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.

NAO on Commercial & Contract Management – Properly Evaluate Bids

At the end of last year, the UK’s National Audit Office issued a very useful document: “Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice”. We did an initial overview and are now looking in more detail at its content and findings and providing additional analysis. In this post we take a look at insight number 8 - Properly evaluate bids. This falls under the “market management and sourcing” wider heading.

Public Procurement Podcasts – Interview on Reputation in Public Procurement

Continuing his interview series of Public Procurement Podcasts (PPP) Dr Pedro Telles of Swansea University talks to leading academics, researchers and graduates who have an interesting viewpoint on aspects of public sector procurement. He recently interviewed Francesco Decarolis, Associate Professor at Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance in Italy, who was recently awarded ERC Starting Grant to investigate reputation and corruption in public procurement. Here is an overview of the interview and a link to the actual transcript.

European Public Procurement Events Calendar – What’s On?

In our regular outline of forthcoming conferences and other events we think will be of interest to the pan-European public procurement world, here is our roundup for this month, looking ahead to the Autumn. We have chosen events we think will be of interest to practitioners, academics and others, in local or central goverenment and the wider public procurement community.

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