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On Wednesday, June 6, Public Spend Forum convened a Technology Procurement Symposium to identify barriers to government’s adoption of emerging technology and to highlight companies of all sizes that are making a difference in the civic tech space. Held ...
OMB hopes a new strategy will accelerate cloud adoption, GSA aims to streamline acquisition for feds, and much more. This is Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for July 13, 2018. How Machine Learning Could Help Make Sense of Gov IT Spend The ...
A recent UK Highways/ FiTZ INDEX survey has revealed that the majority of respondents (54.3%) disagreed or strongly disagreed that ‘procurement in the highways sector is fair for non-Tier One suppliers and for new entrants.’ It paints a worrying picture ...
The English county of Cornwall has begun the procurement process for a new 10-year waste management contract worth £20 million a year – this is one of the country’s largest waste-collection contracts. The contract will begin in April 2020, following the ...
One of the first -- and even more than two decades later, still one of the most important -- changes during the procurement reform era of the 1990s was the introduction of a “micropurchase” authority in the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1995. ...
FLASH could get a new life, at least in parts, in the next DHS IT services contract now under development, SEWP prepares for the year-end surge, and more. This is Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for July 6, 2018. Ten Challenges of OTAs ...
The contract for the technology within the new National Health Service “Future Operating Model” (FOM), the central procurement and supply chain structure that will lead on 11 common spend categories across the UK NHS, has been awarded. And the lucky ...
The WTO Agreement on Government Procurement is a multilateral treaty with a limited number of participants and regulates the procurement of goods and services for public use. The United States, the EU, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, Singapore, Moldova, ...

Agricultural Products

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The InnProBio European project has launched an online toolbox for bio-based procurement in the public sector. The toolbox is a starting point for public buyers to learn about the various bio-based products available on the market when considering alternatives ...
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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 ...
Ed Harper, the Food and Nutrition Service’s director of the Office of Program Integrity for Child Nutrition Programs, worked with the Presidential Innovation Fellows to create a new online application prototype for free and reduced lunches. Harper explains ...

Clothing, Textiles & Subsistence S&E

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Electronic & Communication Equipment and Services

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An Edinburgh-based SME has landed a pivotal role in one of the UK’s largest recent public sector contracts that will see Glasgow evolve its digital city status, says Digital by Default . Scotland’s largest independent telecoms firm, Commsworld, has finalised ...
Through a network of connected devices, Boston-based startup, Charles River Analytics, hopes to make cycling a safer activity by allowing bicycles to communicate with connected vehicles and smart-city technology to promote safer shared roadways. Las Vegas ...
After success with a chatbox tool on the city’s procurement website, El Paso officials are considering how to implement it across other platforms. Ask Laura provides users with a “customer service experience that provides immediate information on topics ...
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Facilities, Infrastructure & Construction

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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 ...
A proposed nuclear site in Wales, the Wylfa nuclear plant, will be funding in a tri-partite agreement between Hitachi, state-backed Japanese entities and the UK Government. The UK business secretary has announced that the UK will be using public money ...
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 ...
London Waterloo to Heathrow Airport is a proposed new rail line, and the UK government is inviting private investors to fund it. Transport secretary Chris Grayling announced that the government is seeking third-party involvement for proposals for the ...
Construction News reports that a supply chain squeeze will push up tender prices. They are anticipated to rise in 2018 owing to the supply chain being unable to support rising input costs, according to Mace’s cost consultancy arm. The company has revised ...
Highways England is seeking the views of its supply chain in the development of a new procurement model for its Smart Motorways Programme. “The aim of the new model is to enable Highways England to achieve its ambitions for the strategic road network ...
Crumbling infrastructure can be fixed if we change how we fund capital investments and maintenance, according to Dr. John Brown Miller, principal at Ironside Strategies and recognized expert on infrastructure. As he explains, the separation of capital ...
Global procurement intelligence advisory firm, SpendEdge, has launched its Waste Management Procurement market intelligence report. It aims to help buyers understand the current supply landscape of the facility management sector. It outlines the difficulties ...

