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After a long week that included two ice storms here in the Midwest, I hope you’re ready for a relaxing weekend.  But first, it’s Friday, which means that it’s time for the  SmallGovCon Week In Review.  In today’s edition, a Utah man pleads guilty to wire fraud and money laundering for his role in a scheme to obtain government construction contracts set aside for SDVOSBs, a former CEO pleads guilty to an $8.1 million “Made In The USA” marketing scheme and government contract fraud, the federal ...
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The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) released the second part of a series on IT Software Procurement. The first practice on IT Procurement provided an overview of the four commodity types of software, hardware, services, and support, and maintenance. This second practice explores the special and unique considerations that go into this selective purchase and takes a closer look at IT software procurement and its unique considerations such as licensing, source code, and data ownership. ...
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Federal agencies have been rushing to adopt drones for various uses like border surveillance by the Department of Homeland Security, weather monitoring by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and inspections of decommissioned radiation sites by the Department of Energy. Interior officials say their drone program has been used on missions including mapping archaeological sites, wildlife studies, and inspections of remote infrastructures. “We are seeing as a rule of thumb they’re ...
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Newly announced, Tenderlake is a UK start-up of 2016 with a SaaS solution that leverages Artificial Intelligence to help organisations find and win more public tenders. It scours websites and marketing materials, then finds customers with open opportunities to supply the products and services and then creates a steady stream of open opportunities to supply them. Its customers include a diverse range of public sector suppliers ranging from global technology and professional services companies, ...
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Palm oil supply chains are complex as the fruit changes hands many times from farmers to agents before it reaches a mill. It is then transported via traders to refineries for further processing, when it enters a company's supply chain – explains Jakarta Globe here . This week giant consumer goods firm Unilever says it has laid bare its entire palm oil supply chain, including all the suppliers and mills it sources from, to boost transparency in the $62 billion industry. It is being called a ...
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Italy's Economy Ministry has sent Parliament a draft ministerial decree for the “approval of a multi-year programme for the acquisition of Medium Altitude Long Endurance remotely piloted aircrafts,” writes The MediTelegraph . The Air Force is likely to buy the drones from Piaggio Aerospace and for a sum of 766 million euro. This is part of the allocation of a 47 billion euro investment and development fund set out in last year’s budget. The budget allocated to the Defence Ministry for “high-tech ...
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The Slovakian state railway operator plans to purchase rails and has announced a tender with an estimated price of just under €19 million, excluding VAT. A further public tender has been launched for welding works and connected activities over a period of two years, worth an estimated €12 million without VAT. More on the Slovak Spectator . #Europe #News #Newswire #SolicitationandAward #Veh
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Oxygen Finance is poised for growth following the successful completion of parent company’s (TruFin) IPO on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Oxygen Finance works principally with public sector businesses to improve the operational effectiveness of their purchase-to-pay systems and help them to deliver against social value objectives. More details on the website here . #Europe #News #Newswire #MarketIntelli
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Labour Market Insight specialists, Emsi explains how good local knowledge may prove crucial to a successful bidder in the prison education framework Invitation to Tender now live in the UK. “One of the areas that is likely to mark out a successful bid from an unsuccessful one, is the ability of a provider to demonstrate competence in understanding and identifying the skills needs of employers in a prison area,” it says. By demonstrating that they are capable of establishing ‘occupation demand’ ...
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Power purchase agreements (PPAs), contracts that sell energy directly to large corporate and industrial customers through multi-year supply contracts rather than to the wholesale market, are gaining traction in the European wind power sector. With increasing decentralisation “The wind market is currently driven by the increasing competitiveness of wind power pricing … Motivated by this, the global energy market is witnessing a shift from standard electricity model, where the major utilities ...
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Effective buying requires skill, one that enables us to determine exactly   how   we should buy in any given situation.     As part of this we must consider where we might buy from, our needs and wants, and the most effective way to satisfy these. We must also consider the relationship with our suppliers and how a contract will be established. When put together, these considerations form our buying approach and below are five key factors to consider when determining how we will buy.   ...
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Civilian agencies may issue class deviations to quickly implement provisions of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act increasing the micro-purchase threshold to $10,000 and the simplified acquisition threshold to $250,000. In a memorandum for civilian agencies issued on February 16, the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council says that agencies may elect to adopt interim authority allowing their Contracting Officers to take advantage of these higher thresholds, even as the FAR Council goes ...
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The collapse of one of the largest suppliers to the UK public sector, services and construction firm Carillion, is leading to some soul-searching about the whole nature of the relationship between private sector service providers and their government clients. At the extreme, we have some commentators saying that “nothing should be outsourced,” which is clearly ridiculous.  Government is never going to develop its own ERP software solutions, run its own hotels or develop mobile phone networks. ...
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A subsidiary cannot file an SBA size protest on behalf of its parent company. Last week, I wrote about an SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals case holding that a parent couldn’t file a size appeal on behalf of its subsidiary .  Unsurprisingly, it turns out that the same principles apply to initial size protests, too. OHA’s decision in Size Appeal of Conrad Shipyard, LLC , SBA No. SIZ-5873 (2017) involved a DOT solicitation for the construction of an ice-breaking tugboat.  The solicitation ...
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The collapse of one of the largest suppliers to the UK public sector, services and construction firm Carillion, is leading to some soul-searching about the whole nature of the relationship between private sector service providers and their government clients. At the extreme, we have some commentators saying that “nothing should be outsourced,” which is clearly ridiculous. Government is never going to develop its own ERP software solutions, run its own hotels or develop mobile phone networks. ...
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Love was in the air this week with Valentine’s Day falling on Wednesday.  If all the chocolate and flowers distracted you from the latest and greatest in government contracting news, you’re in luck.  It’s time for our weekly roundup, the S mallGovCon Week in Review . In today’s edition, a California father-and-son team pleaded guilty to using false financial statements and other lies in order to win more than $4 million in federal contracts, one commentator says the Department of Homeland Security ...
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Public sector organizations may experience great benefit from business intelligence (BI) solutions, but not without diligence in the planning process to understand why they need it and which business challenges are to be solved. This was one of several themes discussed during Public Spend Forum's webinar on How to Buy Business Intelligence. Joined by panelists from Censeo Consulting Group, the webinar presented findings from a recent report on the marketplace for public sector BI technologies ...
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The Department of Interior’s fleet of drones are mostly hand-me-downs from the Department of Defense and cost less than a single one of its manned aircraft. They have been useful in jobs like dam inspections and wildlife surveys, cutting down the time to complete the task at a fraction of the cost. “Traditionally drones have been thought of as instruments of the military … ” said Mark Bathrick, director of the Office of Aviation Services at the Department of Interior. The agency, however, has ...
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Many purchasing executives are looking to drive procurement transformation, only to fall short. In this webinar, we’ll examine the key issues and provide recommendations for using data and analytics to help procurement to drive greater enterprise value.    Register today! #Upcoming
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When an agency solicits competitive proposals to establish multiple blanket purchase agreements, the agency may include “on-ramp” procedures to potentially award additional BPAs at a later date. In a recent bid protest decision, the GAO confirmed that the FAR allows agencies to use on-ramp procedures to add additional BPAs–and that on-ramped BPA holders don’t enjoy an inherent unfair competitive advantage, at least not under the facts at issue. The GAO’s decision in Al Baz 2000 General Trading ...
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