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Having done procurement benchmarking for over a decade, including public sector organizations, I don’t typically get surprised by seeing procurement under-performance. You’d be amazed at how bad some firms are—and I even know a few well-known retail brand names that …
Public organizations are under persistent pressure to analyze—and justify—how they spend their money with suppliers, a pressure that often gets passed down to contractors. Visibility and transparency into how the government spends money is vital to improving government acquisition, but …
As a son of an Australian immigrant, one of my father’s most prized possessions—and yet one which my mom kept hidden in a guest room until the past few years as we have dealt with his Alzheimer’s—is a set of two lithograph prints my grandmother brought with them when she and my father immigrated from Sydney, Australia to Amarillo, Texas after World War II. The prints are historical, daily life depictions of Aboriginal culture. This unease of how to deal with the Aboriginal works in our own family is somewhat metaphorical for the social, economic, and cultural problems Australia as a country has had in dealing with this group of over half a million people—now also commonly referred to as the “First Australians” or “Indigenous Australians.”
We listed our six challenges for public procurement in 2015 at the beginning of the month. Here they are again.
EU Public Procurement Directives targeting low tenders are beginning to be implemented following their adoption in April of this year. Three directives which would change the way public procurers treat abnormally low tenders (ALTs) must be implemented by member states …
This is an article from our archives, originally published on August, 15, 2014.  Last week, Kenya officially launched their new national E-procurement system, with the President formally launching the initiative, a sign of how important this is perceived to be …