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Public Spend Forum’s Public Procurement Weekly Roundup

7 Dec 2018
USAF’s new initiative aims to speed acquisition for tech products and services, DHS releases list research areas it plans to pursue in partnership with innovative small businesses, and GSA plans to rollout schedules reform through 2020. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup...

Public Spend Forum’s Public Procurement Weekly Roundup

30 Nov 2018
GSA plans to consolidate 24 multiple award schedules into one, IBM adds to its JEDI cloud contract protest, and are agencies making the grade on cyber hygiene? DHS looks to find out with AWARE algorithm. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for November 30, 2018.   CDM...

Public Spend Forum’s Public Procurement Weekly Roundp

16 Nov 2018
GAO shuts down Oracle’s JEDI protest, DHS plans to make a decision on EAGLE II by the end of the year, and Northrop owes $30 million for fraudulent costs. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for November 16, 2018.   Oracle’s JEDI Protest Denied The Government...

Public Spend Forum’s Public Procurement Weekly Roundup

9 Nov 2018
IBM’s acquisition could reshape the federal cloud landscape, a new toolkit is giving small cities a big chance for procurement innovation, and Amazon HQ2 could pose an issue for defense firms. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for November 9, 2018. IBM’s Planned Red Hat...

GSA Develops Pilot Program, Offers Range of Advantages to Start-ups

7 Nov 2018
The GSA Procurement Innovation Resource Center (PIRC) is an internal resource center that provides guidance and tools to assist the GSA acquisition teams with incorporating innovation into procurements. PIRC was created to implement the new commercial solutions opening procedure detailed below as...

Europe

Social Value Act Misused by Some UK Councils

13 Dec 2018
We’ve written previously about how the UK government is strengthening the Social Value Act to require commissioners to explicitly evaluate social value when they tender a contract. Consideration of the wider social value must be added by each bidder. But CivilSociety reports from the annual...

EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement Endorsed

13 Dec 2018
European Parliament News announces that Parliament has endorsed a ‘landmark’ EU-Japan free trade agreement to allow free trade and remove most duties on EU goods exported to Japan. Wine, cheese, beef, pork, pasta, chocolate and biscuits will enter duty-free either immediately or after a...

GPP Helpdesk Webinar – Purchasing Green Cleaning Products and Services

6 Dec 2018
December 18th at 14:00 CET (15.00 GMT). This is the second of two Webinars organised as part of the European Commission’s Helpdesk service on Green Public Procurement (GPP). This is a forum for stakeholders in public sector procurement to learn about important new developments in the resources...

Procurement Needs Huge Cultural Shift for a Digital NHS

6 Dec 2018
This week Public Finance ran an opinion piece from Colin Cram, a public sector consultant specialising in procurement who has worked in the UK public sector for over 40 years. He discusses, at some length, how a digitally enabled UK NHS (National Health Service) could transform medical treatment...

International

Guide for Overseas Companies On How To Access NHS Procurement Channels

4 Oct 2018
The UK government has issued guidance for overseas companies on how to access NHS (the country’s National Health Service) procurement channels in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also outlines the aims of the new NHS Supply Chain operating model put in place to improve...

No Deal Brexit Pledge of a New Online Procurement Portal to Replace OJEU

26 Sep 2018
  “It’s our duty as a responsible government to prepare for all eventualities, including ‘no deal’, until we can be certain of the outcome of those (UK/EU) negotiations,” says Gov.uk. This refers to, in the event of a ‘no deal’ EU exit, what the government is putting in place...