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How to Handle Contract Disputes by Shené Commodore, CPCM

November 11, 2013

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Editor’s Note: Over the past few months we have focused on the factors that have led to the high rate of failure of complex contracting relationships, as well as the challenges it poses in terms of engaging an increasingly cynical supply base.  The latter is particularly true in relation to the public sector procurement process as […]

Sustainability and Finance by Ian Burdon

November 4, 2013

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Editor’s Note: Ian Burdon is currently the Director of Strategic Business Development at Elcom, Inc.  Prior to joining Elcom, Ian held senior positions with the Scottish Government including Head of eProcurement Scotland.  The views in this article represent his personal views and do not reflect the views of Elcom. As I discussed in my last […]

Disconnected policies in public sector spend: Ombudsman Minto’s policy review revisited (Part 2 of 2) by Jon Hansen

August 5, 2013

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In Part 1 of today’s post, I talked about the consensus that public sector procurement is a critical tool in driving socioeconomic benefit. Referencing a number of articles by industry experts, it is clear that there is a universal acknowledgement that we have to do more in terms of leveraging public coffers in critical areas […]

Margaret Thatcher: An Insider’s Perspective by Colin Cram (Part 2)

April 15, 2013

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Editor’s Note: Part 1 of this series was posted on Thursday, April 11th My report on procurement proposed more outsourcing and a team was set up to drive this forward. However, the government was unable to overcome resistance to it. By the time John Major had taken over, in 1991, my estimate was that much […]

The arrest of former president of SNC-Lavalin raises the question; Is the Government’s integrity policy based on the fruit of the poisonous tree principle? by Jon Hansen

April 12, 2013

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News reports announced that “Pierre Duhaime, former president of SNC-Lavalin, was arrested at his Montreal-area home Wednesday on charges of fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and using forged documents.” While one may be inclined to simply shake their head at this most recent example of the avarice and moral decline of yet another corporate executive, […]

Review of UK Central Government Procurement Spend by Colin Cram

April 2, 2013

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Whilst the UK government seems to be re-doubling its efforts to improve procurement by central government, the impact of the changes so far have been limited according to one Parliamentary body. Whilst parliamentary debates between the government and opposition parties tend to hit the headlines, much of the hard work of ensuring good quality legislation […]

Delivering Government Procurement Policies by Colin Cram

March 14, 2013

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In the 1980s, a TV comedy programme in the UK achieved very high audience ratings. Margaret Thatcher, the then Prime Minister, was an avid fan. It was called ‘Yes, Minister!’ and viewers saw the hapless government minister pitched against the civil servants, led by ‘Sir Humphrey’, who did their best to undermine any ministerial policy […]

Outsourcing by Colin Cram FCIPS

November 9, 2012

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Since 1990 it has sometimes seemed that no UK government could outsource enough. The Labour Party, for the information of those readers outside the UK, is generally thought to be the most left wing of the main political parties and, as its name suggests, has a close relationship with the trades unions. However, when it […]

UK Public Sector Procurement News by Colin Cram

August 24, 2012

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UK public sector procurement has been in the news the past two months. The Scottish government (no, Scotland is not an independent country, but it does have a lot of autonomy, rather like the states in the USA) has passed a bill merging its 8 police forces. A detailed business case concluded that merger, as […]

Austerity Measures: Coming to a Company Near You? by Kelly Barner

July 24, 2012

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Today’s economic updates are full of sour news – we hear about faltering stability in the Euro Zone caused by high debt to GDP ratios and high rates of unemployment in Greece, Spain and Italy. North America is dealing with their own economic contraction: both the U.S. and Canada face increasing unemployment, slow job creation, […]

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