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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, ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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The European Commission announced this week it is opening up a public consultation on how to improve the food supply chain. The European agricultural sector has become increasingly integrated into global markets, and, while this has created important business opportunities, it has also exposed farmers to greater market uncertainties and increased price volatility. Because farmers often work independently of each other, they have little, if any, collective bargaining power over other parts of ...
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A heads-up for our readers that the competition is now open for manufacturers to submit their bids to supply 80 new trams for the city of Milan. The public transport operator, ATM, is offering a six-year contract, with an initial order for 30 trams . The total contract value is estimated €213 million. Manufacturers have until January 2018 to submit bids. More details on Global Rail
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The UK Government Digital Service is looking for a new approach to the procurement and contracting of digital and technology services in central government. The aim is to remove as much ‘friction’ as possible from the process and attract suppliers with the right products, skills and services who can work with the public sector to deliver successful projects. A group from the Digital Marketplace, focusing on ICT procurement reform, is producing a “playbook” to help public sector organisations reform ...
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Agile development is driving innovation in IT and government services and two Department of Homeland Security officials say it should also stretch to the contracting office. Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation Program Manager Kevin Cox and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Deputy CISO Shane Barney said their offices have both drafted and executed contracts quickly by applying agile principles to their procurements. These principles also have the potential to help minimize ...
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The Heritage Foundation is recommending that hundreds of thousands of federal jobs be replaced by automation as part of a larger government reorganization strategy. Referencing research on the possible impacts of automation on the United Kingdom's civil service, the foundation's authors estimated that similar efforts across the U.S. government could yield $23.9 billion in reduced personnel costs and a reduction in the size of the federal workforce by 288,000. Full Story: FCW ...
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The UK’s Department of Education is planning to cancel all its contracts with one of the largest suppliers of adult training, Learndirect. The government funds training initiatives such as technical and business apprenticeships for teenagers and adults, and literacy training.  What makes this particularly interesting is the history of Learndirect. It was created by the government itself in 2000, then was privatised by the Cameron-led coalition government in 2011. It is now majority owned by ...
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Technology is changing procurement—in nearly all aspects. Yet, adoption of technology in the public sector, in spite of global government spending almost $10 trillion every year, is very low. Public Spend Forum, in collaboration with academia and experts from around the world, will host a public procurement technology symposium focused on educating public sector practitioners on the benefits of and the market landscape for procurement technology. ...
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Department of Defense (DOD) officials hope the use of Common Access Cards (CAC) is coming to an end as they continue to test new identity management solutions. Col. Tom Clancy, identity and asset management lead in the DOD CIO's office, said "DOD is piloting vendor products that complement the CAC by addressing the use cases that CAC was unable to support," he said. Former DOD CIO Teri Takai advised those hoping that DOD will select a solution quickly to be patient and let the evaluation process ...
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Budget experts say federal contractors should be prepared for a possible government shutdown on  Oct. 1 . Since this happened in 2013, contracting officers may be better equipped to answer questions about agencies’ shutdown preparations and how they’ll implement guidance from the Office of  Management and Budget, if the government did close.  Federal News Radio  outlines the four things federal contractors need to know to prepare for this eventuality. Full Story: Federal News ...
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If a provision in the House version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act becomes law, the world of federal procurement could face major changes. The House-passed provision would direct the General Services Administration to engage at least two e-marketplaces for governmentwide use, with Amazon being talked up as the early leader. The marketplace contracts could be awarded without competition, while purchases on them automatically would satisfy requirements for full and open competition ...
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Strategy and tactics for the Brexit negotiations are clearly complex for all parties. We can argue about how much of it is genuinely win: win in nature and which elements are somewhat more binary. In some areas, if the UK doesn’t pay an element of the “divorce” settlement, then the other 27 countries will pick up the bill, so that does look somewhat win: lose. But in other cases, there should be options which allow a positive outcome for both sides. We haven’t had much of a sense yet of ...
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Virginia IT products and services company, ADS Inc., has agreed to settle with the government over allegations of false claims and fraud in federal small business contracts. The defense contractor and their subsidiaries will pay the U.S. government $16 million to settle the False Claims Act allegations. The Virginia-based contractor allegedly took part in illegal bid rigging schemes that “deprived legitimate small businesses of valuable federal contracting opportunities,” according to a statement ...
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