Collaboration in UK Public Procurement – Our Survey Results

11 Jan 2018
Today we’d like to share with you an extract from a report we issued last year (sponsored by BravoSolution) based on our research around collaboration in UK public procurement – Procurement Collaboration in the UK Public Sector – Key Issues, Successes and Recommendations. In it we look at...

3 Steps to Increase Your Agency’s FITARA Incremental Development Score

10 Jan 2018
In our last blog, we addressed three steps your agency can take to get a better MEGABYTE grade on the FITARA scorecard.  In the second installation of this series, we address steps your agency can take to improve your Incremental Development score. Agencies have historically struggled to...

Not getting the competition you hoped for? This may be why.

9 Jan 2018
We’ve all been there. You spend months defining your customer’s requirement and designing the perfect solicitation, but when it comes time to evaluate you’re underwhelmed by the quality of proposals received. None reflect what you’re looking for, and you had a few vendors in mind that...

Government Contracts Joint Ventures: Our New Handbook is Now Available

9 Jan 2018
I am excited to announce the publication of Government Contracts Joint Ventures, the first in a new series of new government contracting guides we’re calling “Koprince Law LLC GovCon Handbooks.”  Packed with easy-to-understand examples and written in plain English, Government Contracts...

2018 NDAA Bans Some LPTA Procurements

4 Jan 2018
In 2017, Congress placed limits on the utilization of Lowest-Price Technically-Acceptable procurement procedures in Department of Defense acquisitions. The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act continues this trend by completely prohibiting the use of LPTA procedures for certain major defense...

VA CVE Unreasonably Decertified SDVOSB, Court Rules

3 Jan 2018
The VA Center for Verification and Evaluation unreasonably decertified an SDVOSB based on the results of an SBA SDVOSB decision. According to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, it was improper for the VA to remove the SDVOSB from the VA’s database without evaluating whether the SBA’s...

2018 NDAA Increases Civilian Micro-Purchase Threshold to $10,000

3 Jan 2018
The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has generated lots of headlines regarding the so-called “Amazon amendment” and the Act’s prohibition on the Russian IT company Kaspersky Labs products. But gone under reported is a huge change to how the government makes small purchases....

Simple Advice for Procurement Success in 2018

3 Jan 2018
As Spend Matters gets back in the swing of things in the new year with full coverage of topics, Peter Smith addresses prospects for 2018 as well as suggesting some resolutions, ideas or goals that procurement professionals might want to adopt. He covers four key points wishes readers a happy,...

Happy New Year – And A Quick Note About The New EU Thresholds

2 Jan 2018
Happy New Year! And the new threshold levels for the European Public Procurement Regulations came into force on January 1st. These define the contract value above which certain steps must be taken, such as “OJEU” advertising of contract opportunities. The changes are based largely on currency...

Court Upholds “Draconian and Perverse” SBA SDVOSB Ownership Rules

2 Jan 2018
The SBA’s strict SDVOSB ownership rules can produce “draconian and perverse” results, but are nonetheless legal, according to a federal judge. In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims condemned the SBA’s SDVOSB unconditional ownership requirements, while holding that the SBA...

Rogue Agencies: Lower tier publics with little oversight gone rogue?

29 Dec 2017
Rogue Agencies: Lower tier publics with little oversight gone rogue?Topic keywords: Integrity in Public Procurement, Bribery in Public Procurement, Fighting Bid Rigging in Public Procurement, Preventing Corruption in Public ProcurementIn reviewing various quasi public agencies that are near purely...