Accenture to Boost Public Sector Reach Through Certus

May 11, 2018
CRN writes that IT services giant Accenture has completed its acquisition of Guildford-based (England) Oracle partner Certus Solutions in a move which it claims will boost its public sector credentials. Certus is an Oracle Platinum partner with a track record of selling into the government and...

EcoProcura 2018 Launches Registration and Extends Call for Contributions

May 9, 2018
Registration is now open for the EcoProcura 2018 conference on sustainable, circular, and innovation procurement, taking place from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (Netherlands). EcoProcura 2018, marking 20 years of the conference series, will bring together over 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses,...

GovFlex Helps Government Contracting With Changes in Talent Acquisition

May 9, 2018
The revolution in talent acquisition has led to new companies harnessing technology to find qualified talent within the govcon marketplace. One example, GovFlex, is getting ready to roll out v2.0 this month. The company was founded in 2014 as an online service connecting both government agencies...

How Smart Operations Can Strengthen Federal Procurement

May 9, 2018
Federal Times There is a great need for effective procurement as a means to improve levels of education, infrastructure, public safety, and more. Yet expectations for public sector procurement continue to rise as budgets shrink and the “do more with less” mantra prevails. For leaders seeking a...

Public Spend Forum’s Public Procurement Weekly Roundup

May 4, 2018
TSA turns to DHS’ innovation program for solicitation ideas, EIS telecommunications contract receives ‘best-in-class’ designation from OMB, and more. This is Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for May 4, 2018. TSA Turning to Silicon Valley Innovation Program for Innovative IdeasThe...

SmallGovCon Week in Review: April 30 – May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018
It’s Friday and I’m looking forward to a great weekend here in the Midwest.  The Kentucky Derby will be run on Saturday, so if horses are your thing, grab your best (or most outrageous) hat, a mint julep and enjoy!  But first, it’s time to find out what is new in the wide world of...

SPP Tender Models – Good Practice Examples Published

May 3, 2018
Last week we mentioned the SPP Regions success story on its CO2 emissions project, which involved the collaboration of 31 contracting authorities carrying out 40 eco-innovative tenders. The organisation has now published 40 good practice examples (or tender models) on the range of product and...

How Small UK Firm Won Major Tech Contracts with Large US Public Authorities

May 3, 2018
This week Reuters ran a very interesting article, an interview in fact with the owner of UK small business Masabi which provides mobile ticketing solutions for transport systems. The attention-grabbing opening line read “How does a small British company win major technology contracts with large...

ProZorro – Is The End Nigh for the Public Procurement Protector?

May 3, 2018
Back in 2016 we wrote about the launch of the Ukrainian public procurement system – ProZorro – Set to Save the Ukraine from Public Sector Corruption. It was heralded as putting an end to corruption and non-transparent public procurement, and while it has been very successful for some, it has...

DHS Startup Accelerator Awards Its First Final-Phase Contract

May 2, 2018
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) is funding a system to protect video surveillance systems. The department announced a $200,000 contract to Ionic Security Inc. to complete the fourth phase of the startup outreach initiative. The Atlanta-based...