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All Tools

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On Wednesday, June 6, Public Spend Forum convened a Technology Procurement Symposium to identify barriers to government’s adoption of emerging technology and to highlight companies of all sizes that are making a difference in the civic tech space. Held ...
The UK Government’s central buying organisation, Crown Commercial Services (CCS), has launched a new suite of travel and venue solutions for the public sector. Public Sector Travel and Venue Solutions (PSTVS) will enable the booking of rail and air travel, ...
The EU’s new guidance document on innovation procurement “presents in a concise manner the fundamental aspects of innovation procurement: why it is important, who is interested in it and how it can be carried out. It covers: what the innovation ...
Experts from the private and public sector joined Public Spend Forum for a discussion on how principles of Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) can help procurement organizations create business value in support of their broader mission. For this ...
FM Global’s Supply Chain Resilience Index 2018 is out. This is an annual ranking of 130 countries and territories by the resilience of their business environments. It is an online, interactive resource to give global business leaders, private and public, ...
An article we found this week that we think is worthy of your attention is by Omar Salaymeh and appears on Purchasing B2B , in which he claims “… 'free' platforms affect process openness and the ability to keep pace with innovation.” In the case of free ...
The revolution in talent acquisition has led to new companies harnessing technology to find qualified talent within the govcon marketplace. One example, GovFlex , is getting ready to roll out v2.0 this month. The company was founded in 2014 as an online ...
Last week we mentioned the SPP Regions success story on its CO2 emissions project, which involved the collaboration of 31 contracting authorities carrying out 40 eco-innovative tenders. The organisation has now published 40 good practice examples (or ...

Cost, Risk, and Innovation

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An article we found this week that we think is worthy of your attention is by Omar Salaymeh and appears on Purchasing B2B , in which he claims “… 'free' platforms affect process openness and the ability to keep pace with innovation.” In the case of free ...
A report from techUK argues that for the government to deliver its transformation and growth commitments, it must make a step change in procurement in central government and the wider public sector. The report discusses how procurement can act as a tool ...
Governments across the world are increasingly leveraging procurement technologies. At Public Spend Forum’s inaugural Public Procurement Technology Symposium, we had four great examples of organizations implementing solutions to improve their processes. ...
Public Spend Forum is on a mission to connect buyers and suppliers in the public sector to reduce waste, drive innovation and accelerate impact. One of the ways we pursue this mission is through our educational webinars and events channel: Modernizing ...
The eafip initiative has created a series of short videos showcasing successful European innovation procurement implementations. They feature individuals, including both public procurers and suppliers, talking about how they successfully developed and ...
The InnProBio European project has launched an online toolbox for bio-based procurement in the public sector. The toolbox is a starting point for public buyers to learn about the various bio-based products available on the market when considering alternatives ...
Back in June we reported on the Open Contracting Innovation Challenge   - a competition run by the Open Contracting Partnership and the Open Data Institute to recognise ground-breaking data-driven ideas for improving public procurement. Open contracting ...
Government professionals looking to modernize their legacy IT systems have reason to be optimistic as we begin the new fiscal year. Building on the Trump Administration’s sustained interest in improving government technology (a trail well blazed by his ...

Data and Technology

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On Wednesday, June 6, Public Spend Forum convened a Technology Procurement Symposium to identify barriers to government’s adoption of emerging technology and to highlight companies of all sizes that are making a difference in the civic tech space. Held ...
The UK Government’s central buying organisation, Crown Commercial Services (CCS), has launched a new suite of travel and venue solutions for the public sector. Public Sector Travel and Venue Solutions (PSTVS) will enable the booking of rail and air travel, ...
An article we found this week that we think is worthy of your attention is by Omar Salaymeh and appears on Purchasing B2B , in which he claims “… 'free' platforms affect process openness and the ability to keep pace with innovation.” In the case of free ...
As Chief Procurement Officer of King County, Washington, Danielle Hinz has her own dreams for improving the procurement function. From technology modernization to shortening the RFP process using lean methods, she's proving that private sector best practices ...
Public sector organizations may experience great benefit from business intelligence (BI) solutions, but not without diligence in the planning process to understand why they need it and which business challenges are to be solved. This was one of several ...
If you're planning to buy a business intelligence solution, how will you make sure your project isn't one out of every two that will fail ? There are common reasons for this high failure rate, and some relatively easy steps that you as a buyer can take ...
Governments across the world are increasingly leveraging procurement technologies. At Public Spend Forum’s inaugural Public Procurement Technology Symposium, we had four great examples of organizations implementing solutions to improve their processes. ...
Public Spend Forum is on a mission to connect buyers and suppliers in the public sector to reduce waste, drive innovation and accelerate impact. One of the ways we pursue this mission is through our educational webinars and events channel: Modernizing ...

