Europe’s virus furlough programs bail out 40 million workers

May 6, 2020
Bloomberg reports that European governments have had to spend large sums to protect workers during the coronavirus restrictions. More than 40 million workers have been furloughed during the shutdowns, based on data from the region’s six biggest economies, getting a portion of their pay covered by...

Tradeshift-enabled government trade finance programme launches

May 6, 2020
European fintech specialising in supply chain payments, Tradeshift, is working with the Danish Export Credit Agency (EKF) to open up much-needed liquidity to businesses in Denmark through a technology-driven supply chain financing model. Under this Danish initiative banks will be encouraged to...

Drones and Associated Products and Services framework for the public sector

May 6, 2020
The UK 100% publicly owned YPO has announced the launch of its new Drones and Associated Products and Services framework for the emergency service and the wider public sector. The first of its kind. Last year YPO was approached by the Home Office to discuss a gap in public procurement....

European regulators will not relax rules during coronavirus crisis

Apr 23, 2020
Compliance Week writes that European businesses may be putting themselves at risk because they mistakenly believe regulators are prepared to loosen the rules, lower the compliance burden, and lessen enforcement so companies can operate more easily as the coronavirus pandemic lingers on. Three areas...

eBay NHS Portal now live to supply PPE across the UK with DHSC

Apr 23, 2020
A new portal has been launched using the combined efforts of eBay, the Army and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC). The eBay NHS Portal will supply PPE to around 50,000 non-acute health providers via free access to PPE at the point of order from NHS Supply Chain. 42,000 pieces of PPE...

PSF CEO on NBC Washington Discusses Efforts to Combat COVID-19

Apr 21, 2020
Public Spend Forum is directly supporting government professionals and healthcare workers to address critical shortages for ventilators, respirators, personal protective equipment (PPE) and more, by providing free data on suppliers and inventory on GovShop. Reporter Melissa Mollet from NBC...

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

Apr 20, 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

Apr 17, 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

Apr 16, 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

Apr 16, 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...