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. So here is a roundup of what we were discussing this week.

Nationalism on the Rise - Need To Keep an Eye on Public Procurement

It seems we are entering into a world of greater nationalism in terms of both politics and economics. Trump appears to see international trade as much more of a contest than an opportunity for win:win outcomes. Closer to home, in the UK, the recent Building Our Industrial Strategy “Green Paper” from the government contained a few good ideas and worthwhile suggestions. But the section on public procurement also contained some slightly disturbing comments ...

National Audit Office Best Practice - Make Time To Develop Commercial Strategy

The UK’s National Audit Office issued a very useful document “Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice." We have provided  an initial overview of it and have started a more detailed review of its content and findings. For each area the NAO has covered, we will look at their content and then give any additional analysis or thoughts on what we would add to the mix. Today, we will take a look at the first of the NAO insights (as they call them) – “Make time to develop strategy.”

Audit Report Into Failed Police Scotland IT Project - Accenture Pays Up

In major public procurement contracts, risk transfer is one of the most important issues to consider. It is easy to assume that transferring delivery risk to the supplier is the right thing to do, and indeed it often is. However, the Scottish Police i6 project is an illustration of the limitations of this approach, as the very clear and concise report issued last week by Audit Scotland into the failed project shows. What can we learn from this case?

National Audit Office Best Practice (Part3) – Properly Develop Commercial Strategy

After “making time to develop strategy," today we take a look at the second of the NAO insights (as they call them) – “Properly develop strategy.” So after “making time to develop strategy”, clearly that development has to be executed properly, because, as NAO says, “underdeveloped commercial strategies will not be achievable”.  And the NAO is critical of what it usually finds during its work with government organisations. It gives guidance on what it calls emerging best practice.

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