Scotland – Radical Changes to Local Government Funding Called For

“PFI contracts should be taken over by the Treasury as part of radical changes to local government funding,” according to a new report from Unison Scotland and the Jimmy Reid Foundation calling for a ‘fundamental review’ of local government funding to examine new and alternative sources...

Sweden’s Public Pension Fund Pot Stock!

Top Canadian marijuana stocks are being traded on the New York Stock Exchange and Sweden’s government-run AP7 pension fund first bought shares in Aurora Cannabis and Canopy Growth in 2018 – since then the ‘pot’ has soured. Why has Sweden’s government bought stock in Aurora Cannabis and...

France Announces International Competition to Rebuild Notre-Dame Spire

France has announced an international architecture competition to rebuild the spire of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris after its collapse in a major fire. President Emmanuel Macron pledged to rebuild the 850-year-old cathedral within five years. More than £700 million has so far been donated to...

IPSERA 2018 – update on procurement research

The IPSERA 2018 conference started during the festivities of the Greek National Independence Day. A sunny day in Athens, still a bit fresh but with spring in the air. That was a distinct and very welcome difference from the bleak season in the more Northern European countries. (April is the...

Resource: Professional Services Council

The Professional Services Council (PSC) is the voice of the government technology and professional services industry, representing the full range and diversity of the government services sector. PSC is the most respected industry leader on legislative and regulatory issues related to government...

Resource: Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

Ninety-four Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) – with over 300 local offices – form a nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace.   PTACs are the bridge between buyer and supplier,...

Public Spend Forum’s Public Procurement Weekly Roundup

Federal agencies are cutting procurement time with PROPRICER, Amazon pitches facial recognition tech to ICE amid controversy, and a new report shows poor debriefings can lead to bid protests. All this and more in Public Spend Forum’s Weekly Roundup for November 2, 2018.   Agencies, Contractors...

A Careful Balance

“Dustin, is anyone talking about how deeply connected schools re-opening and governments re-opening is? Because they need to be.” (Client last week). OK, let’s talk about it then. On March 13th, President Trump declared a national emergency, and guidelines were quickly issued to avoid social...

Stop Networking And Build Genuine Relationships

Someone came up to me a few months ago and asked, “How do you become friends with people so quickly?” I was really surprised by the question, because I had never thought about it. So I decided to better understand not only how I build relationships, but how the best of the best do it, so I...

Controversial HS2 Project To Go Under Independent Review

High Speed 2 (HS2) is the planned high-speed railway in the United Kingdom with some sections already under construction and others awaiting approval. It was intended to link up 21 cities across the nation from London up to the north of England. But the Transport Secretary has now announced an...

Bids for Public Bicycle System in Belgrade

The City of Belgrade is deploying a public bicycle system to counter the growing transport issues of congestion and pollution and is inviting bids. The selected partner will hold a stake of up to 75% in Belgrade’s bike-share system, while the city will own the rest. The public bicycle system will...

Towards a New Public Procurement Playbook

If a person on the street named a disaster requiring government response, the answer would probably be a hurricane. We have effective playbooks for mitigating hurricane impact. There is a key difference between COVID-19 and a hurricane that makes it time to start talking about a new playbook. When...