Scotland – Workshop on How To Bid For Public Contracts

May 4, 2018
A joint initiative between Scotland’s Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils is supporting local businesses in developing their capability to bid successfully for public procurement contracts. The Positive Procurement Programme (PPP) takes attendees through what a good tender looks like. It’s...

Recap & Recording: Draining the Data Swamp with Smarter Procurement Analytics

Mar 9, 2018
What’s the Number One most important thing that an organization can do succeed with procurement analytics? That question and several more were answered in a recent Public Spend Forum webinar with special guest Rob Handfied, Professor of Supply Chain Management at NC State University and Executive...

Pragmatic, Progressive & Agile: Modernizing Procurement In Canada

Oct 29, 2018
Episode 11 of the Public Procurement Leaders Podcast with Guest Emilio Franco   In what will surely be a familiar refrain for many of our readers, Emilio Franco didn’t set out to become a public procurement professionals. It wasn’t until a program at his Canadian university offered a...

Techniques for Conducting Efficient, Effective Government Market Research

Sep 11, 2018
Find Your Top Government Contractors with Information as Your Superpower Conducting market research and gathering market intelligence is a critical part of any acquisition and procurement process. It can also take a good amount of time that most procurement professionals don’t have, given they...

Five Core Steps to Take in Response to BlackHat/Defcon Presentations

Sep 11, 2018
By Jean-Paul Bergeaux, Federal CTO, GuidePoint Security In the recap of things seen at BlackHat and DefCon, there were several things that were intended to make the point that security tools and processes are not going to stop adversaries if they really want to get in. Each of those has a...

Six Tips for Your Best Market Research

Aug 17, 2018
Your Guide to Finding the Top Government Contractors for your Procurement Requirements Market research is an essential chore for contracting professionals looking for top government contractors who offer the best value for their customer and agency missions. Simple in concept but more difficult in...

Speeding Up Government Buying – Some Different Approaches

Jun 5, 2018
Buying with public money is difficult; it requires many things, not least scruples, skill, integrity (if done well) – the list goes on. But one thing is certain, the outcome must be about Value and Transparency. That brings us to a very useful article in Government Technology (and thanks to Hal...

Recap & Recording: Aligning Public Procurement Roles with Key Skills

Apr 25, 2018
As a continuing part of our webinar series focused on helping chief procurement officers and acquisition executives understand the key skills and gaps of the procurement workforce, Public Spend Forum, in collaboration with NIGP, presented a second webinar covering the importance of developing a...

UK Government Commercial Career Framework Tool

Apr 11, 2018
We’ve been writing over the past year or so about the Public Spend Forum (PSF) initiative – the public procurement workforce competency model. As part of our commitment to driving long-term, sustainable change in public procurement, we worked with the Volcker Alliance to develop a public...

Three Key Skills This Procurement Leader Thinks Everyone Should Have

Mar 5, 2018
Even into her third year as Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Jenny Doherty hasn’t stopped doing what she loves: bringing private sector best practices into government. Whether its saving money through innovative practices like reverse auctions or streamlining...