Defence Procurement: Why Don’t Nations Collaborate?

9 Nov 2016
We found an excellent article here on the foreignpolicy.com website by Elisabeth Braw, looking at the issues around countries sharing military procurement. It is both interesting to the casual reader and informative, and raises some interesting procurement issues that go beyond defence...

Risk Aversion in Public Sector Procurement

18 Oct 2016
One of the topics that came up at the recent Public Spend Forum Europe Exchange kick-off meeting was attitudes towards risk amongst the public sector procurement community. Our senior group, from across many different parts of the public sector, discussed how risk aversion could hold back...

Commission Translates Buying Green Handbook – Now In 23 Languages

22 Sep 2016
The European Commission has announced that its Buying Green! Handbook has now been fully translated and is available in all 23 EU languages. So if you want to read all about green procurement and sustainability issues in Swedish or Hungarian, as well as English, French and German, you can now do so...

Public Procurement Best Practices Exchange Hits London and the United Kingdom

21 Sep 2016
Last week, we held the kick-off meeting for the Public Spend Forum Best Practices Exchange in the UK. The Exchange has been a feature of the Public Spend Forum program in the USA for a year or more now, one of the elements of the PSF initiative launched by Raj Sharma and his team. Nancy Clinton and...

The Pros and Cons of Lots & Lotting in Public Procurement

3 Nov 2015
We have published a couple of articles recently covering some of the issues around “lots and lotting” and how they apply to public procurement. Here, we looked at the confusion in the EU regulations over the approach to lotting and how far contracting authorities have to go in following that...

To Lot or Not To Lot – Confusion Over EU Procurement Rules

2 Oct 2015
Running a workshop last week with around 30 public sector managers, we got into an interesting discussion about the EU procurement directives and the approach to “lots”. That was surprising perhaps, as few of the group were procurement experts, but the topic is having an impact on many managers...