USAID Announces First Winners of Challenge to Stop Zika

24 Aug 2016
If you’ve been watching the Olympics at all, chances are the Zika virus has been on your mind. The threat of the virus is something South Americans have been living with for some time, but it’s also now spread (minimally) to Florida, prompting the CDC to take the unusual step of issuing a...

White House Announces New Mobile Device Policy

24 Aug 2016
You knew this was coming: Following the release of category management policies that sought to improve the way the federal government purchased laptop and desktop computers, as well as software licenses, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released a new policy targeted at...

White House Requires Agencies to Go Open Source

24 Aug 2016
  If nothing else, before January 20 of next year rolls around, the Obama administration will have implemented huge changes to the way the government buys information technology, modernizing policy, approach and in the end, the tech that’s bought. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and...

The Regulatory Road Ahead for Federal Acquisition Policy

24 Aug 2016
  The final year of President Barack Obama’s final term has turned out to be a busy one in terms of federal acquisition policy. Ever since the crash of Healthcare.gov, the president has made it part of his core mission to improve the way the government buys IT. And he has often employed...

Measuring the World: The World Bank’s Public Procurement Benchmarking

23 Aug 2016
Every year the World Bank benchmarks the regulatory environments in 77 economies the world over, assessing their impact on the public procurement process. The benchmarking essentially cuts across two lines: The procurement lifecycle (how well the contract lifecycle from bid preparation to contract...

Implementing E-Procurement – Kenya Runs Into Problems

25 Sep 2015
It is not long ago that the introduction of e-procurement in Kenya was being hailed as a big success. Like many other countries in Africa and indeed other parts of the world, corruption has been a major problem in public procurement, and the introduction of e-procurement was seen as one way of...