Browsing All posts tagged under »Government of Canada«

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, […]

Move of IT buying to SSC lays the foundation for getting the job done right! by Andy Akrouche

April 10, 2013

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“By moving away from each department independently managing these activities, there are opportunities to drive economies of scale, achieve savings for taxpayers and improve services,” the budget reads. “Moving forward, the government will explore further whole-of-government approaches to reduce costs in the area of procurement of end-user devices and associated support services.” The above is […]

Fiscal realities and Government contracting (Part 4): Supplier cause and effect

September 9, 2011

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It is a funny thing that as a writer when you put the virtual pen to paper you never really know what will or will not strike a note with your readers.  All you can truly hope is that your passion for the subject matter coupled with sound research practices will  prove worthy of consideration […]

Chairman Emeritus at The International Institute for Outsource Management Weighs In on UK Roundtable

October 26, 2010

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As reported in a post last week, I participated in what turned out to be a very interesting and informative Roundtable discussion on Sir Philip Green’s review of the UK Government’s purchasing policies and practices.  (NOTE: for those who may have missed the live broadcast, here is the link to the on-demand audio portion of […]

Latest Government of Canada Procurement Scandal Belies the Very Principles Associated with Effective Purchasing Practices

February 3, 2010

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In the opening comments from a recent segment of the PI Window on Business Show in which I had interviewed government contracting expert and author Mark Amtower, I had made reference to the famous Louis Pasteur quote that “Chance favors the prepared mind.” I would of course have to admit that I found myself reflecting […]

The Paucity of suppliers bidding on City of Ottawa contracts is a symptom of a much larger problem

December 4, 2009

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It would be difficult for me to actually provide a number relative to how many times I have referenced the problems associated with what I refer to as an eroding supply based. Over the past few years, and more recently within the pages of this blog or on the virtual airwaves of the PI Window […]

Commonwealth Establishes Page Specifically Relating to the PI Social Media Network’s Coverage of Virginia’s eVA Program

July 22, 2009

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As many of you already know, I have been covering public sector procurement policy and practice at all levels of government quite extensively for some time. From the Government of Canada’s Way Forward programs to the UK’s Gershon Review to the impact of cluster development and even the private sector influence of a Wal-Mart, I […]

Listener Feedback RE CFIB Interview: Personal Preferences Guide Senior Bureaucrats Contract Bundling Inclinations

May 18, 2009

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One of the most interesting comments I received regarding my interview with CFIB VP Corinne Pohlmann was sent in by a senior public official whose only caveat for sharing their feedback with the Procurement Insights readership was a promise of confidentiality. While I always prefer a full disclosure relative to sources, working on what at […]

CBC Radio One Interview: Consultants, Middlemen and the Government

April 29, 2009

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“Being an independent consultant can be very lucrative work. Your brains are hired for big projects and you can charge big bucks. But some consultants who work for the federal government say its not them making the big bucks . . . it’s the middlemen who hire them to do the government jobs. Now, more […]

The JLARC Review: Looking Beyond the Statistical Surface (Part 3)

April 24, 2009

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The one common element, besides the irony that both the Government of Canada’s and Virginia’s programs were launched in 2001, is the paucity of either statistical or empirical proof to support the current mandates. For example Virginia’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee’s (JLARC) reference to a survey, in which 95 out of a possible […]