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.

UK Election - Brexit Negotiations Thrown Into Doubt After Shock Election Result

Following the most stunning election result in the UK of our lifetime, we have huge uncertainty over whether the Conservatives can form an effective government at all, whether a minority Labour government is feasible, or whether we will need to have another election soon. A few thoughts on how this came to pass.

NAO on Commercial & Contract Management – Ensure Shared Understanding (of the Contract)

The UK’s National Audit Office issued a very useful document Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practiceFor each area the NAO has covered, we look at their content and then give any additional analysis or thoughts. Today, we take a look at number 10 of the NAO insights (as they call them) – Ensure shared understanding. This falls under the “Contract approach “wider heading. This sounds like a genuine cry for help from the NAO!

Shadow IT and Growing Concern in the Public Sector

There’s been a lot of interest in the press recently about the use of personal devices – and indeed mobile devices in general - in the public sector workplace and (while there are benefits, especially in front-line emergency services) the security risk they can pose. A recent article “Turning the tide: how the public sector can win the battle against shadow IT," explains how Shadow IT – the use of IT systems and software inside an organisation, without explicit approval from Finance or IT – can leave a firm vulnerable to security breaches and what you can begin to do about it.

New Guide - Protecting Human Rights in the Supply Chain

A new guide for public procurement practitioners has been published. “Protecting human rights in the supply chain” gives good advice on how contracting authorities, senior managers and procurement / commercial professionals can play their part in the drive to eliminate human rights abuses around the world. It runs through an explanation of the problem, and why it matters to the public sector (just as it should also matter to the private sector, of course). It suggests how practitioners can get started in terms of identifying and prioritising human rights-related risks in their supply chains, and how monitoring can be carried out.

 

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