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Public Spend Forum’s Public Procurement Weekly Roundup

19 Apr 2019
Judge lifts stay in JEDI protest, says award won’t come before July 19 and improving federal solicitations’ ‘scary low’ Section 508 accessibility compliance. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for April 19, 2019. New Proposed Schedule Forbids DOD from Awarding JEDI...

Public Spend Forum’s Public Procurement Weekly Roundup

12 Apr 2019
AWS and Microsoft left to compete for $10B JEDI contract, CBP decided to end its $297 million contract with Accenture, and HHS will launch an IT workforce acquisition pilot with USDS. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for April 12, 2019. Amazon, Microsoft Emerge as Final...

Public Spend Forum’s Public Procurement Weekly Roundup

5 Apr 2019
GSA’s IT Schedule 70 opens SINs for Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services, FBI delays $5B Justice IT services recompete, and GSA’s innovation investment arm plans to award a single-vendor BPA for agile development services. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for April...

Europe

MoD Criticised Over International Ship Building Procurement

23 May 2019
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) is facing criticism over the way it is procuring new ships to back up the Royal Navy’s giant aircraft carriers (and in its invitation to foreign firms to bid for a contract to build shops for the Royal Navy). It has already suffered a blow to its...

Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act – CIOB Response

23 May 2019
The UK Home Office has just published its “Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015: Final Report.” The construction industry, having been highlighted by the National Crime Agency as one of the most common sectors for labour exploitation in the UK owing to its ‘aggressive business...

Benefits, Not Cost, Should Be Key Focus of Major Infrastructure Projects

23 May 2019
More emphasis should be made on the whole-life benefits of major infrastructure projects than cost, says a new Institute for Civil Engineers (ICE) policy report. The report looks at how the built environment sector can reduce the gap between cost estimates and outturns for major infrastructure...

New Innovation Procurement Platform Launched!

23 May 2019
The Innovation Procurement Platform has had a face-lift giving it a new, more modern design to help encourage more innovation in the European public sector. It provides public procurers and policy-makers with a go-to place for all the latest news and resources on innovation procurement. Public...

International

New Innovation Procurement Platform Launched!

23 May 2019
The Innovation Procurement Platform has had a face-lift giving it a new, more modern design to help encourage more innovation in the European public sector. It provides public procurers and policy-makers with a go-to place for all the latest news and resources on innovation procurement. Public...

New Guidance To Help Member States Run Joint Defence Procurements 

16 May 2019
The European Commission has published guidance on co-operative procurement within defence and security. It will help member states apply the Defence Procurement Directive consistently and make use of the co-operation possibilities it offers, facilitating their participation in collaborative...

Embedding Social Values in Government Procurement

16 May 2019
The UK Cabinet Office is in mid-consultation on its latest proposals to increase social value outcomes in public procurements. The opportunity to respond ends on June 10, 2019. We discuss the proposed draft evaluation criteria, issues in interpreting what the guidance means in practice and the...

EU Member States Unique Paths Into the Circular Economy

9 May 2019
The magazine for Europe’s plastic processors, eppm, writes that EU member states are gaining traction towards a waste-free economy. An overview for all EU member states reveals 28 different paths towards the circular economy with inspiring best practices. Their roadmaps include an accompanying...