Recap & Recording: The Metrics of Public Procurement (Part 1)

28 Mar 2019
Governments around the world purchase approximately $10 trillion in goods and services to accomplish their missions, serve their citizens, and achieve public policy goals. But how do government leaders and managers, policy makers, and citizens know the money is being spent effectively and...

Insights from New York City’s Procurement Transformation

20 Nov 2019
NYC’s Journey to Procurement Digitization Digital procurement has the power to unlock significant capabilities for organizations that embrace change and commit to bringing formerly paper-driven tasks online. But as the rate of technology change has outpaced the public sector,...

Five bold public contracting reforms to improve public services in five cities

17 Oct 2019
Five teams of public contracting reformers from Buenos Aires, Ecuador, Mexico City, Moldova, and New Orleans have been selected to participate in the inaugural Lift impact programme, the Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) and social impact firm Reboot. The year-long support programme is designed...

Farmers Call for Food Trading System Complete Treasury Review

11 Jul 2019
At a UK Future Farmers seminar recently, the NFU president said: “There has got to be a complete review of the competition framework. It has to be done by the Treasury, it has to be serious and it has to be done in 12 months.” Britain’s food trading system is “unique” and...

Opportunity to Boost Public Procurement Power

13 Jun 2019
ICLEI has a couple of opportunities to help buyers engage with suppliers and other public authorities across Europe to discover and shape new innovative solutions for their procurement needs. It helps link up procurement plans and requirements with funded projects that can bring buyers and...

Buying as One: Category Management Lessons from the United Kingdom

2 Apr 2019
This IBM report is good reference material for category management best practice for government. Category Management was adopted as a purchasing strategy in the 1980s by the private sector, particularly retail and manufacturing. Essentially it was putting similar types of spend into...

5 Tips for Better Communication Between Buyers and Suppliers

19 Mar 2019
A guide to better industry communication to get the most out of your contracting outcomes It’s a well-known problem in the government contracting industry that the lines of communication between the government agencies and the suppliers bidding for their business don’t always flow freely....

New Meeting Rules for Effective Meetings Within Your Procurement Organization

11 Mar 2019
Spoiler alert: it’s all about preparation. “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and will never achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.’ – Dave Barry, American Humorist Meetings: where minutes are kept and hours are lost....

Dilemmas in Selecting Good Suppliers & Good Procurement Talents

22 Feb 2019
When I was equally ambitious but somewhat younger one of my former employers supported my MBA. (That was during the Dotcom bubble with Internet still in its infancies). I recall one beer-night with fellow-students when we had a discussion on successful recruitment methods. We felt that networking...

A New Day, A New Way: The Vested Model and Vancouver Island Health Authority

31 Jan 2019
How to co-create a win-win contract for both sides Sometimes it is extremely difficult for two sides to agree on a contract. That is exactly where Vancouver Island Health Authority hospitalists and administrators found themselves when their contract expired on June 30, 2014. Island Health serves...

What Do You Want!? Thoughts on Evaluation Criteria

4 Dec 2018
When was the last time you read an inspiring response to a Federal Request for Proposal (RFP)? How about merely informative? Tolerable? Yeah me neither. Even the ones I write are pretty horrid. And yet we’ve created a federal acquisitions and sales process that in large part revolves around...

More Social Value in UK Public Procurement

22 Nov 2018
Public Sector Executive has recently published a perspective from Rose Lasko-Skinner, a researcher at Reform. She is working on a paper looking at choice and competition in the public sector and has written on how failure to understand risk makes for poor procurement practices. She discusses the...