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Boeing Could See Windfall in Military Buildup GovExec reports that Boeing may be the biggest beneficiary of President Donald Trump's focus on the military. The president has said he would nominate Patrick Shanahan, a Boeing senior vice president, to become deputy defense secretary. The publication also notes that $15.5 billion of the president's military spending would go to things like planes, ships, tanks and other goods produced by Boeing. And, "according to documents released by the Pentagon, programs run by the Chicago-based firm would see funding rise as much as $4.3 billion, more than one-quarter of the total proposed boost to acquisition." ...
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The Procurement of Innovation Platform aims to make public procurement of innovation a widespread reality in Europe. The Platform has been developed to help public authorities, procurers, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders harness the power of PPI. In this detailed guide, The Procurement of Innovation Platform describes how public organizations can successfully harness the power of innovation included are several case studies. Read More ... Do
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NIGP provides this short guide to performance metrics. The document lists disciplined tips on public procurement metrics with well-outlined guidance on: Types of metrics Using metrics with targets Recommended metrics Evaluating metrics See how these metrics compare with what you utilize. On a related point, Public Spend Forum will be presenting our draft public procurement metrics framework during our next meeting of the Leaders Exchange. Read More ... Do
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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) presents a framework and well researched data on addressing corruption in public procurement. The framework leverages the widely utilized procurement process paradigm (pre-tendering, tendering, post-tendering), and lays out drivers of risk as well as risk mitigation strategies to manage against corruption. Also presented are several case studies and synopses highlighting successful practices in many countries. Read More ... Do
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House Bill Seeks to Prohibit PLAs Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), the Senior Deputy Majority Whip, has introduced a new bill called the "Fair and Open Competition Act" (H.R. 1552), which aims to reduce costs in construction contracts, specifically by prohibiting federal agencies from requiring contractors to sign project labor agreements (PLAs). The bill seeks to undo a 2009 executive order issued by President Barack Obama, which allowed agencies to use PLAs, when they felt appropriate, for construction projects of more than $25 million. A PLA is a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor organizations that establishes the terms ...
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House Bill Seeks to Prohibit PLAs Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), the Senior Deputy Majority Whip, has introduced a new bill called the "Fair and Open Competition Act" (H.R. 1552), which aims to reduce costs in construction contracts, specifically by prohibiting federal agencies from requiring contractors to sign project labor agreements (PLAs). The bill seeks to undo a 2009 executive order issued by President Barack Obama, which allowed agencies to use PLAs, when they felt appropriate, for construction projects of more than $25 million. A PLA is a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor organizations that establishes the terms ...
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One major trend over the past twenty years in public procurement has been the greater centralization of procurement activity. Conceptually and practically, collaborative procurement is seen as being a good thing. We have seen national procurement organisations being created, or existing bodies strengthening their position in many European countries. There are also regional or local collaborative bodies covering part of a country, and those who are focused on helping organisations in particular sectors, such as health, police or local government. In some countries, the national collaborative bodies have gained a strong mandate in terms of some organisations ...
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There are examples of very good practice in public procurement across Europe, and of very poor practice too. However, many of the biggest problems and issues we have seen in recent years have arguably come about because of poor contract management. Often that is more to blame than poor procurement. Some contracting authorities have recognized this, and we do see more focus on the topic now than there was a few years ago. Yet it is still not given as much priority as it needs. Why is that? Lets look today at five reasons why contract management does not get the attention it deserves. Contract management is not well understood The view of contract ...
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During my twenty something years in procurement line-management roles, I moved organisations five times and considered many more moves and indeed failed to get numerous roles that I did apply for! I felt that there were four key factors to consider when I was thinking about whether it was a good time to move. Is the work stimulating ? Am I learning and developing new skills, being challenged and moving forwards? Or am I just doing the same things again and again, or doing work that is unsatisfying or boring? Public sector jobs often score highly on this question many are fascinating as they combine both technical aspects with the need to consider ...
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This is our weekly European public procurement news roundup, reporting on how more than a trillion Euros of taxpayer money is being spent. Procurement Week 2017: The Pantheon of Procurement The Crystal London, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1GB is the place to be next week 21st-23rd March, if you want a serious injection of views, opinion and analysis on major strategic global issues from leading experts, professionals, and strategic thinkers. Topics such as: How to best manage a procurement exercise that runs into crisis; Interactive procure or supply technologies for the worlds of work, transport or home, and the impact these solutions have ...
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GSA Would See Large Increase in Trump's Budget Daniel J. Sernovitz of the Washington Business Journal notes that while many agencies would see cuts under President Donald Trump's budget recommendations, the federal government's central buyer, the General Services Administration (GSA), would see a $200 million bump. According to the article, "The GSA's discretionary budget authority would increase to $500 million up from roughly $300 million the agency is currently authorized to spend and much higher than the $361 million President Barack Obama sought, but never received, in his last budget proposal." Federal Government Spent $70 Billion in ...
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House Bill Seeks to Prohibit PLAs Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), the Senior Deputy Majority Whip, has introduced a new bill called the "Fair and Open Competition Act" (H.R. 1552), which aims to reduce costs in construction contracts, specifically by prohibiting federal agencies from requiring contractors to sign project labor agreements (PLAs). The bill seeks to undo a 2009 executive order issued by President Barack Obama, which allowed agencies to use PLAs, when they felt appropriate, for construction projects of more than $25 million. A PLA is a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor organizations that establishes the terms ...
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Trump Budget Calls for Massive Cuts The big news today is the release of President Donald Trump's budget recommendations, which as currently drafted would have a sizable impact on both federal agencies and state governments. The budget would increase defense spending by $54 billion, and would cut budgets at 18 other agencies, including eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Environmental Protection Agency would see its budget cut by 31%, with some 3,200 positions eliminated. Many programs that states rely on would also see cuts. ...
