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Yes, Contract Spending Really Does Increase a Lot in September, USASpending Says

We’re halfway through the government’s fourth quarter, and experienced contractors know what that means–lots of awards on the horizon. According to a fascinating new analysis from , the fourth quarter spike in contract awards is quite real, and quite significant: the...

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: August 6-10, 2018

Happy Friday, everybody! It’s that time of year: federal contractors are rushing to submit bids, with the hope of awards before the end of the fiscal year. So we hope that you’re all gearing up for a relaxing weekend. Let’s get the weekend started off right with the SmallGovCon Week in...

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VetBiz Verification Not Required For Non-VA SDVOSB Contracts, SBA OHA Reiterates

Despite a longstanding and very common misconception, the VA’s SDVOSB verification requirement doesn’t apply to non-VA SDVOSB contracts. As the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals recently reiterated, it was “simply not correct” to believe that a company was required to be verified in VetBiz to...

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US City Receives Procurement Excellence Award

The US city of Santa Clara has received a prestigious procurement award for the fifth consecutive year. The city has received the achievement for its purchasing policies and practices. The National Procurement Institute has recognised the city with an Achievement of Excellence in Procurement...

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The Cascading Impact of Untimely Debriefing Requests on GAO Protests

A recent GAO decision in Exceptional Software Strategies is an instructive reminder of the applicable rule concerning the timeliness of a contractor's debriefing request and illustrates the cascading impact such request has on protest timeliness. [1] As many of us know, a debriefing can...

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Smarter Procurement in the Public Sector - Webinar

Public Spend Forum runs a series of best practice public procurement webinars which explore how procurement professionals can and are using technology, leaner processes and smarter ways of working to deliver more value to their customers. The next one focuses on two case studies from New York...

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Disaster and Emergency Part 2: Why Procurement Skills Are Important

Jaoa Malta - World Bank Caribbean-based procurement professional, Craig Brewin , continues his series on Procurement issues arising from last year’s hurricane season, as covered at the CDB special conference. (Part 1 is here .) How important are procurement skills when an agency is...