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It’s mid-August, which means school is back in session! If you have little ones, we hope they had a nice first few days back. But before we head out to enjoy the weekend, let’s take a look at the  SmallGovCon Week in Review . In this week’s edition, the Pentagon’s procurement process is criticized, contractors are reminded how to prep for a government shutdown (let’s hope one doesn’t happen), and more. Have a great weekend! Michael Griffin, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and ...
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Your Guide to Finding the Top Government Contractors for your Procurement Requirements Market research is an essential chore for contracting professionals looking for top government contractors who offer the best value for their customer and agency missions. Simple in concept but more difficult in execution, government market research is divided into two categories: strategic and tactical. Before we dive into our tips for improving your government market research, it is important ...
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A new pilot program accelerates contracting process for startups, Microsoft launches hybrid cloud offering, and more. This is Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for August 17, 2018. GSA Launches Accelerated Contracting Process for Startups The General Services Administration (GSA) launched a pilot program for a new service that aims to refine and accelerate the contracting process for startup companies’ and federal market entrants’ commercial offerings. The agency said the ...
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The Department of Defense’s micro-purchase threshold will double, from $5,000 to $10,000, under the   2019 National Defense Authorization Act . The increase in the DoD micro-purchase threshold will put the DoD on par with civilian agencies after Congress   increased the civilian micro-purchase threshold to $10,000   in last year’s NDAA. For several years, the standard micro-purchase threshold for both DoD and civilian agencies was $3,500.  There are some   very limited exceptions , such ...
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Lancashire County Council in northwest England will re-evaluate its tendering process for public health services following a challenge from both Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust over the procurement process which awarded the contract for 0-19 year olds to Virgin Care. “The High Court ordered the council to set aside the decision after raising issues with record keeping during the moderation element of the process,” writes Local Gov. “The ...
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Britain’s high speed railway project, HS2, which aims to link London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester to over 30 million people has been beset with criticisms. Now Spanish manufacturer Talgo has begun legal action after what it claims was a “botched procurement” process. They are challenging the fact that HS2 has allowed rival CAF back into the process after its own legal challenge, and wants it either excluded or the process to be restarted. Read the full story in New Civil ...
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Portsmouth City Council, UK south-coast local authority, will scrap its controversial energy firm in a move that will lose at least £2.5m of public money. The council said the decision was taken as the wholly-owned company, Victory Energy, “would have needed millions” of pounds of taxpayers’ money and was not predicted to pay it back for up to eight years. The firm was believed to potentially generate up to £5m in annual profit after a start-up investment by the local authority. But now Portsmouth ...
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In an interview Hungary’s head of the State Audit Office has said that several hospitals and clinics did not make regular inventories, purchase equipment and supplies without public procurement contracts and have accounting practices which were chaotic and misleading. The president of the SAO pointed out that the irregularities his office had found significantly increased the risk of corruption. But the Hungarian Association of Hospitals and the Association of Economic Leaders in Healthcare ...
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In an interview Hungary’s head of the State Audit Office has said that several hospitals and clinics did not make regular inventories, purchase equipment and supplies without public procurement contracts and have accounting practices which were chaotic and misleading. The president of the SAO pointed out that the irregularities his office had found significantly increased the risk of corruption. But the Hungarian Association of Hospitals and the Association of Economic Leaders in Healthcare ...
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A direct order worth €274 million for the 10-year management of a new facility at Malta’s St Vincent de Paul Residence for the elderly appears to be in breach of both local and EU public procurement laws, reports Times Malta. Malta is an EU Member State and bound by EU public procurement rules. A report in Times Malta gives an interesting account of how the original scope of the contract has been exceeded from what was in the tender document, including a building extension and the original value ...
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We’re halfway through the government’s fourth quarter, and experienced contractors know what that means–lots of awards on the horizon. According to a   fascinating new analysis from   USASpending.gov , the fourth quarter spike in contract awards is quite real, and quite significant: the value of average weekly contract spending in the final week of the fiscal year is more than double that of the next-highest weekly average. The   USASpending   analysis looked at ten years’ worth ...
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A Look at my Five Favorite Procurement Technology Contractors From the NCMA World Congress 2018 Exhibition Floor Public Spend Forum recently completed an awesome week in Cleveland at the National Contract Management Association’s World Congress 2018. We were there to debut GovShop , a one stop shop for free government contracting market research. If you attended this year’s conference, hopefully you got a chance to come by our booth and meet our team (or at least saw ...
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Happy Friday, everybody! It’s that time of year: federal contractors are rushing to submit bids, with the hope of awards before the end of the fiscal year. So we hope that you’re all gearing up for a relaxing weekend. Let’s get the weekend started off right with the   SmallGovCon Week in Review.  This week’s edition discusses the rush of contract awards at the end of the fiscal year, DOL’s renewed focus on disability hiring practices, federal contractors behaving badly, and more. Have a great ...
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Despite a longstanding and very common misconception, the VA’s SDVOSB verification requirement doesn’t apply to non-VA SDVOSB contracts. As the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals recently reiterated, it was “simply not correct” to believe that a company was required to be verified in VetBiz to be awarded a non-VA SDVOSB contract. Confusingly, the federal government currently runs two SDVOSB programs: one under the VA’s rules and the other under the SBA’s.  The SBA’s program (which is ...
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A government spending spree is expected over final weeks of fiscal year, Oracle filed the first bid protest again JEDI cloud contract, and much more. This is Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for August 10, 2018. Federal Agencies Prepare for Massive Spending Spree Without a budget agreement in place, agencies spent cautiously through the first two quarters of fiscal 2018 before the omnibus obligated an additional $80 billion for defense and $63 billion for civilian agencies. ...
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The Belfast Telegraph reports on the ongoing legal challenges to the procurement process for a multi-million pound roads project in Belfast, in which errors have been found by a senior judge. The project in question is for one of Northern Ireland's busiest road junctions, and means it will be subject to further delays as another court hearing is to take place in September. Earlier this year a challenge was mounted in the High Court relating to the procurement process, which led to a rival contractor ...
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The NSW government is completely rethinking how agencies and suppliers interact in terms of IT procurement. It has developed a new procurement platform, buy.nsw, which aims to simplify the process of buying and selling IT. Following months of consultation with government CIOs, government buyers and industry using one-on-one interviews, workshops and reference groups to understand the state of government procurement, it has developed this government-wide platform which it hopes will eventually ...
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Unite union, with members including 100,000 NHS staff, are calling for greater transparency over how companies secure NHS work. In particular it wishes to understand better how ‘Virgin and other private healthcare companies have acquired such a plethora of NHS contracts'. Virgin alone has secured NHS contracts worth around £2bn, so MPs on the health and social care committee have been urged to investigate how a private provider can be awarded so much. Unite head of health said: 'With the spectre ...
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The US city of Santa Clara has received a prestigious procurement award for the fifth consecutive year. The city has received the achievement for its purchasing policies and practices. The National Procurement Institute has recognised the city with an Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award in its 23 rd year of annual awards. One of the ways the city proved to meet criteria was in its all-electronic use for bids, quotes and online surplus auctions, says The Signal. City clerk and contract ...
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The Slovak Spectator has a run a story on Hungarian firms investigated by the EU’s anti-fraud office trying to do business in Slovakia. ‘Municipalities launched a tender for public lighting but their award conditions were so demanding that in the end one specific firm won almost everything. This fraud scheme that occurred years ago in Hungary has entered Slovakia as Hungarian oligarchs expand their business here,’ it explains. This follows the alleged long-running system of organised fraud created ...
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