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Bartonville, Texas has deployed a different type of public-private partnership for an infrastructure project, what one official has dubbed a “public-pizza partnership.” Bartonville Town Administrator Michael Montgomery discussed the unusual way the community had its potholes fixed. “In my six years of local government, ‘Paving for Pizza’ is the coolest project I have worked on,” Montgomery said. “While it may seem too good to be true, the concept is simple. Domino’s grants funds to a city. ...
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FedScoop invited top tech officials from civilian and defense agencies to participate in an open roundtable discussion on the challenges and opportunities surrounding emerging technologies in the federal government. While emerging technologies are often discussed in terms of changing the workforce, federal CIOs and CTOs mostly place the fate of those technologies in the hands of a willing workforce. “When you have individuals who have done the same job for 25 years, it’s very, very hard ...
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Amazon Web Services is expanding its Public Sector Contract Center, experts offered advice on getting the most from the EIS contract, and are blockchain-related contracts on the rise? This is Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for June 22, 2018. AWS Expands Cloud Contract Center for Public Sector Organizations Amazon Web Services (AWS) expanded its web-based center that works to help public sector entities find and procure multiple cloud service offerings. AWS said the Public ...
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Welcome to govshop, a single place to search, find and connect with suppliers in the public sector market. Buyers will find our market research platform easy to search, and filters like socioeconomic status and product service codes make it possible to create shortlists of relevant suppliers in seconds. Government contractors will appreciate the ability to customize their profile with the most up to date information about their products and services. It’s free to create your basic profile, ...
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Three European federations, EIC (European International Contractors), FIEC (the European Construction Industry Federation) and EuDA (the European Dredging Association) have called upon Members of the International Trade (INTA) Committee of the European Parliament to reject proposed amendments to EU regulations for third-country goods and services to access the EU’s public procurement market. This follows a proposal on International Procurement Instrument (IPI) to open up the market to third-countries ...
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As part of a €1bn ($1.16bn) development programme at Helsinki Airport, Finnish airport operator Finavia has opened a tender process for 13 retail and food & beverage concessions at Finland’s largest international airport. This is the biggest-ever for Helsinki Airport for the commercial spaces in the new Non-Schengen terminal area which is currently under construction. The tender will be executed according to the EU Concession Directive. It was issued on 18 June in the Finnish national public ...
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UK’s Crown Commercial Service is looking for a team to build a digital service for public sector users to find and transact with apprenticeship training providers. They will also integrate with a dynamic purchasing system as part of the CCS Supplier Registration Service. A new Apprenticeship Training framework agreement begins this September which provides access to a ‘one stop shop’ solution that allows both central government and wider public sector users to spend their “Apprenticeship and ...
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A report “Approximation to the geography of wasteful spending in Spain: assessment of the last two decades,” is a joint project of the universities of Barcelona, Girona, Valencia, Cantabria, Tenerife, Seville, Málaga, Alicante and Madrid’s Complutense University. It finds that Spain been wasting public money on certain public works projects. It estimates that between 1995 and 2016 government agencies spent more than €81 billion on “infrastructure that was unnecessary, abandoned, underutilized ...
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A Scottish Member of Parliament has said that firms building major public infrastructure projects should be covered by freedom of information laws. He believes citizens should have more access to understanding how Scotland’s £11 billion of tax payer money on public procurement of services is being spent. In particular the call is aimed at private enterprises carrying out public services. “Some of these firms are vast behemoths handling as much public money as a government department or council, ...
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Earlier this year Highways England announced the development of a new procurement model to deliver Smart Motorways, ‘drawing on an incentive-driven commercial model & maturing towards an integrated operating model’. It is now planning to adopt a full 10-year alliance model for its smart motorway programme, following a process of market engagement. The 10-year framework would have a five-year break, between RIS2 and RIS3, allowing flexibility for suppliers to leave or new suppliers to join. ...
