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Love was in the air this week with Valentine’s Day falling on Wednesday.  If all the chocolate and flowers distracted you from the latest and greatest in government contracting news, you’re in luck.  It’s time for our weekly roundup, the S mallGovCon Week in Review . In today’s edition, a California father-and-son team pleaded guilty to using false financial statements and other lies in order to win more than $4 million in federal contracts, one commentator says the Department of Homeland Security must improve the quality of post-award debriefings, the GSA awarded its Alliant 2 small business small contract on Wednesday, and much more. A California father-and-son ...
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Public sector organizations may experience great benefit from business intelligence (BI) solutions, but not without diligence in the planning process to understand why they need it and which business challenges are to be solved. This was one of several themes discussed during Public Spend Forum's webinar on How to Buy Business Intelligence. Joined by panelists from Censeo Consulting Group, the webinar presented findings from a recent report on the marketplace for public sector BI technologies focused on four key questions: What is BI and why does it matter to how we manage our organization? What types of BI exist and how can they help address the ...
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The Department of Interior’s fleet of drones are mostly hand-me-downs from the Department of Defense and cost less than a single one of its manned aircraft. They have been useful in jobs like dam inspections and wildlife surveys, cutting down the time to complete the task at a fraction of the cost. “Traditionally drones have been thought of as instruments of the military … ” said Mark Bathrick, director of the Office of Aviation Services at the Department of Interior. The agency, however, has been able to use drones for land surveillance, wildlife monitoring, and visual assistance when dealing with natural disasters. Full Story: Federal Times ...
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Many purchasing executives are looking to drive procurement transformation, only to fall short. In this webinar, we’ll examine the key issues and provide recommendations for using data and analytics to help procurement to drive greater enterprise value.    Register today! #Upcoming
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When an agency solicits competitive proposals to establish multiple blanket purchase agreements, the agency may include “on-ramp” procedures to potentially award additional BPAs at a later date. In a recent bid protest decision, the GAO confirmed that the FAR allows agencies to use on-ramp procedures to add additional BPAs–and that on-ramped BPA holders don’t enjoy an inherent unfair competitive advantage, at least not under the facts at issue. The GAO’s decision in Al Baz 2000 General Trading & Contracting Company W.L.L. , B-415353.5 (Feb 12, 2018)  involved an Army solicitation for the establishment of up to eight BPAs.  The awardees were to provide ...
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I have  blogged several times  in the past few months on new, non-traditional IT vendors in the federal marketplace and how they are delivering IT services in a different way from traditional IT contractors. It's a sign of the growing presence of such contractors in the federal IT ecosystem that a number of them, with no fanfare, last summer created a sort of support group to help each other in the federal marketplace. The group originally used the non-descript moniker Community of Practice, but recently decided to change its name to the notably more ambitious “Digital Services Coalition.” The group has 56 individual members from 20 firms. About half ...
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Construction News reports that a supply chain squeeze will push up tender prices. They are anticipated to rise in 2018 owing to the supply chain being unable to support rising input costs, according to Mace’s cost consultancy arm. The company has revised its forecasts for tender price rises in 2018 to 1.5% nationally and 1% in London. Labour costs are expected to continue to rise as shortages of skills persist, while prices of key materials will increase further – especially steel. Read the full report here . #Europe #News #Newswire #MarketIntelligence #Suppliers #UnitedKingdom #FacilitiesandConstru
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An Edinburgh-based SME has landed a pivotal role in one of the UK’s largest recent public sector contracts that will see Glasgow evolve its digital city status, says Digital by Default . Scotland’s largest independent telecoms firm, Commsworld, has finalised a £30m contract to become a key provider within the seven-year Information and Communication Technology contract with Glasgow City Council. This will transform the city’s digital infrastructure bringing vast improvements in a Wide Area Network across many council services, like schools, libraries and other council buildings to provide the backbone for pure fibre connections to the city’s businesses and ...
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