Human Capital (Development)

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The General Services Administration (GSA) is seeing slow, steady growth for its Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCATS) government-wide contract. Tiffany Hixson, the assistant commissioner for GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service’s Office of Professional ...
With 2016 being one of the most active years for federal IT contracts, 2017 is shaping up to be one the most competitive. Several large, high-ceiling, government-wide acquisition contracting vehicles (GWACs) hit the street last calendar year, with approximately ...

Industrial Products and Services

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“Thoughtless reliance on technology is a liability.” This quote did not come from a disgruntled acquisition professional in the Pentagon, but from noted author Jim Collins in his eponymous business book, Good to Great . He did not have had the third ...

Information Technology (IT)

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On Wednesday, June 6, Public Spend Forum convened a Technology Procurement Symposium to identify barriers to government’s adoption of emerging technology and to highlight companies of all sizes that are making a difference in the civic tech space. Held ...
OMB hopes a new strategy will accelerate cloud adoption, GSA aims to streamline acquisition for feds, and much more. This is Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for July 13, 2018. How Machine Learning Could Help Make Sense of Gov IT Spend The ...
The UK central government buying organisation Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has made progress into creating Crown Marketplace, destined to change how the public sector buys its common goods and services as the next generation of Digital Marketplace in ...
USDS debuts new acquisition training program for digital specialists, recent FITARA scorecard shows most federal agencies backslid in their implementation of the IT acquisition law, and GSA wants to make it easier for agencies to acquire cybersecurity ...
The UK Government’s Science and Technology Committee has released a report as the GDPR becomes effective, and in the wake of the recent controversy around Cambridge Analytica. The report acknowledges the huge opportunities that algorithms can bring to ...
According to responses to Freedom of Information requests from The Register , and open data from the government’s cloud computing G-Cloud digital marketplace, spending on Cloud services is slowing for certain UK government departments, agencies and local ...
The UK government has announced a competition for tech firms to come up with innovations that will improve public services, writes Computer Weekly, encouraging better use of technology in the public sector, and connecting tech suppliers to potential customers ...
CRN writes that IT services giant Accenture has completed its acquisition of Guildford-based (England) Oracle partner Certus Solutions in a move which it claims will boost its public sector credentials. Certus is an Oracle Platinum partner with a track ...

Healthcare (Products and Services)

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Illinois Comptroller Susan Mendoza has published a column in the State Journal-Register about concerns she has over proposed changes to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services's Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) system. Mendoza writes: ...

Office Management

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Understanding markets and supplier capabilities is critical to engaging a market, developing a purchasing strategy and meeting your organizational needs. Given how time intensive and time-consuming market intelligence can be, we have tried to make the ...
With so many options and configurations, printers and other hardware is often cited as a difficult category to wrangle. With that in mind, we've put together a quick reference guide with data and market insights, to help inform your buy. The following ...

Professional Services

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If you're planning to buy a business intelligence solution, how will you make sure your project isn't one out of every two that will fail ? There are common reasons for this high failure rate, and some relatively easy steps that you as a buyer can take ...
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As more and more citizen services move from paper-based to digital, the benefits gained are underlined by cybercriminals lurking in the digital shadows. How should procurement and program professionals begin thinking about the products or services available ...
UK Local Government Association (LGA) on July 11 released its ‘National technological and digital procurement category strategy’ guidance. It is intended to help councils make the right choices in procuring contracts for IT services. The strategy calls ...
Research and analysis firm Nation Analytics has published a new "Government Services Competitive Intelligence Report," finding that most major services contracts—defined as valued at $50 million or more—are re-competes, and aren't seeking leading-edge ...
We threatened recently to run a series on buying professional services in the context of public sector organisations and buyers. That came about in part through a report that identified spend by central government in the UK on consultants was rising again ...
How to evaluate price in tenders is a topic that isn’t much discussed, but one that I have been personally interested in for many years. If we are bringing together price and non-price factors (quality, social issues, service etc) in a tender evaluation, ...
Whether you're buying off a common contract or preparing your own solicitation, with shifting responsibilities and definitions, custodial services can be a slippery category to grasp. In this edition of our purchasing insights series, learn about the ...

