Here’s our Friday roundup of news picked up in the (imaginary) public procurement cafe/bar/cave/biergarten (according to your location) — recent public sector stories, snippets and information from around Europe. Well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens is being spent by governments and public sector bodies, so it’s good to pick up on stories on how it’s being spent.
Do click through and read the full articles that interest you – some of them we will come back to in greater detail in due course.
Home Office has failed to address previously identified weaknesses in recouping criminal debt
This week the UK Government was accused of failing to crack down on ‘profits of crime’ in “spectacular fashion” — as reported in Civil Service World. It explains that “Home Office officials are regularly missing opportunities to use confiscation orders to recoup profits made by criminals, sending out the signal that ‘crime pays’ … The number of confiscation orders imposed has fallen from “an unsatisfactory” 6,392 in 2012-13 to 5,839 in 2015-16. Although the amounts being confiscated from criminals has risen from £133 million to £175 million a year during this time, the debt has soared to £1.9 billion …”
Onvia government spending report — results we can all identify with
The results of a first annual survey of US government procurement practitioners from Onvia, the business intelligence firm, are now out. The survey polls more than 500 professionals from county and state governments, as well as school districts. For each insight gained from the survey, the report separates what each lesson means for both buyers and suppliers, and is interesting reading for anyone in the public sector within or outside the US. One finding is that 42% of respondents said that on average, their requests for proposal (RFPs) don’t receive enough bidders, with one reason highlighted as cumbersome or difficult regulations that scare off potential bidders. On the supplier side, the problem is often market intelligence, bidders have to first find out about the bid, and have enough lead time to prepare for it. There’s more here …
Turkey add two amenments to Public Procurement Law
The Public Procurement Authority of Turkey has widened the scope of its public procurement regime to now allow Technology Development Zones to participate in tenders, reports Lexology. Two amendments have been published in Official Gazette number 29696 which apply to tenders held by public authorities and institutions governed by the Public Procurement Law. Legislative changes also increase the occupational health and safety measures which must be implemented in service procurement tenders.
Romanian public procurement to go completely online
Business Review reports that all public procurement activities fin Romania will be carried out online after 2018. So said Bogdan Puscas, president of the Romanian Employers Association (ANAT) at a conference. The new public procurement system, SICAP, will replace SEAP, and will be tested by the Agency for the Digital Agenda between July 27-31.
947 UK Government domains closed down for breaches of rules
A post in Government Technology highlights how Evans Bissessar, the chairman of the UK Government Digital Service’s naming and approvals committee, carried out an examination of 4000 gov.uk domains and found more than 1,000 breaches of government rules. The 1,000 breaches identified included “inaccessible domains, pages that redirected to a non-government domain and owners that weren’t eligible to own a gov.uk domain.” This has led to the closure of 947 domains, of which 393 were central government, 80 devolved and 471 local. Where was procurement in the identification and purchase of these domains we wonder?