5. EU criticises new Australian Government procurement guidelines. Community benefits/social considerations, Australian style.
2. GDS is looking for help to design "digital first" public contracts that are easy and simple to use. I am fully supportive of initiatives like this.
4. We need more contract implementation data says the OKF. Having been a procurement lawyer myself, contract implementation stage is always a good moment to try and extract concessions from the contracting authority. This view is supported by the whole body of research by Jean Tirole and colleagues on incomplete contracts. As there is no competition and limited transparency, economic operators have all the incentives to bend arms and rules at this stage.
Even then I would not be surprised if added transparency at performance stage would simply shift the focus from cost increases (which can be quantified) to quality decreases (which cannot be quantified easily).
1. Netsweeper (Canadian company) helps Bahrain censor the Internet for a cool $1.2M. Well, you're either on the business of dealing with unsavoury regimes or not.
1. Why don't Open Government Commitments get implemented? Some good points in there and relevant for public contract disclosure.
2. Pushing for open government in Africa. Open government is not a end all solution for corruption but raising the likelihood of corruption discovery certainly helps.
3. Open Data Portals are only the beginning, not the end. Good post from someone on the inside arguing the need to move forward, instead of keeping stuck on a 2008 mental framework.
4. New Horizon 2020 tender to help small companies access markets. The irony the Commission is using the SME-unfriendly competitive dialogue for this does not evade me...
5. Parla local council will include social clauses on its public contracts (Spanish only). Well, good luck with that.
1. More info about the "Crown Marketplace" for local authorities. Not very juicy, but Central Government keeps pushing for lowering participation barriers.
2. Procurement of reactors in Hungary appears to fall prey of procurement rules. Although to be honest the biggest problem appears to be related with State Aid.
3. Northern Ireland sets up Open Data portal. Website looks good but sadly it contains zero information about procurement, although the spending data may be useful.