Harvard launches procurement network to help state and local government
The Harvard Kennedy School launched a new network designed to help state and local government officials improve procurement policies.
New Illinois office boosts contracts for women- and minority-owned IT vendors
Illinois CIO Jennifer Ricker established an office to increase the percentage of contracts awarded to women- and minority-owned businesses.
NASPO ValuePoint to test partnership with 'Yelp for government'
NASPO ValuePoint, a cooperative purchasing platform used by state procurement officials, will incorporate reviews of government vendors.
Software firm OpenGov acquires ProcureNow
The company said the acquisition will add procurement and contract management to its stable of cloud-based services.
Cyber should play a bigger role in state IT acquisition, NASCIO says
Cybersecurity should be a leading consideration in government's technology purchases, particularly in light of the SolarWinds breach, according to a new report from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.
Civic tech website Marketplace.city raises additional $1M
The company, spun off from a 2016 New York City initiative, will use its new funding to expand the number of city governments that use it to source their IT purchases.
Virginia selects CGI for $137M procurement modernization
A 10-year contract with CGI is set to add new services to the state's purchasing platform, including collaboration tools to improve communication with vendors.
Utah's troubled COVID-19 tech contracts could spur procurement reform
A report from the state's legislative auditor this week showed that departments did not communicate effectively as they rushed into no-bid technology contracts necessitated by the pandemic.
California wants innovative ways to double COVID-19 testing, transport
The state put out a call this week to organizations and community groups with ideas on how to boost the state's collection and transport of biological samples — quickly.