Public Spend Matters Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Matters Europe is dedicated to the exciting and fascinating matters connected with European public sector procurement. 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. So here is a roundup of what we've been discussing this week.

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The Public Procurement Workforce - Filling the Competency Gap

Public Spend Forum has been engaged with launching an initiative to address the challenge of effective execution of public policies and to rebuild public trust in government in the US, helping to draft a competency model for public procurement professionals. This is intended to be a standardised catalogue of the skills needed to help fill the competency gap in the procurement workforce. We think this will be useful and applicable to all procurement people pretty much anywhere in the world. A meeting of public procurement leaders from across the globe gave their interpretations of how they see the landscape today, and "there was a general consensus that a lack of “soft skills” was holding procurement back from being seen as the business advisers the department should be."

Digital Outcomes and Specialist Framework - New Guidance from the UK's Cabinet Office

The UK government has issued guidance around the use of the Digital Marketplace and the Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework. The DO&S is designed to provide outcomes, specialists and user research services for digital projects, and there are over 1,200 suppliers on the framework. There are a number of interesting aspects to this. For a start, the design of this framework is very much on the same lines as the G-Cloud. It is not a "traditional" framework in which the selection of the suppliers is quite detailed and onerous, leading to a limited number of successful participants. Instead, qualification is pretty straightforward; it is more about meeting a quite low threshold to gain a listing as an “approved supplier” - hence the "1200 suppliers" listed. That brings a number of benefits ...

Nigeria Arrests Senior Officials on Corrupt Procurement of Arms Charges to Tune of $15 Billion

Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, speaking on Monday, said that about $15 billion had been stolen from Nigeria’s public funds during the previous administration through fraudulent arms procurement deals. In January this year, 55 people including government ministers, military chiefs, state governors, public officials, bankers and businessmen were reported to have stolen 1.34 trillion naira ($6.8 billion) over a seven-year period alone in the shape of fraudulent arms equipment deals. Two weeks ago, former high-profile national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was arrested for allegedly stealing $2 billion (£1.3 billion). He is accused of awarding ‘phantom’ contracts to buy 12 helicopters, 4 fighter jets and ammunition. This again highlights the corrosive effects that procurement corruption can have on entire nations.

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