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I had a great time last week at the National HUBZone Conference in Chantilly, Virginia. If you were there, please reach out to say hi! In this week’s edition of   SmallGovCon   Week In Review , we’ll look at GSA’s new eBuy pilot program, insight into the SBA OIG’s 8(a) eligibility findings, new WHD-compliance tools from the U.S. Department of Labor, the impact of debriefings on bid protests, and much more. Have a great weekend! GSA announces it will run a year-long “eBuy Open GSA First” ...
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Microsoft is the latest major tech company to come under the scrutiny of its own employees for using innovation to support controversial missions of the government, and the USDS believes using tools like Slack, Skype, Google Suite and others could free up time for federal workers to focus more on the mission-oriented services. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for October 19, 2018. Microsoft Employees: ‘Don’t bid on JEDI’ Just as Microsoft announced it ...
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In the latest edition of The Catalyst, Ken Cole, FCIPS, looks at the insource/outsource debate. In the light of the Carillion failure, some public bodies have started the process of in-sourcing, even if the contracts are not necessarily failing, but because of political ideology, he says. And he has a word of warning – “Insourcing is just as complicated and resource hungry as outsourcing. Get it wrong and you are looking at even more cost and potentially worse outcomes than if you had not touched ...
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Viet Nam will open up its public procurement market after the Viet Nam-EU free trade agreement (EVFTA) comes into effect, writes Vietnam.net. The opening of the market will also provide opportunities for Vietnamese contractors to reach the EU’s large public procurement market. The agreement is expected to be signed at the end of this year and come into effect next year, when Viet Nam will open its public procurement market for the first time. Read more here . #Europe #News #New
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Local council Cheshire East is holding free procurement training workshops to help business people with public sector contracts. The procurement training sessions are for local businesses and are designed to support small to medium-sized enterprises and create an opportunity to secure a portion of the £200 billion spent each year by the UK public sector on private sector contracts. Read more here . #Europe #News #New
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Simplifying regulation, reducing the fragmented nature of public sector purchasing and allowing for more flexibility in NHS payment systems to allow for the introduction of new technology are all essential for better adoption of new technology, writes Lexology. The UK Government has published a voluntary code of conduct for data-driven health and care technology developers and users and has invited responses to it, before it publishes the final version in December, which will become a standard ...
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The English southeast county of Essex is planning to pool procurement resources between six other police forces in a bid to reduce costs and gain better spending power. The 7 Force Collaboration Programme is made up of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent, and they say they are seeking to enhance frontline services by promoting efficiencies though a joint procurement system. Significant work has been undertaken to analyse the contracts that exist between ...
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The Air Force’s large   NETCENTS-2   IDIQ vehicle did not require orders to be set-aside under the small business pool, except for orders valued between the micro-purchase threshold and simplified acquisition threshold. In a recent decision, the GAO held that although the NETCENTS-2 contract in question says that Contracting Officers “should” perform a “rule of two” small business set-aside analysis for orders valued over the simplified acquisition threshold, it does not   require   that such ...
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EcoProcura 2018 , the international conference on sustainable, strategic, circular and innovation public procurement, took place earlier this month in the Netherlands. We couldn’t attend unfortunately, but here are some of the highlights from the event we thought you might find of interest. Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Chairman and Initiator of the Solar Impulse Foundation, called on procurers in his opening speech to become today’s pioneers and explorers. “It is not easy to do things differently. ...
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As the workweek comes to a close, our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Michael. In government contracts news, there was plenty happening this week.  In the latest   SmallGovCon Week in Review , three people have been indicted on charges relating to procurement fraud, a new study creates a “sweetheart index” to analyze whether political donations affect government contract awards, IBM is the second company to file a pre-award protest against the Pentagon’s cloud contract, ...
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Google drops plans to compete for JEDI while IBM recently submitted a bid protest over the $10 billion cloud contract and HHS experiments with blockchain to transform acquisition. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for October 12, 2018. IBM Protesting Pentagon’s JEDI Cloud Contract IBM is the latest in a growing number of companies that have submitted protests to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) over the Department of Defense’s intent to award a ...
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When it comes to buying cyber security, it’s hard to know where to even start. A constantly changing threat environment and the diversity of government IT networks make it complicated to determine how cyber security fits into the procurement lifecycle. In situations like this, a good first step is to figure out what exactly you are buying. Are you integrating a COTS product into an existing architecture? You’ll need anti-virus and threat protection applications. Developing a new digital service ...
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On October 10 the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions claimed the 2018 CIPS Supply Management Awards Europe ultimate accolade, taking the star prize of overall winner. Networked source-to-pay solutions, e-invoicing and innovative financing services global provider Basware was celebrating its customer’s success having worked on the winning project of a nationally-scalable and innovative Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) to support a light-touch procurement regime that helps unemployed people ...
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The UK Government announced in 2015 it was replacing its emergency services communications network to provide an improved service across England, Scotland and Wales. It was supposed to generate savings or more than £200million a year by being more efficient and effective. But a significant delay out to as late as 2022, owing to “a long line of botched public-sector procurements,” is set to cost the public purse in the region of £1.2 billion. Read how in newelectronics. #Europe #News ...
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New Local Government Network (NLGN) is an independent think tank that seeks to transform UK public services. It has published a report on the government’s inability to capture detailed information on procurement with the private sector and why that is problematic. Without better data, government can't be accountable, it says, and both central and local government invest staggering amounts of money on contracts with private sector providers which should not be so poorly accounted for. The report ...
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UK Government buying organisation, Crown Commercial Service, is replacing its eSourcing platform in a framework it initially drew up worth £4 million to the winning bidder. Now that the contract notice has been issued, CCS expects the cumulative value of the deal across its four lots to be worth £10 million as a result of a high level of demand for usage from the public sector. Bids for the e-sourcing framework are open until 2 November, with a contract currently scheduled to take effect on ...
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Bloomberg writes that the US could block the UK from a 46-nation public procurement agreement after it leaves the EU, and that the UK is looking to rejoin the Government Procurement Agreement which was set up under the auspices of the World Trade Agreement. The UK currently participates in the GPA via the EU, but must now become a member in its own right in order to ensure continuity once it leaves the EU, which means it must review and update its application. A block would prevent the UK from ...
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Recently I was working on a   blog on the spread of civic tech . One of the people discussed in the blog was Kelly O'Connor, who, I discovered, had come to the U.S. Digital Service three years ago from the government contracting community. O'Connor spent eight years working at Deloitte, followed by a year at Gartner and four years at a small startup she founded with other Deloitte consultants. It struck me that the common paths into USDS were previous work in the commercial tech industry ("Silicon ...
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Amazon looms large over the world’s commerce, drawing a stark contrast to old ways of shopping, and an even starker contrast to the way government agencies buy things. In fact, there’s even a term for it: The Amazon Effect . So, when Section 846 of 2018 National Defense Authorization Act was enacted, providing for the Pentagon and other federal government agencies to buy directly from e-marketplaces, it was immediately dubbed the “Amazon Bill,” and not just because of the Amazon Effect. Introduced ...
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Amazon and USAF partner up on e-commerce program, DoD awards over $2 billion in year-end contracts, and acquisition leaders are looking to new techniques for IT modernization. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for October 5, 2018. Amazon, Air Force Team Up on E-Commerce Pilot Program The U.S. Air Force and Amazon have partnered on a pilot program that allows contracting officers to make small procurements on the company’s e-commerce portal through the use ...
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