Learning and Skills

While the public sector market and public procurement are constantly changing, there are a few core skills that are fundamental to world-class procurement. This page brings you resources and training to continually learn and manage your personal career growth.

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To satisfy the market research needs of federal buyers, many IT firms in the federal sector create marketing materials and presentations that are often nothing more than introductions to the firm, the firm's capabilities, and little else that fail to ...
Late last month, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council proposed an unusual rule , one that specifically stated that agencies are encouraged to engage in "responsible and constructive exchanges with industry, so long as those exchanges are consistent ...
The procurement profession demands strong writing capabilities. Unfortunately, writing skills aren't necessarily innate, and it is always easier to write poorly than to write with clear purpose and brevity. The good news is you don't have to be Shakespeare ...
It's true: my boss Raj Sharma hates networking. That statement may raise a few eyebrows, but stick with me for a second, because what he really hates is the term and its implications. To Raj, "networking" implies a numbers game of quid pro quo transactions ...
If you haven't yet, you should check out our brand new Public Spend Forum YouTube channel, where we're posting a lot of short videos that offer practical tips to help you in your job every day. In one of our latest, retired Air Force acquisition officer ...
Thank you to everyone who attended our webinar on simple innovation with special guest Dan Ward. To earn your continuous learning credit , please take a moment to fill out this survey . It consists of four comprehension questions and three general questions ...
As a procurement professional, you are responsible for continuously learning about industry trends, best practices, and policy updates that affect your daily affairs. In the Open Global Community, we support your professional responsibilities while helping ...
This presentation on micro-credentials was delivered by Frank McNally, Public Spend Forum's Director of Learning and Content Development, at the 2016 Acquisition Excellence conference. It surveys the learning theory that supports micro-credentials and ...

Perspectives and Insights

Why Don't Small Businesses Sell To The Government?

Former White House procurement policy chief Steve Kelman dives into the details.
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Wrongheaded Push For Government Contracts Transparency

This new act will do nothing to improve value for taxpayers by reducing competition and raising costs.
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10 Surprising Things You May Not Know About Professional Buying Organisations (PBOs)

Think you know about PBOs and what they do in the procurement process? Here are ten interesting facts.
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Policies and Regulations

President Trump Revokes Entirety Of Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Executive Order

Trump's revocation of Obama's controversial order impacts paycheck transparency rule, as well.
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Claiming Damages Resulting From An Unfavorable CPARS Rating

Firms may have a new weapon against unfair, biased, or inaccurate past performance reviews.
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Procurement Challenge – UK Government Pays Out £100 Million

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in the UK has not appealed a challenge and must now pay out £100 Million.
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