at to learn more.

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Topics: contracts lifecycle management maturity, save time and money, landmines, contracts efficiency, structured processes, treasures, right processes, advance your contracts organization

Escape the Compliance-Cost Trade-off Curve!

Posted by SpectrumCLM Team on Feb 3, 2016 12:02:09 PM

The GovCon industry is serving a very cost-conscious customer. That’s caused contractors to minimize indirect costs to remain competitive. But leanly staffing the Contracts department creates compliance exposure, revenue write-downs, and enterprise risks. So most GovCon firms waver between losing business and a host of risks – that’s The Terrible Trade-off.

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Topics: contractual compliance, Escape GovCon’s Terrible Trade-Off, advanced practices and tools, indirect rates, cost trade-off curve

Important Invitation: Escape GovCon’s Terrible Trade-Off

Posted by SpectrumCLM Team on Jan 22, 2016 2:00:49 PM

Please join us for this imperative 25-minute webinar on Thursday, June 28, 2016 at 1 PM: Escape GovCon’s Terrible Trade-Off. Don’t miss critical expert insights that can help you break free from the compliance worries and financial dilemmas that keep GovCon contracts, compliance, and finance professionals up at night.

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Topics: contractual compliance, Escape GovCon’s Terrible Trade-Off, advanced practices and tools, indirect rates, 25-minute webinar

5 Tips for GovCon Contracts Professionals in 2016

Posted by SpectrumCLM Team on Dec 28, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Contracts professionals face demands that mere mortals could never hope to survive. As you kick off the New Year, here are some ways in which you can revitalize your approach and make the coming year not only easier but much less stressful:

1 – Put a plan in place. Having a process in place to address any and all potential issues can help you easily deflect those challenges when they arise. Make sure that you have identified the appropriate contacts for escalation and have a list of responsible parties for each area that touches the contracts realm.

2 – Leverage any little moment of downtime to load old data into online repositories. Paper is in the past, but when the auditors come a callin’, they want historical data…and they want it NOW.

3 – Collaborate with other departments. One of the biggest sources of errors is when systems don’t sync, and there are multiple data entry points. If you can integrate your existing systems, that would be ideal, but if not, at least make sure there is cross-departmental sharing of exact data that can be input the same way.

4 – Be prepared to support BD and your proposal team. Yes, your goal IS to create more work for yourself by winning more contracts! Make sure you have a central repository for all past performance data that is easily accessible and can be shared with your proposal teams on a moment’s notice.

5 – Watch as Roz tries to keep up with numerous demands for contract data and compliance information, doing a “data dive” while the executives wait for critical information…and then the Auditors come marching in… (Laughter is good for the soul!)


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Topics: Contracts, Contract Management, Compusearch’s SpectrumCLM, Roz

Compusearch CEO, Reid Jackson, Opens NCMA Conference with “Roz”

Posted by SpectrumCLM Team on Dec 21, 2015 2:58:08 PM

Compusearch®, the leading provider of Contract Management software solutions for Government contractors, was pleased to have Reid Jackson open NCMA’s GCMS conference. Reid described “The Terrible Trade-off” between compliance and overhead costs faced by most government contractors. To personalize the Trade-off, he shared a video snippet showing Roz, the Contracts Manager, overcoming the immense struggles that GovCon Contracts professionals face on a daily basis.

Indeed, leading government contractors have found that Compusearch’s SpectrumCLM® software enables them to escape The Terrible Trade-off by enabling both full compliance and low indirect rates.

As Mariah Knefely, Director Contracts, Risk & Business Management, Centerra Group explains, “The product is logical and addresses every contracting need. The ease of access to data coupled with the robust reporting tools has been a tremendous help for management reporting... The entire company has placed a unanimous vote of confidence in SpectrumCLM.”

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Topics: Contract Management, Compusearch’s SpectrumCLM, compliance and overhead costs, Roz, The Terrible Trade-off

CIO Review Names Compusearch One of the "Top 20 Most Promising Defense Technology Solution Providers"

Posted by TopVue Team on Dec 8, 2015 2:02:52 PM

“Program Managers and their Deputies, Configuration Managers, Data Managers, and PEO CIOs face a wide array of challenges as they strive to achieve their missions’ on-time and within budget.  Compusearch delivers an integrated set of tools that make mission success possible.  In a Six Sigma study conducted by Cargo Helicopters, Compusearch’s software reduced delays and improved processing time by over 80 percent.“

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Topics: CDRL Management, Cargo Heliopters PMO, PMO, CDRL, Defense Technology Solutions, Configuration Managers, Data Managers, CIO Review

Compusearch Wishes You a Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Compusearch on Nov 25, 2015 1:22:27 PM

Compusearch wishes our valued clients, partners, and industry colleagues a safe and happy Thanksgiving.


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Topics: Company News, Thanksgiving

Compusearch Honors Our Veterans

Posted by Compusearch on Nov 11, 2015 7:28:51 PM

To all U.S. Veterans past and present: Compusearch thanks you for your service.

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Topics: Company News, Veterans Day 2015

Cargo Helicopters PMO Demonstrates CDRL Management Success!

Posted by TopVue Team on Oct 8, 2015 9:38:00 AM

Cargo Helicopters PMO needed help addressing three critical areas that were negatively impacting the organization.

  1. The PMO had no way to accurately monitor the distribution of contractor-prepared data.
  2. The procedures that were established to ascertain actual receipt of the data were not working.
  3. Their ability to ensure that all contractual requirements relative to technical data were not being met.
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Topics: CDRL Management, Cargo Heliopters PMO, PMO, CDRL

VIDEO: Ensuring that users are creating the right kinds of CDRLs for their programs.

Posted by TopVue Team on May 18, 2015 9:36:00 PM

Ensuring that a program is purchasing the right kind of data is critical to the mission of the Program Management Office. We’ve seen cases where a program wanted to cut costs, but it did not budget for certain reviews and related data, such as a Preliminary Design Review and updated specs at that milestone; and as a result, sure enough, on the deployment of the system, something failed – and it was traced back to a ‘missed review.’ The right kind of CDRLs in this case would’ve been the necessary data for these reviews.

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Topics: CDRL Management