Organization and Culture

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As 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, provided an overview of the Public ...
As Chief Procurement Officer of King County, Washington, Danielle Hinz has her own dreams for improving the procurement function. From technology modernization to shortening the RFP process using lean methods, she's proving that private sector best practices ...
If you're planning to buy a business intelligence solution, how will you make sure your project isn't one out of every two that will fail ? There are common reasons for this high failure rate, and some relatively easy steps that you as a buyer can take ...
Governments across the world are increasingly leveraging procurement technologies. At Public Spend Forum’s inaugural Public Procurement Technology Symposium, we had four great examples of organizations implementing solutions to improve their processes. ...
It makes a nice change to actually report on a public sector ‘good news’ story. This one in particular is a successful procurement transformation story in the UK Blue Light, or emergency services, sector. It was undertaken by Mike Fairbotham, Associate ...
The latest excuse for Americans to divide themselves into warring camps is over the fate of Confederate Civil War monuments. One camp says these are offensive lionizations of slaveholders, while the other says they are part of our heritage and that taking ...
On August 8, Jack Pellegrino, Director of Purchasing & Contracting for the County of San Diego, presented a webinar on how public procurement is a service profession and the importance of customer service within this area. While providing good customer ...
Philadelphia officials in the procurement department knew they had an aging, outdated system that made it difficult for vendors to compete for city work, which made it difficult for the city to get the best available quality and prices. So they got to ...

Planning and Market Analysis

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FM Global’s Supply Chain Resilience Index 2018 is out. This is an annual ranking of 130 countries and territories by the resilience of their business environments. It is an online, interactive resource to give global business leaders, private and public, ...
The Research Data Alliance (RDA) builds the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of public sector data across Europe. Supporting Public Procurement in Europe it released this week (24 July) 4 Recommendations for Open Data Sharing published ...
On July 24, Dr. Steven Kelman, Professor of Public Management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government presented a webinar for suppliers interested in entering the government market. "Selling in the Government - Understand How the Government is Different ...
Public Spend Forum Europe (PSF Europe) provides an article overview of  a recent report from the Sustainability in Public Procurement (SPP) Regions project.  SPP Regions is promoting the creation and expansion of 7 European regional networks of municipalities ...
In this brief tutorial,   DeltaBid   illustrates three useful d ata cuts to support your broader supply market analysis efforts. Public Spend Forum has a broader set of key principles around conducting supply market analysis, as well as training ...
This case study provides an example of developing print requirements by first confirming the underlying organizational need. Further, the case study underscores confirming what the market is able to offer prior to establishing a bid/tender/RFP strategy. ...
This article presents helpful tips and perspectives on conducting market analyses.   Add these tips to your tool box for conducting market analyses – specific tips covered include: supplier market analysis, demand analysis, supplier interviews, and spend ...
This article focuses on the actual gathering of requirements as part of requirements development and writing. While not written with a procurement context specifically in mind, it does provide helpful tips on gathering requirements. In addition to the ...

Procurement Role and Metrics

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The European Commission has published updated guidance on Public Procurement for practitioners around avoiding the most common errors in projects funded under the European Structural and Investment Funds. This is for guidance only and is intended to encourage ...
As Chief Procurement Officer of King County, Washington, Danielle Hinz has her own dreams for improving the procurement function. From technology modernization to shortening the RFP process using lean methods, she's proving that private sector best practices ...
On this most recent episode of the Public Procurement Leaders podcast, host Raj Sharma interviewed Jack Pellegrino, Director of the Office of Purchasing and Contracting for the County of San Diego about what excites him about his job, his organization's ...
Download a preview of Public Spend Forum’s inaugural Public Procurement Technology report today! Join us for the first ever Public Procurement Technology Symposium , to be held on October 18 , 2017. As governments all around the world search ...
TRADITIONAL PRACTICES VS MODERN-DAY REALITIES Public sector procurement practices are based on the fundamental principles that procurement must be fair, open, and transparent. That you must say what you will do, say so in a public fashion, and do what ...
It seems like every purchasing/acquisition leader I talk with (in both the private and public sectors,) as well as many or most of the practitioner-directed literature I read discusses their organization’s transformational journey. In my experience, ...
Product innovation in the U.S. Department of Defense follows an implicit rule: “Better, cheaper, faster—pick two.” Today, the military is simultaneously confronted with declining budgets, skyrocketing system development costs, and a diverse spectrum of ...
Over the years, speakers at the Senior Supply Management Executive Summits hosted by Michigan State University have shared leading-edge ideas and effective strategies as well as defined challenges that remain to be addressed. Four common themes can ...

