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Artificial Intelligence From SparkCognition That Teaches Itself

An artificial intelligence (AI) startup, SparkCognition, has dozens of aviation-industry customers and is now looking to work with the U.S. military. 

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Why Are Public Procurement Reforms In Ukraine So Slow?

The main reason for the slow pace of reforms is the lack of political will.

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GAO: Defense Logistics Agency Sold Sensitive Military Surplus To Fake Agency

GAO auditors set up a fake law enforcement agency and successfully persuaded the DLA to sell sensitive military surplus.

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The increase to the Department of Defense's (DoD) micro-purchase threshold   mandated by the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act   is now in effect. A   Class Deviation   issued earlier this month provides, effective immediately, that the DoD micro-purchase threshold ...
According to the Center for Digital Government’s database, state and local governments spend $26.4 billion on health and human services, making it the largest category of technology spending followed closely by education at $22.3 billion. Those two categories are far ahead of ...
The General Services Administration (GSA) announced that four long-time staff members of the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) professional services program are moving to its FedSIM program. Several sources confirmed that Todd Richards, the program manager ...
Government Accountability Office (GAO) auditors set up a fake law enforcement agency and successfully persuaded the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to sell sensitive military surplus. GAO’s effort to test agency controls against improper payments included the creation of a ...
A government agency was liable for damaging leased space, even though the lease didn’t contain an explicit clause requiring the government to repair the space. In a recent decision, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals held that the VA was required to compensate the landlord ...
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The Jersey Public Accounts Committee raised serious concerns recently about the progress being made with e-gov - the digitisation of government services - and made a number of recommendations as to how the project could and should be improved. It said that there was ‘unnecessary ...
EU Procurement Directives were transposed into Irish Law in 2016. The Revised public procurement guidance and templates, to simplify rules and support SME access, form part of Ireland’s National Procurement Policy Framework. This consists of 5 strands: Legislation (Directives, ...
WalesOnline reports that Cardiff and Vale Health Board has been heavily criticised for “numerous and significant failings” in the way it procured and managed HR contracts. It paid RKC Associates Ltd £290,000 for HR leadership services over 17 months. The Auditor General for Wales ...
Success in the Ukraine in launching anticorruption agencies and patrol police to make public procurement transparent, and improve economic regulations (especially when it comes to energy markets), opening public registries, decentralisation, etc, are being called ‘slow’ and the ...
UK Local Government Association (LGA) on July 11 released its ‘National technological and digital procurement category strategy’ guidance. It is intended to help councils make the right choices in procuring contracts for IT services. The strategy calls for Local Authorities to ...
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On Monday May, 15, the Finance Minister of South Africa Malusi Gigaba announced, in a speech to the Black Business Council , that the country’s National Treasury would use its 500 billion rand ($40 billion) annual procurement budget to spur economic development and pursue ...
According to the 2017 Benchmarking Public Procurement (BPP) report from the World Bank , governments all over the world are still struggling with transparency and efficiency in their public procurement. Each year, the World Bank compiles data from 123 countries to assess the ...
A recent report from the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) in the state of Victoria, Australia, highlights a pretty incredible story of wasted public money, bad practice and outright corruption. We dont often feature stories from that part of the world, but this ...
We found an excellent article here on the foreignpolicy.com website by Elisabeth Braw, looking at the issues around countries sharing military procurement. It is both interesting to the casual reader and informative, and raises some interesting procurement issues that go beyond ...
Every year the World Bank benchmarks the regulatory environments in 77 economies the world over, assessing their impact on the public procurement process. The benchmarking essentially cuts across two lines: The procurement lifecycle (how well the contract lifecycle from bid preparation ...