Is the Government Getting the Yelp It so Desires?

- March 4, 2015 10:24 AM | Categories: Governance

While it may be the bane of existence for many local restaurants who see ratings torpedo because a single server forgot to refill a diner’s water glass, the government has long held a peculiar reverence for Yelp. Or at least, a “Yelp-like” ratings systems has often been cited as the answer to some of the government’s problems with both communication and performance evaluation. I’ve heard numerous acquisition folks call for such a system, and last year former Department of Transportation CIO Nitin Pradhan wrote an article calling for just such a thing. Although, to be fair, Pradhan was actually just […]

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Using Managing Agents in Public Procurement

- March 2, 2015 9:57 AM | Categories: Governance

Editor’s note: This post is excerpted from our partner site, Public Spend Matters EU. We published our two-part series very recently looking at the positives and negatives of collaborative buying in the public sector – here are the positives, and here the negatives. Amongst the negatives, we featured the possible effect on the market. A major collaborative contract or framework can be so dominant, that it becomes very important for a supplier in that market to be successful and win the contract or obtain a place on the framework. If they don’t, their business will be badly affected. Now that can […]

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Three Benefits to Cooperative Buying

- February 12, 2015 11:03 AM