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“In DOD now, everybody says they’re doing agile. But when they say they are doing agile, they mean you stand instead of sitting down at meetings, and that you use sticky notes to track tasks. If you do those things, you’re an agile god. They are still doing lengthy requirements development, and they are still designed to exact requirements. But they do this in two-week sprints.” The speaker is above is Col. Enrique Oti, who was the main presenter at the recent Code for America summit, which ...
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This week sees the final interviews and selection for the Chief Executive role at Crown Commercial Service (CCS), the UK central government collaborative buying operation. We suspect the candidates will include some – maybe even all – who are primarily private sector in terms of their background.  So why would a high-flying corporate CPO, COO or similar make that move into government? We’ve written abut this before, but here is our (refreshed) view on five of the points they might consider: ...
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Technology Modernization Board announces $45 million awards to three agencies for IT modernization efforts, DHS awards $1 billion contract as part of CDM program, and the military drone market is expected to be worth over $13 billion by 2024. This is Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for June 15, 2018.   New DHS CDM Contract Awards Worth $1 Billion The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will award cybersecurity contracts worth $1 billion this month, as its Continuous Diagnostics ...
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A new Tech Innovation Index launched by Data City shows the most active innovation communities in the UK by categories. “It goes beyond standard pre-determined geographies, enabling it to reveal previously unseen vital business and academic links across cities and county boundaries, and demonstrating that innovation communities are often made up of groups of cities or conurbations,” says Gov.UK. It shows that Cardiff and Newport (South Wales) and Bristol (south west UK) as a cluster rank 5th ...
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Lexology has run an article in the run up to the July 2018 deadline when the Federal Procurement Act 2018 will enter into force finally replacing the Federal Procurement Act 2006. It’s now more than two years since the transposition and more than one year after publication of the first transposition draft, and now enforcement will come into play. “Mandatory electronic procurement, new procedures and procurement methods and the compelling best-bidding principle are just a few examples of the numerous ...
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The UK Government’s central buying organisation, Crown Commercial Services (CCS), has launched a new suite of travel and venue solutions for the public sector. Public Sector Travel and Venue Solutions (PSTVS) will enable the booking of rail and air travel, accommodation and event services, including venue finding and hiring, at zero and low-cost booking fees. More information is on Buying Business Travel. #Europe #News #Newswire #ToolsandTemplates #Tools #UnitedKingdom #AllGovernmentLevels ...
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A proposal has been accepted for Dubai Airport Freezone Authority to form a joint team from free zones to work with government entities in an integrated and interactive way on B2B commerce. The platform, Dubai Blink, uses artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, and virtual business licenses and will enable both global companies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to set up digital businesses in Dubai free zones without the need to be there in person. Read more The Paypers ...
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A new Data Ethics Framework has been launched in the UK to make sure the Government sets the highest global standards for how public servants should use data appropriately. The scheme is the only effort by a national government to discuss the considerations public servants should make when using data to inform policy and service design, according to Government Technology. This is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s plans to boost the UK’s data capability, to increase ...
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Ordinarily, a company isn’t affiliated with the affiliates of its affiliates. That sentence may sound a little silly, but it encapsulates an important principle about the breadth of the SBA’s affiliation rules.  As demonstrated in a recent SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals decision, the SBA doesn’t apply its rules to create “chain affiliation.” Before we get to the case itself, a simple example might be helpful.  Let’s say two companies–Company A and Company B–are affiliated under the   common ...
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The webinar recording from the first installment of NASPO's Continuous Improvement Webinar Series is now available on the NASPO website, in the  Best Practices YouTube channel .  The speakers, Jason Soza (CPO, Alaska) and Richard Pennington (Life Member) issued a  "Find the Gap"   challenge. We encourage everyone to complete the challenge and email Elena Moreland at  emoreland@naspo.org  if you would like to share your "Find the Gap" continuous improvement success story. We look forward ...
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