CCS Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3 – Bids Open July

23 Mar 2018
  UK Crown Commercial Service (CCS) – the government commercial arm – has confirmed that it plans to launch the third iteration of the Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS) framework this year. The framework helps the public sector to find suppliers that can research, design, build, test and...

Concerns Over Security of UK Online Public Services

22 Mar 2018
An article in The Register this week pointed to the ‘insecurity’ of the UK’s public sector’s key government services. “UK.gov’s secure server setup is patchy at best,” it says, and “The security of UK government websites is inconsistent, and local authorities are among the worst...

Bids Invited for £1.6bn Heathrow Railway

22 Mar 2018
London Waterloo to Heathrow Airport is a proposed new rail line, and the UK government is inviting private investors to fund it. Transport secretary Chris Grayling announced that the government is seeking third-party involvement for proposals for the new southern rail link, which would be more than...

$5.5 Million Waiting to be Paid for Collapsed Bridge

21 Mar 2018
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will suspend all remaining federal payments, about $5.5 million, for the work on the collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University that killed six just days after being installed. “Before another dollar is spent on this bridge, we...

Germany’s Ministry of Defence Loses Top Procurement Official

16 Mar 2018
It was announced this week that the senior official in charge of reforming Germany’s defence procurement processes is leaving her post, which according to Chanel NewsAsia is a setback for the attempts in place to bring order to military buying after repeated cost overruns. She was heavily relied...

Publishing Data on Government Contracts – The Shortfall and How To Fix It

16 Mar 2018
Research by the UK’s Open Contracting Partnership, and OpenOpps, an open data start-up analysing government contracting, shows that of about 450 public contracts of the 208 public bodies spending money with Carillion, less than 50 public contract notices could be verified by searching all of the...

Estonia’s Utilities Department Re-Announces Road Procurement

16 Mar 2018
Tallinn, Estonia has announced a public procurement for the primary builder in the construction of the 1.7km Reidi Road project. The contract is anticipated to be for 550 days and bids will be selected on lowest cost – it is worth noting that the procurement was announced last year and was...

Advice for CIOs on Modernizing IT Through MGT Opportunities

12 Mar 2018
Writing in his regular Reporter’s Notebook column for Federal News Radio, Jason Miller shares advice from former CIO and public sector technology leaders on how agencies should begin the work of applying for modernization funding, either through the central account or via their own agency working...