Government contract management is divided into three stages: procurement or acquisition planning, sourcing, and post-award contract management.
The first two stages have had the most focused time and financial investment for improvement. This approach leaves post-award management as a secondary duty for contract officer representatives (CORs) and contract managers within legal teams. Consequently, they are left unsupported for compliance, risk management, and opportunity realization.
Arguably, contract processes after acquisition and sourcing are the most crucial stages for public-sector and private-sector contract managers. However, these stages notoriously lack proper visibility and resources. This article will address the challenges and present actionable post-award contract management best practices with the help of contract management software.