Links I Liked [Public Procurement]

1. Spanish region of Castilla-Leon used social clauses in 76% of its contracts in 2016 (Spanish only). No indication of what exact type of clauses were used, their cost or how they were monitored but in addition to social clauses proper the region has reserved contracts.

2. Lawsuit seeks to ban Google from US Government contracts for refusing to hand over confidential information about its employees.

3. A new award for public procurement research is born (Spanish only).

4. Responsible procurement: general status, trends and implementation.

5. Concern as private firms line up to give free advice to the Tory Brexit Department. This is a textbook example of why I am so vociferously against making pre-market engagement legal and mainstream.