Smart Cities, Procurement Efficiency and Winning Government Contracts | Onvia

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The private sector can help municipalities achieve ‘Smart City’ status through updating their technologies and infrastructure in ways that increase process efficiency, promote sustainability, decrease costs and enhance livability. Evolving into a Smart City is good for local governments, the business community and the overall economy. Here’s why:

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FedRAMP upgrades its marketplace dashboard — GCN

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A user-centric design and search and filtering tools make it easier for agencies to find information about services and providers authorized by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program.

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The IT leadership that agencies need — FCW

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FITARA has raised the bar for what’s expected of agency CIOs, and efforts are underway to make sure the government hires accordingly.

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GSA working for meaningful shared-services impact — FCW

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The General Services Administration wants to sharpen its understanding of how agencies plan to use shared services.

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Debating government disclosure of vulnerabilities – POLITICO

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The Pentagon spills its IT road map — What’s dangerous about internet voting

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GAO Is Not Sympathetic towards Contractors Submitting Late Proposals | PNWC’s Government Contracting Update

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There are a high number of GAO bid protests involving late submissions of proposals. Bidders who have been disqualified because their proposals were not received in the time and manner specified in the solicitation often protest the Government’s actions – usually on the grounds that they tried to comply with the submission instructions but the bid got stuck in the Government’s email system or the guard at the gate wouldn’t let them in to hand-deliver a proposal. It is very rare that the Comptroller General (CG) will sustain such protests. The CG pretty much takes the position that its the bidders responsibility to figure things out. One recent exception involved an email glitch that quarantined several bidders on the same solicitation. That time, according to the CG, it was the Government’s fault.

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GAO Suspends Firm From Filing Bid Protests for a Year | PNWC’s Government Contracting Update

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The GAO (General Accountability Office) has suspended a firm from filing bid protests for a year. This action comes after the company submitted 150 protests in this fiscal year alone and nearly 300 more protests in the four years preceding. None of the appeals were ever sustained, usually because the protester was not an “interested party” – a prerequisite to filing a bid protest. By anyone’s measure, the company was abusing the system. GAO finally had enough and took the unprecedented action of suspending the company from filing bid protests for a year.

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Alliant 2 Deadline Extended – Nextgov.com

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New proposal deadlines will be Sept. 13 for Alliant 2 Unrestricted and Sept. 12 for Alliant 2 Small Business.

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TSA Buyers Reach Out to Minority Small Business Contractors – Contracting – GovExec.com

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Homeland Security procurement chief touts her office as “the organization” for small businesses.

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Final rule for contracting calls for compliance, transparency | FederalNewsRadio.com

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Final guidance for the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces EO includes a phase-in schedule, as well as an opportunity for pre-assessment from the Labor Department.

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