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Press Room

Welcome to Public Spend Forum’s press room. Here you can find the latest press releases and media coverage of our initiatives, as we work to bring people together to solve the public sector’s most pressing problems.


Public Spend Forum’s GovShop Partners with Fandes and XPDEL to Launch Online PPE Marketplace

GovShop is excited to announce the launch of a PPE and COVID-19 Tech Products marketplace, in collaboration with Fandes, an e-commerce marketplace. Through this marketplace, GovShop and Fandes are providing a growing list of PPE, testing kits, and COVID-19-related technology products from vetted suppliers, including competitive pricing and insights into product availability for urgent needs. Order fulfillment is provided by XPDEL, a nationwide network of eCommerce fulfillment centers.

Sourcing the Unknown: Better Done Together

Through GovShop, its free supplier and contract intelligence platform, PSF provides comprehensive supplier and contract data across all markets. In response to COVID-19, their team is collaborating with the Defense Joint Task Force, National Governor’s Association, and healthcare organizations like AHRMM to verify suppliers and compile the largest free supply-chain data set on COVID-19-related product inventory, capacity and availability.

DC-Based Startup Public Spend Forum Awarded Phase II SBIR to Expand Supplier Intelligence Platform to Meet USAF, DOD Emerging Technology Needs

Public Spend Forum was awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to expand its supplier and contract data sets of 1.9 million suppliers within its market intelligence tool, GovShop.

Tartans develop tools and resources to support the mind, body and spirit during the COVID-19 pandemic

Raj Sharma shares how GovShop is connecting demand with supply.

Public Spend Forum and NC State University’s Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, Launch Survey to Map and Verify Suppliers for COVID-19 Equipment and Supplies

Public Spend Forum (PSF), a Washington D.C.-based startup focused on providing public sector supplier intelligence, launched a COVID-19 Supplier Survey in partnership with NC State University’s Supply Chain Resource Cooperative.

Public Spend Forum and NC State University's Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, launch survey to map and verify suppliers for COVID-19 equipment and supplies

The survey and ongoing supplier research efforts by PSF and NC State have three primary objectives including 1) understanding the capacity and ability of suppliers to meet demand for critical equipment and supplies, 2) verify suppliers in order to increase quality and reduce fraudulent supply chain activity and 3) develop a network optimization model that can be used to better match demand and supply.

PSF CEO on NBC Washington Discusses Efforts to Combat COVID-19

PSF CEO Raj Sharma discussed how PSF is directly supporting government professionals and healthcare workers to address critical shortages for ventilators, respirators, personal protective equipment (PPE) and more, by providing free data on suppliers and inventory on GovShop.

Inaugural International Roundtable Brings Procurement Leaders to Discuss Government Adoption of Emerging Technologies

On December 5, 2019, a roundtable of international public sector innovation and procurement leaders met in Westminster London to discuss how governments can innovate by accelerating the adoption of emerging technologies.

GovShop a new way to buy for government supply managers

A new product offering by the Pubic Spend Forum provides government buyers with a new, free tool to conduct market intelligence. This offering provides a comprehensive set of tools for buyers to research, competitively source, and award business to the best suppliers that can meet any specific need.

GovShop Is a Welcome Research Resource for Government Procurement

Public Spend Forum has done a great job providing accompanying documentation on how to use the tool, in addition to information and tips on performing market research specifically for public sector spend, such as Six Tips for Your Best Market Research and Techniques for Conducting Efficient, Effective, Government Research, both by Frank McNally.

Public Spend Forum, in collaboration with Shatter Fund and Dcode, to launch Public Procurement Technology Innovation Labs

Launch event to be held on June 6, 2018 in Los Angeles in collaboration with the Office of the Mayor; former Presidential Candidate Martin O'Malley and other leaders to attend.

Public Spend Forum Releases In-Depth Public Procurement Technology Market Intelligence Report

Report helps government agencies use procurement technology to accelerate their procurement process and reduce government spending.

Public Spend Forum Launches World’s Largest Library of Public Procurement Best Practices

Public Spend Forum has recently launched the beta version of their Best Practices Library that is available free.

