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The Five Factors That Shape How We Buy

Effective buying requires skill, one that enables us to determine exactly how we should buy in any given situation. As part of this we must consider where we might buy from, our needs and wants, and the most effective way to satisfy these. We must also consider the relationship with...


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Why Outsource? Here Are Some LESS Good Reasons (Part 2)

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, we have some...


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Why Outsource? Here Are Some Good Reasons (Part 1)

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, we have some...


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Sweden Tightens IT Outsourcing Approach – More Signs that the UK Outsources for Outsourcing Sake?

In January, the Swedish Government took steps to change its policy around IT outsourcing to private firms. It introduced rules, which will come into effect in April, to tighten security in IT outsourcing deals, affecting hundreds of outsourcing projects a year. From April, all government...


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A Story About A Town That Turned Itself Around Through Local Sourcing

An article in The Guardian last week caught our attention – it talks about how a northern England town turned around its failing financial situation by taking a ‘spending public money locally’ approach. This article is an opinion piece as opposed to ‘news,’ but it is interesting and thought...


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FAR & DFARS Have 27 Distinct Definitions of “Subcontract"

The FAR and DFARS have 27 distinct definitions of the term “subcontract,” according to an acquisition reform panel. In its first report , the Section 809 Panel urges policymakers to adopt a consolidated definition of the term “subcontract,” as well as a common definition of “subcontractor,”...


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DoD Small Business Contracts Have Dropped 70% Since FY 2011, Acquisition Reform Panel Says

The number of DoD small business contract actions has dropped almost 70 percent since Fiscal Year 2011, even as the total number of small business dollars increased significantly. This is one of the important new findings from an acquisition reform panel’s initial report. The Advisory Panel...


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UK Offender Tagging Programme - Catastrophic Waste of Public Money

The UK government’s Public Accounts Committee, made up of members of parliament, issued their report recently on the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) “offender tagging” programme which aimed to use electronic monitoring devices to track and manage offenders. It is a damming report, calling this a ...


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Does Russia Buy Tanks Better than the UK?

The debate on military expenditure in the UK has been re-invigorated recently as a new defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, has flexed his muscles with the Treasury (our finance ministry). Newspaper reports suggest he is demanding more money – or at least no more cuts – for the Ministry of...


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NDA Magnox Contract Inquiry – Interim Report Highlights

Regular readers will know all about the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Magnox decommissioning contract fiasco which cost the taxpayer over £100 million when the losing bidders successfully challenged the supplier-selection decision. A range of procurement failings came to light, and as we...