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Highways England New Procurement Approach

Chief Executive of Highways England, Jim O’Sullivan, has revealed the highways body is looking at new ways to award work based on contractor performance as part of its new procurement model. We read in New Civil Engineer that contractors could be judged by the client on how well a scheme is...

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Avoiding Using Unsolicited Proposals to Circumvent Regulations and Best Practices when Procuring PPPs

Emerging International Trends Over the past year, I have become increasingly aware of an emerging trend by governments to consider Unsolicited Proposals (USPs) as a panacea to unlock the inertia that they face in launching Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) or for attracting much needed foreign...

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Meet the Panel: Modernizing IT Through Share-in-Savings Contracts.

On Thursday, October 26 Public Spend Forum will welcome guests from the public and private sector for a discussion on the potential for Share-in-Savings style contracting approaches to modernize legacy systems within the federal government. First introduced in the E-Government Act of 2002,...


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GSA's Blockchain Blockbuster

The other week I got an email from Jose Arrieta, the new director, arrived less than a year ago, of the General Services Administration's Schedule 70 (IT products and services) operations. He told me his organization had awarded in late June the federal government's first contract to use...

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Modernizing Legacy Systems through a Share-in-Savings Approach

Government professionals looking to modernize their legacy IT systems have reason to be optimistic as we begin the new fiscal year. Building on the Trump Administration’s sustained interest in improving government technology (a trail well blazed by his predecessor) is a renewed appetite for...

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Price Verification - 'Basic Function or Lost Art'

When making a purchase using a State, Federal or Cooperative contract, or even a purchase off a public agency's own contract, that is based on a percent discount off a manufacturers list price; are public agencies performing the extensive due diligence necessary to ensure they are being charged...


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Are USDS and 18F Becoming Part of the Govtech Ecosystem?

I have been an admirer of 18F and the U.S. Digital Service since both organizations were founded back in 2014. They have an innovative talent recruitment model, which encourages people from tech companies to work for a relatively short time for government without committing to being "lifers." ...

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Is Innovative Procurement the Answer to Budgetary Constraints?

As agencies continue to feel pressure to modernize their aging infrastructure, and find other avenues for completing their respective missions with restrained funding, several areas of interesting solutions seem to be working their way across government. As blogged by Steve Kelman on Federal...

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