Dr. Steve Kelman from Harvard Joins Public Spend Forum Board

Public Spend Forum (PSF), a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector market, announced today that Dr. Steve Kelman has joined its Board of Advisors.

Incumbent Vendors and IT Modernization: Help or Hindrance?

Public Spend Forum and Censeo Consulting Group launched a joint study to explore the root causes hindering modernization efforts across federal agencies.

Five Ways the U.S. Government Can Improve Its Spending

The U.S. government buys $2 trillion in public goods and services, ranging from fighter jets to professional services to office supplies. Citing a joint report on Public Procurement Workforce Competencies, Raj Sharma and Peter Morrissey present five key takeaways for leaders within public sector organizations regarding how ;they can help their procurement workforce enhance its contribution toward organizational goals and objectives.

New Report on Key Competencies for Effective Public Procurement

The Volcker Alliance, with the expertise and support of Public Spend Forum and Censeo Consulting Group, has released a new report, Doing the People’s Business: Key Competencies for Effective Public Procurement, on the required skills of the public procurement workforce, and found the public procurement workforce to be under-performing in nearly 70 percent of identified competency areas, according to study participants.

Public Spend Forum Debuts its 'Public Impact Podcast'

Public Spend Forum recently launched its new Public Impact Podcast, which shares stories of professionals and suppliers innovating and making a positive impact in the global public sector market.

Public Spend Forum Establishes European Presence

Public Spend Forum today announces the launch of Public Spend Forum Europe (previously Public Spend Matters Europe), to add European strength and capability to help make its vision for a global, connected, and transparent public sector market a reality.

Can Economics Fix Public Procurement?

Writing at Governing magazine, Public Spend Forum Founder and Chairman Raj Sharma argues that we need to look at government purchasing through the lens of economics and how markets function most effectively in order to create successful and lasting reform.

Government, Industry Still Can't Figure Out How to Talk

Interviewed by Federal News Radio, Raj Sharma, Public Spend Forum Founder and Chairman, shares his thoughts on category management and other ongoing initiatives from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP).

Profile: Public Spend Forum

Diane Cho sat down with founder Raj Sharma, CEO of Censeo Consulting, to discuss his new iniative, Public Spend Forum, a communiuty of government buyers and suppliers that are trying create a more efficient and innovative public sector market.

Workforce Challenges to Better Buying Power 3.0

Raj Sharma, Public Spend Forum Founder and Chairman, and Alex Haber analyze the release of 'Better Buying Power 3.0' from U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Frank Kendall and consider the areas in which the initiative can improve to allow for more effective purchasing.

Opening Up Competition in Federal IT

Public Spend Forum, a group focusing on public sector markets, recently released Billions in the Balance, a report that analyzes government IT spending, and concluded that a “check the box culture," broken requirements, and a flawed procurement process inhibit competition and limit innovation.

Raj Sharma Talks Public Spend Forum's New Report

Raj Sharma, Chairman and Founder at Public Spend Forum, sits down with Govloop to talk about Billions in the Balance, a new report that examines government IT spending, and lays out the report's interesting new findings.

Raj Sharma Talks Procurement Issues In Government

Interviewed by Govloop's Insights Podcast, Raj Sharma, Founder and Chairman of Public Spend Forum, discusses procurement, acquisitions, and contracting in the U.S. government.

Public Spend Forum and Censeo Announce Launch of IT Procurement Study at Roundtable with Congressman Mike Honda and Recognized IT Experts

Public Spend Forum, a community dedicated to transforming the way the government manages procurement spending, is hosting a roundtable in Silicon Valley titled, "Public Sector IT Procurement Reform: Private Sector Best Practices for Better Outcomes" on Friday, February 21st from 9am -11am at San Jose City Hall.

Public Spend Forum Launches Article Series Authored by Guest Contributor William Greenwalt, Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense

Censeo Consulting Group, a leader in applying proven management practices for the public and social good, announced today that it has kicked off a series of articles authored by guest contributor William Greenwalt on Public Spend Forum, a recently launched online community powered by Censeo Consulting Group and Spend Matters.

Raj Sharma Talks's Procurement Problem

Founder and Chairman of Public Spend Forum Raj Sharma sits down with Govloop's Insights Podcast to explore's procurement problem.