Tara Scott: Procurement Specialist
Ms. Scott brings over 15-years of experience from two federal government agencies. As a contracting officer, she possessed an unlimited warrant which allowed her to procure minor and major acquisitions for services and goods at the Internal Revenue Services. She collaborated with various stakeholders including program offices, the small business, policy, finance offices, and large/small businesses to meet the procurement needs of the agency.
Her passion was making sure small businesses got their fair share of procurement dollars. This passion spurred her to leave the federal contracting world to work directly with a small business, as the Director of Contracts. Her work here afforded her the opportunity to learn the challenges small businesses faced with doing business with the government. She looks forward to bringing her enthusiasm, ability to translate tough government programs, and providing turnkey solutions to help other small businesses navigate contracting. Her expertise includes some of the following:
Teaming Arrangements. Knowledge of federal government 8(a) joint ventures regulations or GSA Schedule holder Contractor Teaming Arrangements (CTAs) for pursuing set-aside contracting opportunities. Having good teaming arrangements with partners (NDA, Subcontract, and Teaming Agreements) protects everyone involved when subcontracting is involved.
Policy Updates Staying current on government regulations, such as DOD’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requirements, COVID-19 protocols, and OPM’s Best in Class contract vehicles (BIC) and communicating details through easy to read “Policy Newsletters”.
Strategic Planning. Making sure companies know how to plan your work and work your plan. Having adequate pipelines with long enough lead times and understanding how to pursue government officials and industry partners are just a few of her recommendations.
She is also an advocate for civic and community work which is exemplified through her former leadership as the President of the Fort Washington, MD “Tantallon South Civic Association”. Her dedication to causes in both public sector and private organizations has made her a trusted source and voice in her local community. Most notably was being asked by Prince George’s Legislative District 26- House of Delegates Representative, Mr. Jay Walker, to conduct an interview with Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins, Channel 4 news, on the opening of District VII Police
Station in Fort Washington, MD. Ms. Scott has a Master of Business Administration, from Strayer University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (concentration in Advertising) from Howard University.