Strategies for Procurement Success

7 Sep 2017
Government Technology provides examples on how to find procurement success at federal and local levels by examining models that other jurisdictions have explored. Taking direction from industry leaders, this article describes a current state where agencies are historically reluctant to adopt...

The Sunk Cost Fallacy in Government Projects

9 Aug 2017
It is not unusual to find examples of the “sunk cost” fallacy in government procurement projects. That fallacy relates to our feeling that how much money (or time, or effort) we have already invested in a project or activity then plays a role in deciding whether to continue with it and invest...

The Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Category Management

9 Aug 2017
In the never-ending quest to deliver more value, procurement organizations are trying to squeeze more savings and innovation out of spend categories. But, eventually the well starts to run dry, and when that happens, you need to either get more out of that well (fracking for spend savings,...

Encouraging Small Firms in Public Competition

27 Jul 2017
The Pre-Procurement PhaseWe wrote here about the reasons why many contracting authorities around Europe have found it difficult to get the proportion of their contracts and business won by small or diverse firms up to a reasonable level.  But the good news is that there are many steps that...

Cloud Computing Protest Offers Lessons for Buyers & Suppliers

22 Jun 2017
A recent protest decision from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides several important lessons for procurement professionals who are buying cloud-enabled services as well as vendors hoping to sell them. Let’s dive in!Red River Computing Company protested the Department of Homeland...

Shaping an RFP: Steps to Successfully Sell to the Federal Government

4 Mar 2017
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 discuss the one thing that is important to...

Five Minutes for Better Communication with Industry

15 Dec 2016
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 with existing laws and regulations, and...

5 Minutes to Better Brainstorming

21 Nov 2016
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 and author Dan Ward talks about a really...

Don’t Fight the FAR: Innovate While Complying with Regulations

24 Aug 2016
You hear it time and again: If it weren’t for the regulations, we’d have loads of innovation in the public sector. Nowhere in government is there a more maligned document than the FAR, the Federal Acquisition Regulation, which has been blamed for any number of hurdles and failures in federal...