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. 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.

Open Opps Platform Makes Data on Public Sector Spend Accessible To All

Open Opps collects data about available public contracts from hundreds of publishers and websites all around the world. That includes public contracting authorities and also multi-national organisations like the World Bank. A recent initiative has seen the site now offering a spend analysis tool which enables users to carry out more detailed interrogation of about 130 million lines of data contained within the database. That includes opportunities advertised, as well as contract award notices, and the new tool makes it easier to search on specific contracting authorities or spend categories. Read more ...

Aligning Public Procurement Roles with Key Skills - Webinar

Early next week - the 24th April to be exact - we'll be running one of our public procurement workforce webinars. This is the second in a series and will be in conjunction with the US National Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) - but the subject matter is appropriate for all. The first in the series covered the PSF Public Procurement Competency Model, and that will be revisited briefly here, but the main theme on the agenda will be what the common roles in public procurement are, what influences the requirement for those roles, and the competencies needed to perform them. It will also take a look at the objectives of a “Role-Competency Alignment Framework” and give an example of a “Role-Competency Alignment Matrix.” It runs from 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT (that's 6pm GMT and an hour later for rest of Europe) and it's not too late to register here.

And in other news ...

EC - Fairer Trading For Food And Farming

UK - Off-Site Construction Manufacture Could Boost Productivity – But Public Procurement May Need To Change

UK Firms Banned From Government Contracts Without Commitment To SME On-Time Payment

Northern Ireland - Council Procurement Maladministration In Stewarding Services


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