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...

New UK public sector contracts are being published every day

Apr 3, 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

Mar 26, 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

Mar 26, 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...