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.

Corrupt Procurement Consultant Gets Six Years In Prison For World Bank Fraud

Any procurement corruption is wrong of course, but it seems worse when it is in effect connected with public money that should be used for worthwhile purposes. In this article we look at the case of  a recent arrest of a World Bank consultant on 13 charges of fraud. As the mainstream media reported: "... Judge Testar echoed the sentiments of a World Bank employee who told the court during Tappuni’s trial that ‘the issue of fraud and corruption in World Bank contracts is critical and goes to the core of the Bank’s mission which, of course, is to relieve poverty’”.

EU Thresholds - A Candid View And Some Common Questions

The logic behind EU thresholds - some say there is none and they are 'complete madness' in this day and age. Their rate of change and reasons for arriving at what seem 'arbirary' numbers, made us think about some of the common confusions over their implementation for the practitioner. What do you do when you have started a procurement, and the contract notice has gone out, but the award won’t be made until the following year? Do you adjust it to take into consideration the new thresholds? for example.

Should Public Sector Be Contracting For Outcomes

There has been much talk in recent years about the need for public sector procurement of services (in particualr) to focus more on outcomes rather than specifying in detail the activities that the supplier will carry out. But there are still many case studies where the commissioners have struggled to move to an outcome-based approach. Even where there has been some payment based on outcomes in UK programmes, often the supplier still has to carry out specified tasks and is largely paid or monitored based on those. We take a look at Slough Council and the authority’s experience of true contracting for outcomes.

 

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