Solicitation and Award

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FM Global’s Supply Chain Resilience Index 2018 is out. This is an annual ranking of 130 countries and territories by the resilience of their business environments. It is an online, interactive resource to give global business leaders, private and public, ...
An article we found this week that we think is worthy of your attention is by Omar Salaymeh and appears on Purchasing B2B , in which he claims “… 'free' platforms affect process openness and the ability to keep pace with innovation.” In the case of free ...
Last week we mentioned the SPP Regions success story on its CO2 emissions project, which involved the collaboration of 31 contracting authorities carrying out 40 eco-innovative tenders. The organisation has now published 40 good practice examples (or ...
Government professionals looking to modernize their legacy IT systems have reason to be optimistic as we begin the new fiscal year. Building on the Trump Administration’s sustained interest in improving government technology (a trail well blazed by his ...
CSRA won the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Groundbreaker recompete to modernize portions of the intelligence community’s IT infrastructure. The agency awarded the tech firm the first of three portions of its classified contract and is expected to make ...
The General Services Administration (GSA) posted detailed data on how the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract might be divvied up. The newly released information includes coverage details for the 932 Core Based Statistical Areas ...
One of the most satisfying projects I'm involved with these days is the George Cronin Award for Procurement Excellence, a national award for innovation presented by the National Association of State Procurement Officials. I saw a very insightful statement ...
This case study provides an example of developing print requirements by first confirming the underlying organizational need. Further, the case study underscores confirming what the market is able to offer prior to establishing a bid/tender/RFP strategy. ...

Sourcing and Category Management

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FM Global’s Supply Chain Resilience Index 2018 is out. This is an annual ranking of 130 countries and territories by the resilience of their business environments. It is an online, interactive resource to give global business leaders, private and public, ...
Government professionals looking to modernize their legacy IT systems have reason to be optimistic as we begin the new fiscal year. Building on the Trump Administration’s sustained interest in improving government technology (a trail well blazed by his ...
TRADITIONAL PRACTICES VS MODERN-DAY REALITIES Public sector procurement practices are based on the fundamental principles that procurement must be fair, open, and transparent. That you must say what you will do, say so in a public fashion, and do what ...
In the never-ending quest to deliver more value, procurement organizations are trying to squeeze more savings and innovation out of spend categories. But, eventually the well starts to run dry, and when that happens, you need to either get more out of ...
If you pay attention to the federal market, you'll notice something strange. Few small businesses successfully manage to support commercial and federal sector clients at the same time. Here's some data: Over the past five years about 80 companies have ...
Drones have many potential and diverse applications for government, but with the technological and regulatory environment quickly evolving, purchasing them presents different procurement challenges. The National Association of State Procurement Officials ...
Summer is the silly season in federal government contracting. When it comes to business development, many events that most of us go to are on temporary hiatus until September to allow for vacations that limit attendance, so what do we do? Well, there ...
We mentioned in our Newswire last week that the UK’s Local Government Association (LGA) – a membership of councils working to influence central government on issues that matter to local authorities - had released its National Technological and Digital ...

Supplier and Contracting Management

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FM Global’s Supply Chain Resilience Index 2018 is out. This is an annual ranking of 130 countries and territories by the resilience of their business environments. It is an online, interactive resource to give global business leaders, private and public, ...
The European Commission has published updated guidance on Public Procurement for practitioners around avoiding the most common errors in projects funded under the European Structural and Investment Funds. This is for guidance only and is intended to encourage ...
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 ...
The EU and national procurement regulations and defined processes are designed to achieve several objectives. They aim to achieve the best value supply for the taxpayer, to open up and stimulate public sector supply markets and to protect the citizen ...
At the end of last year, the UK’s National Audit Office issued a very useful document titled “ Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice ”. We did provide a n initial overview of it here , and now we are into a more detailed ...
Public Spend Forum Europe (PSF Europe) provides an article overview of  a recent report from the Sustainability in Public Procurement (SPP) Regions project.  SPP Regions is promoting the creation and expansion of 7 European regional networks of municipalities ...
Public Spend Forum Europe (PSF Europe) provides an article overview of the content and findings of a recent document released by the National Audit Office (United Kingdom) on the topic of “be an attractive client”.  The overview presented highlights that ...
At the end of last year, the UK’s National Audit Office issued a very useful document titled “ Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice ”. We did provide an initial overview of it here , and now we are into a more detailed ...