Public Spend Matters Europe – Highlights from Last Week

As Friday was a bank holiday here in the UK, today let's publish our rundown of  highlights from our site dedicated to exciting and fascinating matters connected with European public sector procurement (we wouldn't want you to miss out!) - Public Spend Matters Europe.  As usual, before you think about switching off, it's worth remembering that 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.

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Public Procurement Podcasts - Dr Telles Talks to Guilherme Lichand about Corruption in Healthcare

Pedro Telles interviews Guilherme Lichand, a PhD candidate in Political Economy and Government at Harvard University, following a paper he has produced on the effects of an anti-corruption programme put in place in Brazil. It reveals how cracking down on corruption can actually hurt public service delivery, in more ways than we might at first suspect. It's an interesting and detailed talk in the shape of a podcast, but accompanied by a full transcript. The essence of it is here in this post, but much more detail can be found on PPP website.

Anne Rung from the White House Speaks at Spend Matters Summit - the Challenges Facing US Government Procurement

Two posts this week on Anne Rung, who is President Obama's appointed Head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy – the closest there is to a US government “Chief Purchasing Officer" in effect. She gave a speech at our ProcureTech Summit earlier this month which focused quite heavily on IT procurement - it was a technology conference after all. That super-category accounts for no less than $51 Billion annual spend -- she talked about challenges that will be familiar to many in the public sector in any country, including "Buyers don't talk to the supply side enough" and "lack of good data and information."

Anne Rung from the White House Speaks at Spend Matters Summit - Plans and Achievements

The second post looks into what Rung is doing to move US government procurement forward and get better value from the huge $455 Billion annual spend.

doing to move US government procurement forward and get better value from the huge $455 Billion annual spend, and the $50 billion on the IT spend category, as that was her focus particularly in this session? She is working on both efficiency actions and innovation. A major initiative is the introduction of category management on a Federal basis, for ten major category areas. She has recruited what she calls “category CEOs” for the ten common goods and services categories; the UK got a mention here as a government that was also taking this approach.

Deirdre Halloran on Social Value in Public Procurement

Deirdre Halloran is a third year Ph.D Candidate in the School of Law at NUI Galway in Ireland.  Her research is titled Community Benefit Clauses in Public Procurement: A Comparative Legal and Policy Analysis.  She is a lawyer by training and is an expert in the use of Social Clauses in public procurement. She spoke at the recent Early Career Researcher event in London, organised by Dr Pedro Telles. She explained how government and contracting authorities can simply strive to achieve "value for money" or can look to achieve more -- and went on to explore social value.


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