Digitalisation of the NHS – Cyber security in the healthcare supply chain

5 Dec 2019
Orpheus – the UK government-accredited cyber threat intelligence company – has produced a paper on cyber security risk in the supply chain of the National Health Service (NHS). It looks at key findings on leaked credentials, suppliers at risk, gives average vulnerability scores of companies it...

The shocking truth about CCS Management Consultancy Framework lot 1

5 Dec 2019
Procurement consultant Charlie Middleton, explains in a LinkedIn article “The shocking truth about CCS Management Consultancy Framework lot 1.” Its cancellation has been the source of much debate following new documents released under the Freedom of Information Act. “Following the evaluation...

The first principle of procurement – get your specification right!

5 Dec 2019
A fast-track inquiry is being held into a spending controversy surrounding the purchase of a printer, to be reported to the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee in Ireland. Legislature of Ireland officials spent €808,000 on a state-of-the-art Komori printer. But upon arrival its dimensions proved...

Public Sector Breach Threats and Perceived Value of Data

21 Nov 2019
In an anti-virus firm Sophos survey of 420 public sector IT senior managers in the UK, 50% agreed that the data held by their organisation is less valuable than data in a private sector organisation – according to The Register. “Sensitive data for up to 66 million UK citizens could become...

UK Gov needs to strengthen its contracts for social good

21 Nov 2019
The Institute for Public Policy Research said Whitehall was failing to maximise the impact of its financial clout despite a procurement budget worth 14% of the economy’s annual output and 36% of total government spending. It says the government should use the leverage from the near £300bn a...

The Procure Framework Partnership goes live nationwide

21 Nov 2019
The Procure Framework Partnership is a UK public sector construction framework which runs for four years and is valued at £8bn and is divided into 10 regions of England and Wales. It has gone live with 23 appointed contractors. BAM, Kier and Morgan Sindall are the only contractors to have secured...

Seven European cities pilot solutions to be more circular

14 Nov 2019
CityLoops is a new EU-funded project focusing on organic, and construction and demolition waste. The project will develop a series of innovative procedures, approaches and open access and open source tools to embed circularity within planning and decision-making processes for construction and...

CCS sets up £166m purchasing system for IT testing

14 Nov 2019
The UK’s central government purchasing body, Crown Commercial Service, is seeking suppliers for a four-year dynamic purchasing system agreement covering quality assurance and testing for public sector IT systems. The deal is designed to address the public sector’s need for QA testing for...