Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

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Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to the exciting and fascinating matters connected with European public sector procurement and further afield, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector market. Before you think about switching off, it's worth remembering that 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 last week.

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Public Spend Forum Podcast - The Mystery of the $1 Contract

The first of a new US series of procurement podcasts is available now. It’s around 20 minutes long, very professionally put together, and features Public Spend Forum’s Director of Learning & Content Development interviewing the acquisition expert with the General Services Administration’s (GSA) digital services division ( a central procurement body that puts in place frameworks and contracts for wider use around a wide range of US government organisations). They talk about the 18F approach to innovation, the need to be unafraid of failure as you try new things, the (in)famous “$1 procurement” that got the US government exactly what it needed, while raising eyebrows around the country.

UK Politics Goes Into Meltdown - But Public Procurement Agenda Is Unchanged

As we have said before, there are unlikely to be any changes for some time in terms of UK public procurement legislation. The 2014 directives were transposed into UK regulations (law) in April 2015. At some point (assuming there is an exit), we will get into interesting discussions no doubt about how the UK regulations might be improved by moving away from the EU directives template. But that is likely to be years away. However, there are more immediate and pressing issues for contracting authorities and practitioners to consider ...

Skilled People Needed For UK / EU Negotiations - Training Not "Natural Ability" Please!

Now we are into the post-referendum panic phase in England, thoughts are turning to the negotiations with the EU which will be needed to thrash out the terms of the UK’s departure. One immediate problem for the UK that has already been identified is a resource and skills gap. It is many years since the UK civil service have had to take part in trade negotiations, as pretty much everything has been handled at European level. Similarly, our politicians have simply never had to face anything as challenging as they now will over the next couple of years. t's essential the UK thinks quickly about how the country can make sure it has a team of negotiators who are not just good diligent civil servants, or successful politicians, or smart Oxford PPE graduates, but genuinely expert, skilled negotiators.

Public Procurement Podcasts – Pedro Telles Talks to Petra Ferk on Electronic Procurement

The return of the public procurement podcasts -- Dr Pedro Telles of Swansea University interviews leading academics, researchers and graduates who have an interesting viewpoint on aspects of public sector procurement. In this podcast he talks to Assistant Professor for public administration at Graduate School of Government and European Studies about electronic procurement in Directive 2014/24/EU. They discuss transpositions times, what it is that actually needs to be transposed, and why they believe the public sector has lagged the private sector in this area for so long.

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