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Last week, we wrote about the issue of risk and in particular the risk averse attitude that many public sector procurement staff still appear to hold. The topic was discussed at our Public Spend Forum Exchange kick-off meeting recently, where leaders from different parts of the UK public sector came together to talk about some of the key issues facing public procurement. It is a generalization of course and we would never suggest that everyone in public procurement is risk averse by nature, but it is worth thinking about why this may be the case. What is it that makes many public procurement staff behave in this manner? We suspect there are three reasons or three types of people who demonstrate this risk aversion.
“Innovative Contracting Case Studies” is a compilation of exemplary methods for getting more innovation per taxpayer dollar. Curated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, each entry highlights public sector …
This presentation on micro-credentials was delivered by Frank McNally, Public Spend Forum’s Director of Learning and Content Development, at the 2016 Acquisition Excellence conference. It surveys the learning theory that supports micro-credentials and describes the characteristics of micro-credentials.
Public procurement leaders are subject to all sorts of mandates and policies imposed on them. It’s often difficult to see the forest for the trees, or the outcome the entire team needs to be focused on. Ultimately, they know a few …
Whether you’re buying off a common contract or preparing your own solicitation, with shifting responsibilities and definitions, custodial services can be a slippery category to grasp. In this edition of our purchasing insights series, learn about the market and potential …
Strategic market analysis is a much-needed tool in the public sector shed, and yet it’s often overlooked for more short-term, transactional capabilities. This introduction to strategic market analysis helps define why market intelligence is important, what role it plays in …
If you’ve read our previous paper on the levers of procurement value, (“What Drives Public Procurement Value?,” available to registered members of Public Spend Forum) you know I outlined four areas where you can achieve the many goals of procurement …
From local government all the way up to federal agencies, the public sector often has a tough time working closely with the private sector, and understanding its needs. Regulations, fear of appearing to violate a code of conduct, there are many …
With many agencies still struggling to implement the requirements in the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), a new white paper from Censeo Consulting Group and Rich Beutel—the original staff author of FITARA—makes ten recommendations to help agencies take …
A federal judge has thrown out the American Small Business League's (ASBL) request for an injunction against the Small Business Administration (SBA) that would have changed the way the SBA calculates what percentage of federal contracting dollars goes to small businesses. The injunction had called for the SBA to stop using the "grandfathering rule," which allows small businesses that have grown or been acquired to still count toward the small business contracting goals, and to stop limiting the pool of dollars considered when calculating whether the government achieved its goals.