Report: U.S. Federal Government Spend on COVID-19 Response

20 Apr 2020
Insights for Agency Leaders and Policy Makers U.S. federal government spending priorities are shifting in response to the evolving demands of the COVID-19 response. In Censeo Consulting’s latest report, they highlight several key insights from the past 4 weeks of federal spend data to inform...

EU, UK Guidance on Public Procurement Rules during COVID-19

17 Apr 2020
The European Commission has set out guidance that is relevant EU-wide and also in the UK during the Brexit transitional period (which runs to 31 December 2020) explaining the flexibility allowed under the rules in situations of procurement in extreme urgency. Purchases that are subject to public...

MOD contractors in ‘non-essential’ work investigation

16 Apr 2020
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to investigate concerns that military contractors from across the country have travelled to the north-east to carry out ‘non-essential’ work. Dozens of contractors have arrived at RAF Lossiemouth to carry out work for the MoD as well as maintenance work on...

Priorities for airline CIOs – cyber attacks

16 Apr 2020
Cyber security threats faced by the aviation industry from cyber criminals represents one of the sector’s most serious challenges. A major attack can compromise passenger safety and cause massive financial and commercial damage across the industry. A SITA report Air Transport IT Insights, found...

New UK public sector contracts are being published every day

3 Apr 2020
Recent UK policy changes allow public sector buyers to speed up tendering procedures in order to secure resources as a ‘matter of urgency,’ as we reported last week. There are still plenty of public sector contracts being published amid all the uncertainty, Tenders Direct is keeping track...

Joint procurement of protective equipment for coronavirus

26 Mar 2020
A joint European procurement initiative has been able to secure at considerable scale and at short notice protective clothing and medical equipment. Some producers have exceeded the quantities requested by the 25 member states taking part in the procurement. The European Commission used a...

Europe Establishes New Plan for AI and Data Regulation

26 Mar 2020
European Union lawmakers have suggested that a new bundle of proposals may need to be considered to create a more ethical and well-regulated future for the age of AI. The proposals include implementing new rules for high-risk AI systems that allow for traceable and transparent communication. The...

COVID-19 and the Conduct of Public Procurement

26 Mar 2020
European Governments are advising their public procurement bodies how to conduct business during the crisis – from issuing public procurement procedures, their evaluation and their award as smoothly as possible without public officials meeting in person, to temporarily accepting digital bank...

Cyber security – growing threats mean growing demand

19 Mar 2020
High-profile data leaks are becoming more common and cybercrime is forecast to inflict damages in the trillions of dollars by 2021. Investments in cybersecurity are anticipated to reach $250 billion by 2023 with spending already rising higher for 2019 than in any other industry sector. The growing...

UK Government changes procurement policy in response to Covid-19

19 Mar 2020
The UK government announced on March 18 a change in their approach to the procurement of goods and services amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with immediate effect. In order to procure goods, services and works with extreme urgency during this time of crisis when the supply chain is disrupted, the...