Articles and Perspectives | Europe

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Last year, we introduced here on Public Spend Forum the Open Opps (as in “opportunities”) platform that is monitoring public sector contract opportunities in the UK and more widely. A recent initiative has seen the site now offering a spend analysis tool which enables users ...
The Kerslake Report published last week into the events around the Manchester Arena terrorist suicide bombing last year in the north-west of England (at an Arianna Grande concert) makes very sad but fascinating reading. Bob (Lord) Kerslake, the author, was a top and successful ...
The UK Institute for Government yesterday (March 28) launched what is being called ‘the most radical modernisation of public services in Britain since the birth of the Welfare State.’ The document, “Manifesto for Better Public Services,” is a collaboration between leading entrepreneurs ...
The Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group ( BHRE ) of Greenwich University has released the findings from its qualitative research into modern slavery statements from UK local authorities. The research studies public sector implementation of the Transparency ...
A recent outsourced services company's unfair dismissals in a UK prison have raised more procurement-related questions. So here are two good questions you could use in your tender evaluation processes, particularly for complex outsourced services contracts that have a major “people ...
The UK government (via the “Government Commercial Function”) has issued a set of professional standards for Contract Management. The standards have been given a high profile, as can be seen by the fact that the foreword to the document is credited to Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet ...
Transparency International has published its latest annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. It uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. (Its ...
The collapse of one of the largest suppliers to the UK public sector, services and construction firm Carillion, is leading to some soul-searching about the whole nature of the relationship between private sector service providers and their government clients. At the extreme, ...

Policies and Regulations

President Trump Revokes Entirety Of Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Executive Order

Trump's revocation of Obama's controversial order impacts paycheck transparency rule, as well.
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Claiming Damages Resulting From An Unfavorable CPARS Rating

Firms may have a new weapon against unfair, biased, or inaccurate past performance reviews.
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Procurement Challenge – UK Government Pays Out £100 Million

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in the UK has not appealed a challenge and must now pay out £100 Million.
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Perspectives and Insights

Why Don't Small Businesses Sell To The Government?

Former White House procurement policy chief Steve Kelman dives into the details.
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Wrongheaded Push For Government Contracts Transparency

This new act will do nothing to improve value for taxpayers by reducing competition and raising costs.
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10 Surprising Things You May Not Know About Professional Buying Organisations (PBOs)

Think you know about PBOs and what they do in the procurement process? Here are ten interesting facts.
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