Promoting the Public Procurement Function

26 Oct 2017
Promoting the Procurement Function may be a new concept for some in the Public Procurement profession; however, all public procurement personnel have been and will continue to be involved in “promoting” the procurement function. Some may be aware of their promotional and marketing activities...

NAO on Commercial & Contract Management – “Plan for Uncertainties”

26 Oct 2017
At the end of last year, the UK’s National Audit Office issued a very useful document titled “Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice”. We did provide an initial overview of it here, and now we are into a more detailed review of its content and findings. For...

Why State and Local Governments Need Certified Procurement Professionals

25 Oct 2017
With State and Local Government spending exceeding $2.8 trillion dollars; there are over a trillion reasons for State and Local Governments to have Certified Public Procurement Professionals. As both state and local government spending continues to rise, the need for procurement reform has risen to...

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...