NAO Publishes Investigation into NDA and Reveals Some Disturbing Issues

17 Oct 2017
We featured the procurement problems at the nuclear de-commissioning authority last year in some depth. A mis-handled procurement process led to unsuccessful bidders taking the Authority to court and winning their challenge, which has cost the British taxpayer some £100 million. Now, the National...

A Successful Public Sector Procurement Transformation Story

12 Oct 2017
  It makes a nice change to actually report on a public sector ‘good news’ story. This one in particular is a successful procurement transformation story in the UK Blue Light, or emergency services, sector. It was undertaken by Mike Fairbotham, Associate Director of Procurement and Logistics...

Price Verification – ‘Basic Function or Lost Art’

11 Oct 2017
When making a purchase using a State, Federal or Cooperative contract, or even a purchase off a public agency’s own contract, that is based on a percent discount off a manufacturers list price; are public agencies performing the extensive due diligence necessary to ensure they are being charged...

EC to Improve Public Procurement – Thoughts on the Second Initiative

9 Oct 2017
We mentioned here that the European Commission is looking to make improvements to the efficiency of public procurement. The initiative has four main strands: Definition of priority areas for improvement Voluntary ex-ante assessment of large infrastructure projects Recommendation on...

Europe Sees Significant Rise in e-Invoicing Market

3 Oct 2017
The European E-invoicing Service Providers Association has just revealed its findings of a member survey that shows growth of 29% in processed e-invoices for 2016 over 2015, with more than 1.6 billion electronic invoices delivered. The EESPA is a trade association at European level for a community...

Are USDS and 18F Becoming Part of the Govtech Ecosystem?

2 Oct 2017
I have been an admirer of 18F and the U.S. Digital Service since both organizations were founded back in 2014. They have an innovative talent recruitment model, which encourages people from tech companies to work for a relatively short time for government without committing to being “lifers.”...

Should Public Sector Be Contracting for Outcomes

29 Sep 2017
There has been much talk in recent years about the need for public sector procurement of services (in particular) to focus more on outcomes rather than specifying in detail the activities that the supplier will carry out. That principle can be applied to many services, from cleaning to professional...

How Big is YOUR Procurement Team—And Can You Really Justify It?

26 Sep 2017
I’ve always held the view that as a Procurement leader you must be able to demonstrate value – and to me that includes the cost of your team vs. the savings, cost reductions efficiencies and business improvements you look to achieve. Essentially a good return on investment. Lately, however,...

Corrupt Procurement Consultant Gets Six Years in Prison For World Bank Fraud

25 Sep 2017
Last week, Wassim Tappuni was sentenced in London to 6 years in prison after being found guilty of 13 fraud charges following a trial at Southwark Crown Court in July. Prosecutor Mukul Chawla, QC, said: “Mr Tappuni was convicted on 25 July of this year of 13 offences of conspiracy to corrupt....

What We Can Learn about Innovation from the Public Sector

20 Sep 2017
Ask someone what their impression of technology in government is, and you’ll often hear cynical sniggers, accompanied by various synonyms for “slow”, “inefficient” or “bureaucratic”. In a world where we often hear of wasteful spending and nationwide system technology failures,...