Public Procurement Best Practices Exchange Hits London and the United Kingdom

Sep 21, 2016
Last week, we held the kick-off meeting for the Public Spend Forum Best Practices Exchange in the UK. The Exchange has been a feature of the Public Spend Forum program in the USA for a year or more now, one of the elements of the PSF initiative launched by Raj Sharma and his team. Nancy Clinton and...

6 Ways for Public Sector Buyers to Get a Better Price

Sep 8, 2016
In the first article on driving value in public procurement, I outlined four areas where you can achieve the many goals of procurement while also fulfilling your mission needs. In other words, ways to get the most value out of the work you do. Those levers were split those into four groups:...

To Lot or Not To Lot – Confusion Over EU Procurement Rules

Oct 2, 2015
Running a workshop last week with around 30 public sector managers, we got into an interesting discussion about the EU procurement directives and the approach to “lots”. That was surprising perhaps, as few of the group were procurement experts, but the topic is having an impact on many managers...

Australia Seeks to Use Procurement to Empower Aboriginal Australians

May 4, 2015
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...

2015 Challenges for Public Procurement – Austerity

Jan 25, 2015
We listed our six challenges for public procurement in 2015 at the beginning of the month. Here they are again. Challenge no.1; Implementation of New Directives Challenge no.2; Austerity continues Challenge no.3; Social issues Challenge no. 4; Value and Innovation Challenge no.5; The Fight against...

Still Time to Enter for Procura+ Awards

Don’t forget entries close on March 31 2019 for the Sustainable, Circular and Innovative Public Procurement Awards -full details are here. The Procura+ Awards recognise sustainable and innovative public procurements and tender procedures which lead to real improvements in public goods, services,...