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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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Interior Department’s Drone Army Fights Fires and Monitors Wildlife

Federal agencies have been rushing to adopt drones for various uses like border surveillance by the Department of Homeland Security, weather monitoring by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and inspections of decommissioned radiation sites by the Department of Energy. Interior...

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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 Good Reasons (Part 1)

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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DoD Hand-Me-Down Drones Prove to Be Valuable Asset for Interior Dept.

The Department of Interior’s fleet of drones are mostly hand-me-downs from the Department of Defense and cost less than a single one of its manned aircraft. They have been useful in jobs like dam inspections and wildlife surveys, cutting down the time to complete the task at a fraction of the...

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: February 5-9, 2018

It has been a cold week here in Lawrence, Kansas. I hope everyone is staying warm. It’s time to get some hot cocoa (or the Friday afternoon beverage of your choice) and enjoy the top government contracting news and notes for the week. This week’s news includes the release of the major Section...

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FAR & DFARS Have 27 Distinct Definitions of “Subcontract"

The FAR and DFARS have 27 distinct definitions of the term “subcontract,” according to an acquisition reform panel. In its first report , the Section 809 Panel urges policymakers to adopt a consolidated definition of the term “subcontract,” as well as a common definition of “subcontractor,”...