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 on its website you will find articles, podcasts, opinion pieces, community notices, discussion trails and news stories. Some are country-specific, others global. It will require a one-off, quick registration to view them. If you feel strongly about making a difference in public sector procurement, please join us – follow the links in the summaries below. And follow us @PSpendForum to hear what we've been up to and what we've got in store.

Should I Take A Job In Public Procurement? 

We recently saw the interviews take place for the Chief Executive role at Crown Commercial Service (CCS), the UK central government collaborative buying operation. We suspected the candidates would include some, maybe even all, who are primarily private sector in terms of their background.  So why would a high-flying corporate CPO, COO or similar make that move into government? We’ve written abut this before, but in this article we give our (refreshed) view on five of the points they might consider when taking a job in public procurement.

The Public Procurement Leaders Podcast - Lean and the Opportunity Costs of Inefficiency

Harrison Smith, deputy chief procurement officer at The Internal Revenue Service, has been a champion for change in our procurement profession for many years. In this podcast, hosted by Raj Sharma, CEO of Public Spend Forum, he talks about improving industry relationships and doing whatever it takes to deliver good outcomes for customers and stakeholders. He also talks about his wider responsibilities of  helping his organisation to function better, and looks into the future at his new priorities, sharing how he uses lean principles to remove efficiency and waste from the IRS procurement system.

And in other news ...

CBI Report on Public/Private Collaboration to Reduce Market Complexity and Drive Value

Slovakia - Public Procurement Office Objects to Curbing Its Powers

Social Value, Not Just Cost, To Be Enforced When Making Public Procurement Decisions

Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement

Belarus Receives WTO Government Procurement Committee Status


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