Two new interviews available on the Public Procurement Podcast

Forgot to announce that episodes #9 and #10 are already up on the Public Procurement Podcast website. Oops.

On episode #9 I talk with Dr. Franco Peirone (University of Piemonte Orientale) about corruption in public procurement and how the US and the EU went down different paths on their fight against corruption.

The interviewee on #10 is Dr. Ramona Apostol (Corvers Procurement Services) with public procurement of innovation as the key topic of our chat.

#11 will go live next week and the guest for that one is Abby Semple from Procurement Analysis.

Right on time for the weekend. Oh, and if you missed any of the previous episodes, maybe subscribing the PPP on iTunes is best solution.

Links I Liked [Public Procurement]

1. Lord Carter's report on NHS procurement is out. Apparently it recommends a deep cleaning. Or a good scrubbing.

2. 18F tests GitHub for reverse auctions for small pieces of coding work. Contracts start at $3499 and contractors bid down the price and are only paid if they deliver the code on time and with the expected quality. I think this is an incredible idea, but one of commenter has already put the finger where it hurts: potential collusion. However, in liquid markets such as web design/website coding, I think we'll be better off overall.

3. Abby Semple writes about the living wage in public procurement.

4. Corruption in Malaysian public procurement?

5. Albert writes about the definition of body of public law and illegal presumptions in restrictions of competition in public procurement.

Arrived on my pile [Public Procurement]

I bought a few procurement related books recently, here's what's on my pile by order of arrival: 

1. Abby Semple, A Practical Guide to Public Procurement, Oxford 2015

A fresh and modern take on public procurement from a practical perspective. I say this not as a criticism but as praise: books should be more approachable and relevant for the day to day interests of professionals in academia and otherwise. The days of navel gazing public procurement prose should be behind us.

2. Amy Ludlow, Privatising Public Prisons: Labour Law and the Public Procurement Process, Bloomsbury, 2015

Another fresh publication from the last couple of months. I am all for mixing procurement with other topics, so I jumped at the opportunity of getting this quite monograph mixing procurement and labour law. It helps I will be interviewing Amy in the near future for my new public procurement podcast and wanted to be better prepared than otherwise. Brownie points for the availability of a Kindle edition.

3. Peter Trepte, Regulating Procurement, Oxford 2004

An "old school" book and one I wanted to buy for some time. It is naturally outdated as it was drafted before the 2004 procurement directives, but still important today by introducing procurement concepts in a clear and accessible way (another example of non-navel gazing public procurement prose). Shamelessly bought second hand, my personal copy was de-commissioned from a University library (no prizes for guessing which one!), where it had been consulted only once back in 2009. As I am writing a paper which delves into various historical bits of public procurement, this appeared to be a good addition to my personal library. Speaking of that paper: I have also received Hebly's mammoth-sized opus on the history behind the various procurement directives. This one in interlibrary loan only. 

In the meanwhile, we're all waiting for Albert's Public Procurement and the EU Competition rules 2nd edition, which I am told, should be out before the Summer. Will there be a Kindle edition this time around?