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Many technology firms who look to expand their markets look to the federal government, and for good reason. The federal government spent approximately $88.6 billion on IT procurement in 2016, which includes software, hardware, and services. While this is a massive amount of spend, and a lucrative and attractive target, it is expected to be relatively flat for the foreseeable future. Of course, being a federal government contractor carries with it many obstacles and barriers to entry, especially for new startups that have a relatively innovative technological solution, and no previous federal government experience. Combined with the extensive regulatory and ...
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Trump Budget Calls for Massive Cuts The big news today is the release of President Donald Trump's budget recommendations, which as currently drafted would have a sizable impact on both federal agencies and state governments. The budget would increase defense spending by $54 billion, and would cut budgets at 18 other agencies, including eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Environmental Protection Agency would see its budget cut by 31%, with some 3,200 positions eliminated. Many programs that states rely on would also see cuts. ...
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The Mergers and Acquisition (M&A) market has been healthy and strong going into 2017, and there is no indication that the market will do anything but grow. For those mid-tier firms looking for a new source of growth and revenue, the M&A market is a good source to consider. One of the many positive attributes of the government contracting market is a very strong crop of next-generation small businesses that grow into the mid-market category, replacing those that had been recently acquired. Another factor is the mid-market squeeze, as the government continues to utilize more set-aside contracts on one end, combined with more contract bundling and greater ...
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FirstNet Expects Protest Decision "Within Days" FCW reports that FirstNet, the effort to create a national broadband network to connect public safety officers at every level of government, expects a decision "within days" regarding a protest of its first major contract. FirstNet had expected to make an award for the $6.5 billion contract in November after vendor Rivada Mercury filed a protest lawsuit. According to Washington Technology, AT&T told the Securities and Exchange Commission in December that it believed it was the sole remaining bidder in the competition. How Compliance Can Get in the Way Former Office of Federal Procurement ...
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FirstNet Expects Protest Decision "Within Days" FCW reports that FirstNet, the effort to create a national broadband network to connect public safety officers at every level of government, expects a decision "within days" regarding a protest of its first major contract. FirstNet had expected to make an award for the $6.5 billion contract in November after vendor Rivada Mercury filed a protest lawsuit. According to Washington Technology, AT&T told the Securities and Exchange Commission in December that it believed it was the sole remaining bidder in the competition. How Compliance Can Get in the Way Former Office of Federal Procurement ...
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I recently saw a new report from the Department of Defense inspector general titled Defense Organization Officials Did Not Consistently Comply With Requirements for Assessing Contractor Performance . The IG reviewed past performance report cards prepared at four defense non-warfighting commands, including the contracting organization for the Defense Information Systems Agency. Reading the report, I was reminded of the kinds of worries about IG investigations that I raised in a recent blog post. Reading the report, it turns out that report cards were submitted for every contract where one should have been, but this fact is passed over with scarcely ...
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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union (EU) collaborated on this report, highlighting the need for measuring public procurement performance. The report outlines the benefits of effective performance management, how to measure performance, methodologies for measuring performance at different levels of the public procurement system. Read More ... Do
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F ight Over "Fair Pay" Rule not Over Though President Donald Trump is likely to vote to repeal the "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" rulethe regulation that would require contractors to report labor law violations of the past three yearsGovExec reports that the battle over safe workplaces isn't over. It notes that the "tiny agency," the independent Chemical Safety Board voted 4-0 on March 1 "to declare 'unacceptable' the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Councils response to a request for stronger reviews of potential contractors workplace safety programs." The Chemical Safety Board said it needs a language that would "specifically require the review ...
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F ight Over "Fair Pay" Rule not Over Though President Donald Trump is likely to vote to repeal the "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" rulethe regulation that would require contractors to report labor law violations of the past three yearsGovExec reports that the battle over safe workplaces isn't over. It notes that the "tiny agency," the independent Chemical Safety Board voted 4-0 on March 1 "to declare 'unacceptable' the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Councils response to a request for stronger reviews of potential contractors workplace safety programs." The Chemical Safety Board said it needs a language that would "specifically require the review ...
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According to the Director of the Pentagons Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), the SCO is focusing more on software than hardware, and trying to pivot the department to becoming a data-driven organization, as reported by Fedscoop from the SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas. Given the latest trends in budgets for the Defense sector, this could be good news to software vendors, and those innovative technology companies looking at the Pentagon to expand their federal market presence. Roper also stated that other SCO goals include changing focus from hardware to software at the Pentagon, given the issues related to cyber vulnerabilities in defense hardware ...
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We have some other written articles around the issues of lots and lotting (splitting up their contract requirements into smaller contracts), and the confusion in the UK around how far contracting authorities need to go in terms of lotting, or at least showing that they have considered lotting. We said then that some sort of tool would perhaps be useful to help authorities think about the issues and decide which approach to take. So we have been thinking about that, and what key factors tend to make lotting more or less attractive. But in doing that, it struck us that there is another element of the question, and one that perhaps we should address before ...
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Will the increase in numbers and opportunities continue for mid-tier suppliers? Given the uncertainty of 2017 budgets, that is an uncertain question. Nonetheless, the environment demonstrates that mid-tier suppliers can continue to do well in the federal sector. In this article on BGOV , Brian Friel & Paul Murphy look at the trends and data for those companies counted in the mid-tier: ... The number of mid-tier contractors, those with $25 million to $500 million in annual contract dollars, grew despite the rise of small-business set-asides and the competitive might of the large primes. The number of mid-tier companies grew by 120 and their combined ...
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