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New Practices in IT Software Procurement

The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) released the second part of a series on IT Software Procurement. The first practice on IT Procurement provided an overview of the four commodity types of software, hardware, services, and support, and maintenance. This second practice explores the...


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The Five Factors That Shape How We Buy

Effective buying requires skill, one that enables us to determine exactly how we should buy in any given situation. As part of this we must consider where we might buy from, our needs and wants, and the most effective way to satisfy these. We must also consider the relationship with...


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Why Outsource? Here Are Some LESS Good Reasons (Part 2)

The collapse of one of the largest suppliers to the UK public sector, services and construction firm Carillion, is leading to some soul-searching about the whole nature of the relationship between private sector service providers and their government clients. At the extreme, we have some...


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SmallGovCon Week In Review: February 12-16, 2018

Love was in the air this week with Valentine’s Day falling on Wednesday. If all the chocolate and flowers distracted you from the latest and greatest in government contracting news, you’re in luck. It’s time for our weekly roundup, the S mallGovCon Week in Review . In today’s edition, a...



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Dutch Ministry Publishes Guidance on Innovation Procurement Process

The Dutch ministry of justice and safety has published a guidance document on innovation-oriented procurement, which it believes will be of use to other governments and public bodies. It is essentially a toolbox and step-by-step guide covering the process from when the demand for goods or...


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Is the FAR getting in the way of Early Supplier Involvement in defense projects?

Product development within the U.S. defense industry tends to follow a waterfall-phased lifecycle development approach beginning at the concept level and concluding at the subsystem/component level. The concept level design phase is typically summarized in a system concept document. This phase...



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Public Procurement and How To Get The Best Out Of The Private Sector

James Johns, Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Policy Institute at King's College London, advisor to the World Economic Forum's National Digital Policy Network, and with experience in advising strategy for public sector business within the private sector, has written an article sharing his...


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Insights on Buying Strategies for the Public Sector

Public procurement veteran Steve Gordon talks best practices, future of cooperative purchasing, and much more. In interviews he’s conducted with officials at large public procurement agencies, Gordon has found that procurement teams tend to focus their research on price and cost-savings and not...