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The  Global Review of Sustainable Public Procurement 2017 was published recently by the United Nations Environment Programme. It was conducted in the framework of the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Programme, and examines the state of sustainable public procurement (SPP) policies and practices undertaken by national governments worldwide in the past five years. Looking at 41 national governments and analysing more than 200 SPP stakeholders on sustainable practices in their organisations, the report tracks the global progress of SPP and explores the collective understanding of the current barriers, needs, opportunities and innovations. To set the ...
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The General Services Administration (GSA) posted detailed data on how the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract might be divvied up. The newly released information includes coverage details for the 932 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) in the U.S. for circuit-switched voice services, Internet Protocol voice services, and a dozen optional services including mobile and cloud services. Under the previous contract with Networx, agencies chose among five carriers. For EIS, GSA named 10 providers who cover the top 25 CBSA, and there are multiple providers in each of the 932 areas served. Full Story: FCW Download This ...
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After almost a year of no updates, the Government Services Administration asked vendors bidding on Alliant 2, the $65 billion multiple award IT services governmentwide acquisition contract, to guarantee their bids through  Dec. 31 . And while a lot of the federal technology community is watching and waiting for Alliant 2 awards, there are several other large-dollar and high-profile contracts that are on many vendors’ radar. Federal News Radio outlines what to watch out for this fall. Full Story: Federal News Radio Download This Summary Image Courtesy of
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Not everything the UK government has done in terms of procurement has been leading-edge, and certainly not everything has worked perfectly. But what we can say is that the UK has tried a lot of different procurement ideas, and has probably been an early adopter in many areas. That includes bringing private sector expertise into public procurement, collaborative buying initiatives, use of category management processes, involving private finance in complex long-terms construction transactions, outsourcing complex services delivered to the citizen (welfare to work or social care), or adoption of some aspects of eProcurement. Currently, one of the hot ...
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TRADITIONAL PRACTICES VS MODERN-DAY REALITIES Public sector procurement practices are based on the fundamental principles that procurement must be fair, open, and transparent. That you must say what you will do, say so in a public fashion, and do what you said you would do. This is founded on the premise that public procurement must be designed in a way to prevent corruption, ensure equality, and avoid bias. Unfortunately, from these principles of fairness, openness and transparency rose a myriad of rules, processes, policies, and templates that became more and more complicated over time. Mistakes would lead to trade complaints and lawsuits, and ...
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Agility and prediction are not mutually exclusive in government decision-making, according to a new study by the Center for a New American Security. The authors argue that potential power of prediction is often diminished in favor of agility but that forecasting and agile response to rapidly changing events can work together in the global security arena. Full Story: FCW Download This Summary Image Courtesy of
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Slovakia’s Prime Minister announced this week he will replace the Education Minister (SNS coalition) for allegedly mismanaging EU subsidies in his department (the row is over €300 million in EU subsidies). “Slovak media have reported that the ministry chose several companies with no history in research or innovation as recipients of EU subsidies aimed at supporting science,” explains Euractiv. While this is not alleged as a corruption activity, “None of the coalition parties can afford to gamble with public trust. (Events) at the education ministry cast doubts on the government’s fight against corruption,” said the Prime Minister. Read more on this ...
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Some European Commissioners’ travel expenses have been analysed by Belgian magazine Knack and the findings were published recently. It discovers that in the first two months of 2016, for example, almost €500,000 was spent on 261 official trips. While some tallies show that expenses on travel and accommodation were moderate, some rack up high, like a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan costing €75,000 involving a chartered plane journey. Documents on travel expenses were requested by Spanish transparency NGO Access Info, which has been trying for three years to get access to this information. Apart from visibility for a small part of 2016, the struggle continues ...
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