Council Of Europe’s Anti-Corruption Monitoring Body Report

18 Jan 2018
The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption monitoring body Groups of States Against Corruption (GRECO) assesses evaluations of countries’ levels of compliance with corruption prevention. These reports contain recommendations to the evaluated countries in order to improve their compliance. It has...

Buying Procurement Technology Webinar: Meet our Panel

16 Jan 2018
We’re just a few days away from the next in our series of How to Buy Procurement Technology webinars. What started with advice on how to get started with a procurement technology acquisition has evolved to a panel of expert suppliers and industry consultants ready to share their wisdom with our...

Commercial & Contract Management – Contract End Upfront

15 Jan 2018
At the end of last year, the UK’s National Audit Office issued a very useful document titled “Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice”. We did provide an initial overview of it here, and now we are into a more detailed review of its content and findings. For...

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...

After Consolidating, Louisiana IT Continues to Improve Cybersecurity

4 Jan 2018
Louisiana set out to upgrade its computer systems and consolidating its IT efforts under the executive branch in 2014. Since the major overhaul, the state is saving millions of dollars and officials say that it’s well positioned to protect information from security threats. “A...

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,...

Doing Market-Making Doesn’t Mean You’ve Made a Market

27 Dec 2017
Market-making is an activity or process that is a relatively new element within the procurement periodic table. It started being used in the public sector in the UK perhaps 15-20 years ago, although arguably something resembling it has no doubt been going on for longer. It applies when an...

5 Steps to Automation for Federal Agencies

22 Dec 2017
It’s clear that a key aspect of any IT transformation is shifting processes from being done manually to being done automatically. Bob Osborn, federal CTO of ServiceNow, breaks down his five steps federal agencies can take to implement automation. He explains the importance of modernizing IT...

FedRAMP Issues Guide for Cloud Adoption

22 Dec 2017
The FedRAMP office’s Agency Authorization Playbook shares best practices for federal agencies that want to grant a cloud service provider permission to operate and is the summarization of five years of the office’s efforts. The playbook links to a variety of external resources and templates...

A Look at Unlocking Blockchain’s Possibilities

19 Dec 2017
Blockchain technology, best known for securing cryptocurrency, is continuing to catch the attention of federal agencies. If government can get past the hype and the misconceptions, there are some useful applications. FCW explores how to approach implementing this emerging technology and includes...

Federal Agencies Discovering New Uses for Blockchain

14 Dec 2017
By breaking blockchain down to its core concept, agencies are coming up with new uses for it, like physical asset management and smart contracts. “We think that blockchain and the distributed consensus ledger will and should have the same sort of impact that the World Wide Web has had,” said...