Can Drones Fulfill a Public Safety Role?

16 Nov 2017
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has set up no-fly zones for drones in various parts of the country for assorted reasons. However, drones have successfully joined in searches and just last week in North Carolina, one located an elderly woman after just 25 minutes of searching. The hope is...

VA Awards $158 Million Contract to Digitize Health Records

13 Nov 2017
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) selected Virginia-based information technology company, CSRA, to help its ongoing efforts to digitize veteran health records ahead of the development of its new electronic health records system. The agency awarded a $158 million task order to digitize more...

Will CCS Tech Services 2 Framework Open Up Public Procurement to SMEs?

10 Nov 2017
Government Computing asks whether the UK Crown Commercial Service Tech Services 2 framework changes will be more beneficial to smaller businesses in  “Will Technology Services 2 changes open up public sector procurement to SMEs?” Five major central government frameworks are scheduled between...

NHS Hospitals To Be Ranked On How Much They Spend on Goods and Services

10 Nov 2017
UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced this week that NHS hospitals throughout the country will be ranked in a ‘Procurement League Table’ according to how much they are spending on goods and services. With ongoing wide variation in the amount hospitals are charged, and pay, for everyday...

More EU Trade Mark Changes

10 Nov 2017
Various changes to the EU Trade Mark regulation have been taking place since March 2016, but some were established to start from October 2017. The changes that came into force last month from the European Union Intellectual Property Office are outlined on the Lexology website, namely these include...

InnProBio Launches Online Toolbox for Buyers

10 Nov 2017
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 to plastics produced from fossil-based...

SmallGovCon Week in Review: November 6-10, 2017

10 Nov 2017
Happy Veterans Day to all our SmallGovCon readers. We hope that you will take some time today and tomorrow to honor the strength, loyalty and commitment that our brave veterans dedicated to this country. Veterans, we are deeply grateful for your service. This edition of SmallGovCon Week In...

IT Funding, Amazon Amendment Survive Defense Authorization Bill Conference

10 Nov 2017
The Senate Armed Services Committee released summary details of the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act following conference negotiations to merge House and Senate versions. Highlights in the summary include the creation of a $500 million modernization fund through the Modernizing...

Congress Gets Closer to Final NDAA, Amazon Provision Remains Real Possibility

8 Nov 2017
As House and Senate conferees close in on the 2018 National Defense Authorization (NDAA) bill, the controversial “Amazon” provision is still in play. Section 801 of the House version of the NDAA would require the General Services Administration to create one or more online marketplaces for...

Smaller Cities Are Getting Smarter About How They Buy Things

8 Nov 2017
Performance-based contracting and electronic purchasing platforms have been a best practice in big cities for years. Now some mid-sized municipalities are adopting these approaches but implementing shifts isn’t easy. Generally, smaller cities have been slow to fully embrace e-procurement and...

How Can Government Deliver an Amazon-Like Service Experience to Constituents?

8 Nov 2017
States at the forefront of developing a unified, customer-centric digital government experience share some of their top insights. Others can learn from Georgia, Utah, and Ohio. Georgia’s work has been fostering buy-in across agencies, data-driven decision-making and creating one source of...

Salient Characteristics in Government Solicitations: Close Isn’t Good Enough

6 Nov 2017
It’s a Sunday afternoon and instead of watching football (CHIEFS!), you’re shopping for a new refrigerator. You explain to the salesman your must-haves: a black refrigerator with a bottom-drawer freezer and an in-door water dispenser. But rather than showing you refrigerators that meet your...