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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will award a $7.5 million grant for a five-year project to develop more reliable and affordable access to energy in India. DOE officials said the goal of the project is an energy distribution grid that is smarter and more reliable. Researchers from the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Smart Grid Center, as well as other U.S. participants, have joined the initiative between the DOE and India's Ministry of Science. U.S. Energy Secretary and class of ...
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Tractica , a market intelligence firm, released a study that projects the demand for automotive artificial intelligence (AI) hardware, software, and services will explode to $14 billion by 2025. These AI systems incorporate data and advanced algorithms to copy the cognitive functions of the human mind and have already started to simplify and enhance the simplest aspects of our everyday experiences with the automotive industry being no exception. Big players like Tesla, Google, and Mercedes-Benz ...
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"We're thinking of something that's unique, we're talking about the southern border, lots of sun, lots of heat. We're thinking about building the wall as a solar wall, so it creates energy and pays for itself. And this way, Mexico will have to pay much less money, and that's good, right?"   Source: BBC. The last few weeks have seen some attention-grabbing debates on the pros and cons of renewable energy in the U.S. President Trump’s announcement about a dual-purpose border wall has now ...
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More and more I am hearing from people in or around the government IT community worries about the technical skills of the federal IT workforce. I suspect that the situation is not as bad as some allege — clearly, there are some very talented technologists the government — but there does seem to be a problem with dated, or never-developed , skills in government IT shops. That observation is central to the case for contracting out as much IT technical work as we do in government. (Inside ...
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The holy grail of scholarly research on management is to find credible evidence that certain management or leadership practices actually improve an organization’s performance. The key word here is “credible.” For years, finding this holy grail has been inhibited by methods used for management research that challenge the credibility of any purported findings. There have traditionally been several problems with the data on which such research is based. Measurements of what kinds of practices ...
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Much has been written on differences and similarities of B2B sales and procurement professionals. Sometimes these two types seem to come from two different planets, but then we hear talk of synergies and the need to cooperate more closely. Let’s first discuss the “Women Are from Venus; Men Are from Mars” perspective. The saying comes from a book title of John Gray (1992) who claimed that men and women are psychologically speaking fundamentally different. This then ( according to Gray ) has ...
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On Friday, the UK’s National Audit Office published a damning report into the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and their Hinkley Point C nuclear power deal, entered into with providers EDF and China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN). The headline summary is somewhat clumsily presented but is still clear. “ The Department has committed electricity consumers and taxpayers to a high cost and risky deal in a changing energy marketplace. Time will tell whether the deal ...
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If you’d been sleeping for the past decade, it would be hard to figure out in an instant just how much had changed in the procurement workplace. But you’d get your bearings pretty fast, and likely with a smile on your face as a result. Gone (at least theoretically) would be applications for frontline users that required hours or even days of training – tools would be as instinctive as any shopping tool now. Gone would be the tyranny of the desktop as the primary technology interface – smaller ...
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In Spend Matters global research into public sector procurement in the US and Europe, we’re continually struck by how, especially in the UK , it is front-page news when government organizations (e.g., Transport for London) make it a true priority to spend more with small businesses. It’s not just policy lip service, but something far more that also includes accelerating early payment with SMBs which are capital constrained compared with larger firms. In many cases in the US, the spirit ...
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Since the burst of procurement reform in the 1990s (full disclosure: I was a leader of this effort while in government), there has, in my view, been a major improvement in the culture of the U.S. federal procurement system in a more performance-oriented direction. Traditionally, the balance between attention to the goals the system should pursue (obtaining best value products and services for agencies and taxpayers) and the constraints under which the system operates (avoiding bad things ...
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The Philippine government has launched its Green Public Procurement (GPP) Regime in an effort to buy green and ensure ecological integrity. This initiative, part of a larger nationwide-plan, reiterates the country’s environmental goals set forth by the United Nations, to further developments of policies the prioritize clean air and water, waste reduction, and security of energy supply. Executive Director Dennis S. Santiago of the Government Procurement Policy Board-Technical Support Office ...
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A recent Department of Transportation paper outlines 17 ways to engage the private sector. The paper focuses on the three major phases of project development that include planning, pre-procurement, and post-procurement. Throughout each phase, the paper discusses the pros and cons of various approaches. While some shorten timelines, encourage information sharing, and reduce risk, others do not work as well. Full Story: Next City Download This Summary Image Courtesy ...
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Nancy Alvarez manages the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Dallas-Fort Wort District's 8(a) Business Development program and offers her insights on opening doors to contracts with federal agencies nationwide. “But you have to be ready,” she says. Due to estimated budget increases, now is the time to expand business and seek federal contact opportunities with agencies such as the Department of Defense, Veterans Administration and Homeland Security. Because when you are certified, your ...
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A recent protest decision from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides several important lessons for procurement professionals who are buying cloud-enabled services as well as vendors hoping to sell them. Let's dive in! Red River Computing Company protested the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) request for quotations (RFQ) for agency-wide enterprise computing services and cloud computing services. Red River challenged both the technical and price evaluation, asserting that DHS's ...
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The General Services Administration (GSA) may be revamping FedBizOpps.gov, the website where agencies publish solicitations, which many have said is long overdue for an overhaul. GSA issued the RFQ through the Alliant Small Business government-wide acquisition contract back in December, with bids due earlier this year. GSA says it's currently evaluating bids. The company that runs the website, Symplicity, was suspended from federal contracting from September to January. Full Story: Federal ...
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A year after Britain voted to leave the European Union, it is still unclear how trade deals will impact public procurement. The European Parliament published a paper,  Consequences of Brexit in the Area of Public Procurement , that outlines four possible relationship models for British companies participating in the EU market. Take a closer look at the proposed models to see how they work and how they could be used. Full Story: BIP Solutions Download This Summary ...
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The Department of Energy (DOE) awarded grants to six companies to further its Exascale Computing Project, an initiative to build a supercomputer that would run 50 times faster than current supercomputers. A total of $258 million in research and development grants will be divided amongst each company to fund their work on a discrete aspect of the supercomputer. An exascale computer is intended to "realistically simulate the complex processes and relationships behind many of the fundamental ...
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The latest survey of government procurement professionals from intelligence firm Onvia show that state and local governments are struggling with insufficient time to prepare solicitations, short staffing, and difficulties with collaboration. According to  Route Fifty,  "Response agility, customer service and reputation all factor into the index and all fell over the last year, response time the farthest at 6.2." The report found that the most successful procurement organizations were ones ...
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A five-year, $1 billion cybersecurity contract from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is moving forward after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has denied a protest brought by Northrop. The contract to run its DOMino program was awarded to Raytheon, whose CEO Tom Kennedy told reporters at the recent Paris Air Show that the win means Raytheon has world-class cybersecurity tools. Full Story: Fifth Domain Download This Summary Image Courtesy of
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Yesterday marked the inaugural meeting of the Trump administration's American Technology Council, as executives from some of America's leading tech companies convened in the West Wing to "transform and modernize" federal IT and advise the president on tech policy. "We're embracing big change, bold thinking, and outsider perspectives to transform government and make it the way it should be, and at far less cost," said the president. In all, the meeting included four hours of working sessions ...
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