OPM Appoints New CIO As It Begins Modernization Initiative

Oct 3, 2017
David Garcia, former CIO for the state of Maryland, has joined the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to serve in the same role. His appointment comes as OPM is gathering information on a new initiative to modernize the federal government’s electronic personnel file. OPM wants to use the...

AI in the Public Sector: 26 Ways AI Could Help Government Do Its Job

Oct 3, 2017
Artificial Intelligence (AI) isn’t new; computer scientists have been discussing and building it for decades. However, the availability of cheap computing, advances in algorithmic coding, and an abundance of newly available data has changed, making it easier to apply AI to everyday purposes....

14 Firms Land Spots on $998 Million Air Force IDIQ

Oct 2, 2017
The U.S. Air Force has awarded 14 companies a spot on a potential $998 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to build weapon systems for the U.S. Air Force. Contractors will research, develop, test, and evaluate weapon systems under the shared multiple-award contract. The Air...

Can the WannaCry Response Be a Model for the Future?

Oct 2, 2017
 A top Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cyber official said that government and private-sector information sharing worked during the WannaCry ransomware outbreak and wants to see similar collaboration in the future. “We were getting information from an open source perspective and from...

FedRAMP Rolls Out ‘Tailored’ Baseline for Low-Risk Cloud Offerings

Oct 2, 2017
The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) launched a ‘tailored’ baseline designed to accelerate the process for authorizing low-impact SaaS platforms for government use. The FedRAMP Tailored baseline covers low-risk systems and is meant to give authorizing officials a...

SmallGovCon Week In Review: September 25-29, 2017

Sep 29, 2017
It’s a sad day here at Koprince Law. Molly Schemm, who has been my fantastic legal executive assistant since before the firm’s doors even opened, is leaving to pursue new adventures in Alabama.  All of us here at the firm will miss Molly dearly–and we won’t be the only ones.  Molly’s...

Regional Public Procurement Bodies Commit to Sharing EU Audit Results

Sep 29, 2017
Visegrád Group (V4) countries – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – as well as Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia, have attended a joint meeting called by the Hungarian Public Procurement Authority. The public procurement bodies representing each country have signed a ‘declaration...

An e-Library for Accessing Best Practice Public Procurement Across the EU

Sep 29, 2017
Next month the European Commission intends to release a new tool for sharing good practices and solutions to common public procurement challenges, to improve the compliance and quality of public procurement across the EU. A special workshop “Procurement for better results: sharing of good...

Direct Awards of Public Works in Portugal

Sep 29, 2017
Lisbon City Council has been investigated by a Portuguese newspaper for the direct award of a €5.179.873,44 public works project to one of the largest construction companies in the country. The contract is for the repair of the Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, one of the city’s scenic...

SmallGovCon Week In Review: September 18-22, 2017

Sep 22, 2017
Greetings from Omaha, where I’ve just wrapped up a great half-day training session sponsored by the Nebraska PTAC.  If you haven’t been to Omaha, you’re missing out: I’m enjoying exploring the Old Market District, and keep wondering when I’ll run into Warren Buffett. Of course, I’m...

Better Transparency and Fairer Competition in Public Procurement for Moldova

Sep 21, 2017
The Moldovan Public Procurement Development Strategy 2016-2020 is now in a testing phase and is due to become fully operational in 2018.  eProcurement will then become mandatory for public bodies. A tool called MTender has been developed to ensure transparency at all stages of the procurement...

Ukraine Should Steer Clear of Excessive Regulations of NGOs

Sep 21, 2017
An opinion piece in the EU Observer this week calls for help in urging the Ukraine government to abandon requirements for non-government organisations to prepare extensive, what it calls, onerous, public reports about their funding and financial activities. It asks that the European Union, and...