Transportation & Logistics Services

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The UK Secretary for Transport has announced a £2 million funding boost to improve customer journeys and connectivity in the South East of England. The Department for Transport says the plans will allow people in Kent, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire ...
This week Reuters ran a very interesting article, an interview in fact with the owner of UK small business Masabi which provides mobile ticketing solutions for transport systems. The attention-grabbing opening line read “How does a small British company ...
Through a network of connected devices, Boston-based startup, Charles River Analytics, hopes to make cycling a safer activity by allowing bicycles to communicate with connected vehicles and smart-city technology to promote safer shared roadways. Las Vegas ...
Chief Executive of Highways England, Jim O’Sullivan, has revealed the highways body is looking at new ways to award work based on contractor performance as part of its new procurement model. We read in New Civil Engineer  that contractors could be judged ...
Before the holidays I came across a piece in Fortune called The Great Rocket Race . The article details the feverish efforts underway by the United Space Alliance, a decade-old joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin that launches space satellites ...
The most outstanding innovative procurement activities were showcased last week at the Procura+ Awards in Sweden. We have been highlighting the shortlisted entries for the past couple of weeks, here and here . These awards are part of the ICLEI ...

Travel & Lodging

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Vehicles

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The UK Secretary for Transport has announced a £2 million funding boost to improve customer journeys and connectivity in the South East of England. The Department for Transport says the plans will allow people in Kent, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire ...
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The New York Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) commissioner cites drone usage as a key driver of more efficient work and taxpayer savings. The department’s fleet of 22 drones are used for a variety of purposes across the state, from mapping ...
Drones have many potential and diverse applications for government, but with the technological and regulatory environment quickly evolving, purchasing them presents different procurement challenges. The National Association of State Procurement Officials ...
Government Product News   reports on a market study conducted by The Freedonia Group that predicts a surge in government spending on drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles. By 2025, the study predicts that government spending will be at $250 million, ...
Tractica , a market intelligence firm, released a study that projects the demand for automotive artificial intelligence (AI) hardware, software, and services will explode to $14 billion by 2025. These AI systems incorporate data and advanced algorithms ...
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) focuses on improving road safety by setting and enforcing standards for driving and vehicles in the UK. It recently announced, during its technology transformation programme, how it is changing from using ...

Weapons & Ammunition

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In more defence news this week, Forces Network , explains that the UK Ministry of Defence is facing a £2.9bn gap in its programme to maintain and renew the country’s Trident nuclear deterrent. The National Audit Office (NAO) has said that the MoD is ...
In a major change in UK military policy, the emergency procurement of new equipment in response to field commanders to deal with emerging threats now has to be paid out of the UK Ministry of Defence’s own budget rather than from the UK Treasury’s (finance ...
The New York Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) commissioner cites drone usage as a key driver of more efficient work and taxpayer savings. The department’s fleet of 22 drones are used for a variety of purposes across the state, from mapping ...
Product innovation in the U.S. Department of Defense follows an implicit rule: “Better, cheaper, faster—pick two.” Today, the military is simultaneously confronted with declining budgets, skyrocketing system development costs, and a diverse spectrum of ...
We have written previously about the idea of European co-operation in terms of defence procurement. It has been discussed for many years, but little tangible has really happened. But last month there was an announcement of funding for two specific initiatives. ...
“Thoughtless reliance on technology is a liability.” This quote did not come from a disgruntled acquisition professional in the Pentagon, but from noted author Jim Collins in his eponymous business book, Good to Great . He did not have had the third ...
There appears to be trouble brewing over a new procurement systems implementation at the UK’s Ministry of Defense (MOD). Last year, the MOD announced that it was “changing and improving its procurement systems, to provide a more, effective ...
We found an excellent article here on the foreignpolicy.com website by Elisabeth Braw, looking at the issues around countries sharing military procurement. It is both interesting to the casual reader and informative, and raises some interesting procurement ...