Public Spend Forum – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public procurement and the public sector market. It tackles universal public procurement issues and produces podcasts, articles, opinion pieces, community notices, and news stories, and hold regular events. To check out what we've been up to follow the links below or follow us @PSpendForum.

Thoughts on Evaluation Criteria

One of Public Spend Forum’s members has written an account of what we want – and need – from public sector RFIs. He believes there are lots of steps public sector buyers can take, while remaining compliant, to improve the acquisitions process, select better vendors, and yield better outcomes. We end up with “a mish-mash of corporate English that no one wanted to write and is miserable to read. Worse it does little to help an agency identify and select the vendor with the highest probability of success,” he says, “So I’ve got an idea. Let’s carve out a section in a federal RFP where buyers can describe what they really care about. And then vendors can respond in a really focused way to those specific pain points.” Well worth a read.

Why Move from Private to Public Sector – There Are Many Good Reasons

Of course we aren’t saying there are not many good reasons for doing the opposite, but this is a roundup of the many differences between the two sectors based on questions we often get asked. It covers: What are the differences between public and private sector procurement?  5 Reasons Why You Should Take a Role in the Public Sector. What to prepare for a public sector or public procurement job interview. All based on first-hand experiences of our own Peter Smith. Read that here.

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