Links I Liked [Public Procurement]

1. Crown Commercial Service Update for June 2015. Not many highlights but I will point out two policy updates. One already mentioned here about the new "obligation" of compliance with the Mystery Shopper service, the other about the statistical returns for 2013 and 2014 public contracts (which should be sent to the CCS by July 10th). Will the return rates improve? I remain sceptical. 

In the meanwhile we are still waiting for further guidance on how to use the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

2. Nominees for the 2015 Procurement of Innovation Award have been published. None from the UK (or Portugal for that matter).

3. Civic Tech is the Next Big Thing. Fully agreed, although it will take an awful long time to see that happening often in the EU. We are getting there, albeit slowly.

4. Big shake up on the World Bank procurement guidelines and procedures is coming. Money is on that it will look more like EU procurement. It is probably no coincidence that the new Chief Procurement Officer of the WB is a Briton. I do not usually cover WB procurement here, but that may change in the future.

5. In the Philippines, there is no bad procurement just bad laws. Where have I heard this excuse before...

Speaking of the Philippines, they are one of the few countries with a Procurement Ombudsman. Did not really work out well there it seems.

Links I Liked [Public Procurement]

1. Nice podcast about public procurement, from 2014. And no, it's not mine. Speaking of which, episode #3 with Frank Brunetta (Canadian Procurement Ombudsman) is now up.

2. The weird and wonderful world of local authority procurement. My Society looks like a very interesting project.

3. New Mistery Shopper results. And more importantly, apparently compliance is now mandatory for some (all?) contracting authorities in England and Wales since the Small Business Enterprise and Employment act came into force (Regulation 41). Also known as "assisting investigations." Oh, the euphemisms...

4. The World Bank is finally disclosing the identity of procurement contract winners. Say what you may about disclosing too much information after a tendering procedure, but not even disclosing the identity of the winning bidder smells beyond fishy. More about public contracts awardees information here (speculative).

5. Porto jumped into the bandwagon of "procurement infused" design contests. I am a sucker for innovation initiatives like this, but my usual concerns remain: i) intellectual property; ii) lock in; iii) design contests are not the right approach as they split R&D from procurement. Website for project here (Portuguese only).