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.

Our articles are now being published on Public Spend Forum in an effort to bring wider and more frequent reporting, with the added benefit of networking to help promote better public sector procurement. It will require a one-off, quick registration to view them. Please join us.

UK’s National Audit Office Slams Nuclear Deal

The UK’s National Audit Office published a damning report recently into the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and their Hinkley Point C nuclear power deal. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which is responsible for this programme, does not come out of this well, although this has been a political imperative. We suspect there’s a fair chance that many senior civil servants in the Department will privately think this is a lousy deal too! Here’s what the report finds.

US Survey Of Government Procurement Professionals – Findings Will Ring True With Europe, Too!

Data intelligence firm Onvia recently released its second annual Survey of Government Procurement Professionals. This is a US-based report, but as we said last year “while this survey garners intelligence from 500-plus government procurement professionals and agencies in the US, its results are rather telling and are a good benchmark for government practitioners in Europe too. It is useful insight for both buyers and sellers in the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace.” Here are some of the findings and a link to the report.

Open Contracting Innovation Challenge - How Would You Use Data To Strengthen Public Procurement?

The Open Contracting Innovation Challenge is a competition to recognise ground-breaking data-driven ideas for improving public procurement. More than $9.5 trillion is spent by governments every year through contracts with suppliers. But contracting is plagued by opacity and inefficiency and is a government’s number-one corruption risk. Better, smarter and fairer government contracting can have a huge impact on people’s lives. The Innovation Challenge honours original ideas for managing, analysing, and monitoring how governments buy goods and services. Here is an introduction to the 6 finalists chosen to compete for the number-one prize this September.



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