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Harrison Smith Talks Lean and the Opportunity Costs of Inefficiency

Harrison Smith continues to create positive change for his organization and his stakeholders as Deputy Chief Procurement Officer at IRS. Listen as he discusses how to champion change in government through lean methods and good old fashioned listening.

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Star Wars: Should DoD Have One JEDI Master Or Many For Massive Cloud Contract?

Industry says a single source is crazy, DoD says multiple providers is cumbersome. What do you think?

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Gen. Wendy M. Masiello, USAF (Ret.) Talks Culture, Communication, And Talent

In episode 6 of the Procurement Leader podcast, Raj Sharma of Public Spend Forum speaks with General Wendy M. Masiello, USAF (Ret.), about her distinguished career as an acquisition executive in the DoD and her advice for leaders and staff alike for success in the procurement profession.

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Advanced new virtual assistants like San Francisco’s PAIGE are bottling and distributing government’s hidden institutional knowledge. San Francisco city procurement officials are experimenting with the new chatbot for internal use that is expected to clarify one of government’s ...
DoD standing firmly in its second draft of JEDI cloud contract, DHS hires U.K. firm to tackle border security, and a look at San Francisco’s IT procurement chatbot. This is Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for April 20, 2018. OMB, GSA Leaders Highlight TMB Framework’s ...
A province of Toronto Canada has announced it is eliminating the fees businesses have to pay to access procurement contracts. Although not a European story, we wonder whether it’s an initiative that may encourage other provinces, indeed other regions, that do charge, to do the ...
Last year, we introduced here on Public Spend Forum the Open Opps (as in “opportunities”) platform that is monitoring public sector contract opportunities in the UK and more widely. A recent initiative has seen the site now offering a spend analysis tool which enables users ...
In the UK, the House of Lords, Science and Technology Committee, is running an inquiry into off-site manufacturing for the construction industry. This involves the construction of components before they are brought together for final assembly at their destination. In looking ...
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The UK’s Government Opportunities (GO) is the leading media channel for all issues relating to buying for and supplying to the public sector. GO also hosts the UK National GO Awards – which are an annual opportunity for public, private and third-sector organisations to demonstrate ...
With the passage of the Modernizing Government Technology Act and growing conversation on digital transformation, there’s no question that the technology and desire to modernize government are there. But plans and technology alone are not enough. New approaches to acquisition ...
For as long as I can remember, Harrison Smith has been a champion for change in our procurement profession. During his final two years at the Department of Homeland Security, he promoted quality industry-government communication through an innovative "flip of the script" method ...
The UK House of Lords appointed a Select Committee last year to examine Artificial Intelligence and its potential impact, both positive and negative, on UK society, economy, regulations and ethics. The report has now been published and it urges the UK government to take more ...
In the UK, the House of Lords, Science and Technology Committee, is running an inquiry into off-site manufacturing for the construction industry. This involves the construction of components before they are brought together for final assembly at their destination. In looking ...
  • I think we can learn a lot from evolutionary biology when it comes to productive supply ecosystems -  https://www.ted.com/talks/margaret_heffernan_why_it_s_time_to_forget_the_pecking_order_at_work/transcript?language=en and http://freakonomics.com/podcast/animal-economics/ ...

  • ​Wisconsin DOA State Bureau of Procurement has a very cool IT Procurement "Best Practice Playbook" that gets into negotiating IT contracts.  Contact sara.redford@wisconsin.gov.  I am looking for an IT negotiation checklist with clauses, what they mean and ideal position.  Can't ...

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