Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector market. 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 – follow the links in the summaries below.

Open Contracting Innovation Award Goes To Telus From The Sinar Project For Putting Transparency In Government Contracting

We've been writing about the Open Contracting Innovation Challenge, a competition run by the Open Contracting Partnership and the Open Data Institute to recognise ground-breaking data-driven ideas for improving public procurement, and we have covered the shortlisted finalists in previous posts. So today we are delighted to highlight the achievements of challenge winner Malaysian civic tech organisation, the Sinar Project, and its efforts to lauch project Telus - which exposes political interests in public procurement.

UK Government Publishes 18-Month-Old SME Spending Numbers - Why So Late?

We discovered this week that the UK government has issued the data showing central departments’ spend with smaller suppliers (SMEs) for 2015/16 – a mere 18 months after the period in question. A possible reason for the delay and certainly the reason why this was slipped out with no publicity was obvious on reading the document: spend with SMEs according to the government’s own measurement actually declined in 15/16 from the previous year, from 27% to 24%. But the irony is that the government’s own controversial way of calculating the figures is actually the reason for the decline ...

 

Other news ...

Councils Should Not Take On Large Public Procurement Projects

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