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Public Spend Forum’s Public Procurement Weekly Roundp

16 Nov 2018
GAO shuts down Oracle’s JEDI protest, DHS plans to make a decision on EAGLE II by the end of the year, and Northrop owes $30 million for fraudulent costs. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for November 16, 2018.   Oracle’s JEDI Protest Denied The Government...

Public Spend Forum’s Public Procurement Weekly Roundup

9 Nov 2018
IBM’s acquisition could reshape the federal cloud landscape, a new toolkit is giving small cities a big chance for procurement innovation, and Amazon HQ2 could pose an issue for defense firms. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for November 9, 2018. IBM’s Planned Red Hat...

GSA Develops Pilot Program, Offers Range of Advantages to Start-ups

7 Nov 2018
The GSA Procurement Innovation Resource Center (PIRC) is an internal resource center that provides guidance and tools to assist the GSA acquisition teams with incorporating innovation into procurements. PIRC was created to implement the new commercial solutions opening procedure detailed below as...

IBM’s Planned Red Hat Purchase Could Reshape Federal Cloud Market

6 Nov 2018
IBM’s planned $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat could have an impact on the federal cloud market and agencies’ information technology modernization plans, Bloomberg Government (BGOV) reported. IBM agreed to pay $190 in cash for each share of Red Hat in a move to establish a global provider of...

AWS’ Dave Levy Submits Comments to OMB on Draft ‘Cloud Smart’ Policy

6 Nov 2018
Amazon Web Services (AWS) offered formal comments to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding their draft of an updated federal cloud computing strategy. Dave Levy, vice president of AWS’ federal business, told Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent in a written response to the...

Europe

Situational Awareness and Public Procurement – EC Event

16 Nov 2018
The European Commission is holding its second SAYSO (standardisation of situational awareness systems to strengthen operations in civil protection) public workshops on December 4th in Brussels. This is part of Horizon 2020 and will present the results and lessons learned so far and focus on project...

National Health Service Workforce Shortage Announcement

15 Nov 2018
HSJ has published an article warning that Workforce shortages are a greater challenge to the NHS than funding. “New analysis from the Health Foundation, King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust finds that if current trends continue, the gap could reach almost 250,000 by 2030. If the pattern of people...

How To Win Government Contracts – And Live To Tell The Tale

15 Nov 2018
Management Today runs regular leadership lessons billed as ‘One-Minute Briefings’ – a quick and easy way to top up on advice on business challenges. The latest is from Rod Aldridge, founder and former CEO of Capita, giving his key takeaways on the rules for working with the public sector....

End of Huge Government Outsourcing Deals in Sight

15 Nov 2018
UK Government contract data source, Tussell, has analysed thousands of contracts and found that over the three years leading up to the end of June, “the value of contracts remained at around £5bn a year, but the number of contracts increased from 3,333 to 4,521 per year as the value of deals...

UK Cabinet Office Plans for Tracking Supplier Finances and Performance

8 Nov 2018
The UK Cabinet Office has announced wide-ranging plans to better analyse supplier finances and performance. They will require suppliers to reveal more information about their financial health as part of government changes following the Carillion collapse. A government database will track up to five...

International

Guide for Overseas Companies On How To Access NHS Procurement Channels

4 Oct 2018
The UK government has issued guidance for overseas companies on how to access NHS (the country’s National Health Service) procurement channels in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also outlines the aims of the new NHS Supply Chain operating model put in place to improve...

No Deal Brexit Pledge of a New Online Procurement Portal to Replace OJEU

26 Sep 2018
  “It’s our duty as a responsible government to prepare for all eventualities, including ‘no deal’, until we can be certain of the outcome of those (UK/EU) negotiations,” says Gov.uk. This refers to, in the event of a ‘no deal’ EU exit, what the government is putting in place...