Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement, everywhere, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector market - that's why Public Spend Forum Europe has joined them. In Europe alone, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by governments and public sector bodies. Worth doing well, you might consider.

Part of the PSF site is dedicated to Europe-related issues, and that is where you will find our articles and news stories from this week. It will require a one-off, quick registration to view them. Please join us.

Using Data To Strengthen The Integrity And Effectiveness Of Public Procurement – Ideas From The Finalists (Part 2)

The Open Contracting Innovation Challenge is a competition that looks for innovators who understand the transformational impact better public contracting can have on people’s lives. In part 1 of this article we shared the ideas put forward by 2 of the 6 finalists in the challenge. SpaceshipLabs, a civic tech and web development firm based out of the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico, flags potential contracts and contractors that may be involved in scandal and corruption. OpenOpps, a civic tech firm operating out of London, will unlock new analysis opportunities of procurement data by linking and matching the data of buyers and government entities for its database. In this article we cover another 2 - the Nigerian Open Contracting Portal of the Bureau for Public Procurement  and Datlab, a civic tech firm of a team of IT and economic professionals from the Czech Republic.

Using Data To Strengthen The Integrity And Effectiveness Of Public Procurement – Ideas From The Finalists (Part 3)

In the final part in the series we look at the remaining 2 finalists in the challenge - Sinar Project is an initiative from Malaysia that uses open technology and applications to make government information public and more accessible, and OCD Lab. is a civic tech firm based in Ukraine. Its OCD Search open-source search engine will increase competition for public tenders and generate new ways of interacting with public procurement data. The OCD Lab team estimates that competition for public tenders could increase by 10%-25% through a wider spread of information.

UK Railways Issues - A Victim Of Its Own Success?

The UK is struggling with the question of how to best run its railway system. Train operating companies paid over £800 million to the UK government last year under the various franchise agreements, but the taxpayer pays over £4 billion a year via Network Rail to pay for infrastructure such as the tracks. The next round of contracts with the operating companies will have key terms relaxed compared to previous versions. This willingness to change the terms of the contract reflects the lack of competition in the market, with more rail franchises getting into financial trouble and fears that in some future competitions there will be a lack of firms willing to bid for routes.

 

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