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Speeding up the payment of public contracts

Jan 15, 2021
Erica Bosio, a researcher at the World Bank Group, Greta Polo, a private sector development analyst at the World Bank and Vinay Sharma, global director of solutions and innovations in procurement at the World Bank’s governance global practice give their take on how to speed up the payment of...

How to Bid on Government Contracts: Reviewing Government Solicitations

Jan 13, 2021
Unless you have a small army of business development professionals on your payroll, you can’t pursue all the government solicitations that match your capabilities. You need to make smart decisions about where to invest your limited resources to give your company the best chance to succeed without...

Top Government Contracting Insights of 2020

Jan 13, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced many unprecedented challenges in the public procurement space throughout 2020. Despite these difficulties, Public Spend Forum continued to provide quality learning content in the public procurement space, summarized through this reading list for government...

Why the public sector should use frameworks to comply with IR35

Jan 11, 2021
This guest post comes from Romy Hughes, director at Brightman. Some aspects of the public sector, particularly those running IT transformation projects which rely so heavily on the flexibility of contractors, have been frustrated by the perceived block on this flexibility by IR35. But they...

The Power of AI: Exploring Mars on Four Legs

Jan 11, 2021
Who let the dogs out (to Mars)? Boston Dynamics has created a four-legged mechanical robot explorer dedicated to scope out Mars. According to this article, these “Mars Dogs” have the machine technology capabilities to navigate unruly terrain and never-before-seen parts of the Red Planet. The...

Facing the Long Journey of Entering the Public Sector Marketplace

Jan 8, 2021
Episode 21 of the Public Sector Heroes Podcast feat. Jenny Clark Written by Talia Semaan YOU get a government contract, and YOU get a government contract, and YOU get a government contract! EVERYBODY gets a government contract… but only those who do their homework! It’s as if Oprah went from...

Finding the Right NAICS & PSC Codes for Your Business

Jan 7, 2021
NAICS and PSC codes are a collection of numbers, letters and requirements that confuse even the most seasoned veteran, but they are key to success in government contracting. Why? Because these commodity codes provide a useful taxonomy for organizing industries and reporting government contract...

Top 7 Virtual Public Spend Forum Events of 2020

Jan 5, 2021
The spread of the novel coronavirus in 2020 has proved to be a complex and costly issue for many areas of the public sector. Despite the challenges of 2020, Public Spend Forum continued to provide quality learning content in the public procurement space. Make sure that you didn’t miss any of the...

Flying into the Future with Winged Cars

Jan 4, 2021
2021 may just be the year of flying cars with the U.S. Air Force’s innovative test trials. Thanks to aerospace company Joby Aviation, who created the flying car, the S4, the aircraft passed the Technical Airworthiness Authority evaluation.  Upcoming flights will give analysts more information to...

Responding to COVID-19: Cold Storage

Dec 30, 2020
As 2020 comes to a close, many are optimistic as vaccines are approved and distributed. Vaccination is an effective public health measure to prevent and control a number of infectious diseases. But since vaccines are biological products and sensitive to hot and cold, they need to be maintained...

New UK Army ‘Bug’ Drones Can Spy on Targets 1.25 Miles Away

Dec 30, 2020
The emergence of drone use in the public sector has initiated many new and creative uses for this technology, ranging from utilization in ports and shipping to agricultural use to assist in emergency responses. Read more about the increasing use of drones in a variety of public sector fields and...