In a move that is likely to send government suppliers into a mild paperwork frenzy, the UK government has announced a significant push for the implementation of across-the-board, harmonised Open Book Contract Management for its public contracts. ...›
Promoting openness and transparency—a greater compliance burden for businesses involved in UK government contracts?
The UK government has made transparency a common theme of a number of its recent policy proposals. These changes are likely to have a material effect on companies operating in the UK public and government contracts sphere by, for example, increasing the disclosure burden. ...›
The United Kingdom has amended its laws to require entities operating there to produce an annual slavery and human trafficking statement. The requirement is subject to a turnover threshold but could include UK-based subsidiaries and branches of non-UK corporations. ...›
From 1 January 2016, the threshold values that trigger the need for a regulated public procurement process by which public or government authorities purchase work, goods or services from companies across Europe will increase. However, because of movements in exchange rates between the euro and some other currencies, the equivalent values in non-euro EU currencies – especially UK pounds sterling – have fallen. ...›
On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) determined that of the EU-US Safe Harbor Framework was invalid. The Safe Harbor framework, which facilitated the exchange of personal data between the EU and the US, had become more controversial in Europe in response to growing concerns with regard to U.S. government access to personal information and the lack of judicial redress for Europeans against the US Government. ...›
The German federal government has added a legal basis for so-called “No Spy” confidentiality requirements to its final proposal for a major public procurement law amendment act (“Draft Bill”). The new provision explicitly allows public authorities to impose specific contractual obligations designed to protect the confidentiality of information against disclosure to foreign intelligence agencies. ...›
GAO has released results of a study on the size of government procurement markets. The United States and European Union, at $1.17 trillion and $1.6 trillion, respectively, have the largest government procurement markets of countries covered by key procurement-related agreements. ...›