Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector market. Around Europe, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by government and public sector bodies of some sort. Worth doing well, you might consider. So here is a roundup of what we were discussing this week. If you find anything interesting, please click through to the full article:

Risk Allocation In Government Contracts & Commercial Stupidity From Serco

We heard it suggested that some government departments and buyers sometimes see transferring as much risk as possible over to the provider as a “badge of honour.” While the supplier does have to share some responsibility for taking on risk, there are times when it shouldn't, and this report highlights one of those occasions. Serco took on the risk for something over which it had little, if any, control -- incredible!

Future Plans for Wales -- Post Brexit

A recent publication from the Welsh government, Securing Wales’ Future – Transition from the European Union to a new relationship with Europe, looks at the implications of the UK leaving the EU with a focus on Wales. The section on public procurement contains some curious wording, and a fundamental paradox. We take a look ...

Analysis of Public Sector Procurement Reveals Growth in Tenders and Contract Awards

A recent special report highlights government award and tender details for 2016, revealing some interesting and useful stats, which might indicate that the vote to leave the EU may have given rise to an upturn in public spending. In the last three months of 2016 nearly £100 billion worth of public sector tenders was advertised, over 50% more than in the final quarter of 2015. We look at some key findings from the report.

Ultranet - An Australian IT Procurement Scandal With Wider Lessons

We don’t often feature stories from outside Europe, but this one seems interesting and relevant to everyone. Some of its general points all organisations to take note. It concerns a report from the Independent Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) in the state of Victoria, Australia, highlighting a pretty incredible story of wasted public money, bad practice and outright corruption.

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