Best of Public Spend Forum: Jonathan Messinger’s Picks

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Closing out “Best Of” Week are the following posts from Public Spend Forum, our sister site focusing on public sector procurement. I asked Jonathan Messinger to pick a few posts from the past six months to showcase, and he did, but not without including a classic from last year.

The Good Life on the State’s Credit: The Challenge of Managing Payments – “Being that we’re Louisiana, despite our recent push for improved ethics, well, we seem to specialize in bad government,” writes David Wyld, who is a management professor at Southeastern Louisiana University. “How bad is the abuse of credit cards here in our state? Two recent cases have focused media attention on the issue.”

Bringing Pilots to the Federal Government: An Interview with Clay Johnson – Jonathan Messinger interviews Clay Johnson, who is the founder of Blue State Digital and Department of Better Technology, as well as an outspoken critic of how tech procurement is done in the federal government. Clay discusses pilot programs, whether there is such a thing as successful large IT procurement projects, the importance of competition, and much more.

Five Things People Are Saying about the New 18F – In March, the federal government introduced a new unit of the General Services Administration focused on IT delivery. Jonathan combed through Twitter and blogs to see what the public’s reaction to the self-described startup has been.

The Trouble With Defense Acquisition in One Chart – Jonathan writes, “I tip my hat to the chart-maker who managed to wrangle all of those bubbles and lines. This chart is actually a training tool in the Defense Acquisition University, and is supposed to show how three key processes need to come together to make a successful acquisition: the requirements process, the acquisition process, and program and budget development.”

Numbers Never Lie: The Big Picture Perspective on Reverse Auctioning in the Federal Government – Earlier this year, the Federal Acquisition Service claimed that it has achieved $1.35 billion in acquisition savings in 2013, in large part due to the use of reverse auctions. However, as David Wyld points out, the savings in the reverse auctioning area are “miniscule in comparison with those generated by agencies working in partnership with private sector service providers.”

And to conclude the concluding “Best Of,” here’s a post that is bound to make it into the Public Spend Forum canon, which should be finalized circa 2113 A.D. Jonathan picked this post because people are reading and rereading it. If you haven’t been one of them, here’s a refresher on The Seven Most Overused Words in Procurement.

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