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.

No Deal Brexit Pledge Of A New Online Procurement Portal To Replace OJEU

After the UK leaves the EU community (if it does) next March, and if there is no deal in place, the government pledges a replacement UK-specific e-notification service for contract opportunities to be made available (we assume from day one of exit). It is to replace the current OJEU and online Tenders Electronic Daily portal through which all government contracts (over certain thresholds) and which fall within the scope of the EU procurement directives must be advertised. More information here.

Cyber Security - Finding the Best Solutions

Last week we told you about the podcast The Current State Of Public Sector Cyber Security Procurement (which you can still listen to here). Cyber security is about more than just technology; it requires the right people and processes to protect an organization’s entire digital footprint from attacks and unauthorized access - writes Frank McNally. As a procurement professional, you have an important role to play - researching the market to identify emerging solutions can add tremendous value to your agency’s cyber health. One of the first challenges is simply navigating the landscape for cyber solutions, but this can take more time than most government contracting professionals have. Read how GovShop can help.

TCO and Outcome-Based Sourcing

Public Spend Forum community member Joe Sandor of Michigan State University offers a simple total cost of ownership checklist and an article on outcomes, following a discussion thread on Value-Based Requirements. Worth checking out here.

And in other news ...

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New Laws on Access to Finance for Small Business

Hungary and EU in Dispute Affecting Funds Worth $1.8 billion


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