Browsing All posts tagged under »RFP«

Should governments be compelled to re-tender contracts if the incumbent supplier is doing a good job? by Jon Hansen

December 3, 2013


The other day I posed a question in a number of LinkedIn groups based on a post by Ian Burdon (Risk Aversion, Bad faith and Scams , November 13th, 2013). The question was fairly straight forward; Should governments be compelled to re-tender contracts if the incumbent supplier is doing a good job? (refer to today’s post […]

Risk Aversion, Bad faith and Scams by Ian Burdon

November 13, 2013


I have written here previously about problems of risk aversion in a process driven public procurement culture which I think is a real problem. With that in mind, Jon expressed his concern about the decision in Envoy Relocation Services Inc. v. Canada (Attorney General), 2013 ONSC 2034 commenting that: “In fact if anything, I am […]

Will the courts ultimately become a key part of the government tendering process?

November 30, 2011


NOTE: This post is from the Contracting Intelligence Blog. It seems apparent that the new rules have made it easier for suppliers to challenge. More information must be provided to suppliers losing a procurement competition and suppliers can now halt the award of a contract through an ‘automatic suspension’ mechanism if court action has been […]

Washington Dispatch No. 8: Roundtable Discussion on Transparency and the Cost to Suppliers

June 10, 2010


As previously mentioned, the Government takes great interest in the health of SMEs and is making it a priority in wanting to “cut the red tape faced by the private and not-for-profit sectors when doing business with the government [and fixing procurement]” (2008 Speech from the Throne).  The Government is proud that it has done […]

Accountability and Outcome is a Shared Responsibility in the RFP Process

November 21, 2009


It never fails to amaze me that given the amount of research which goes into the production of each PI Window on Business Show, there are always a number of new insights that come to light during the live broadcast.  In fact this is one of the reasons why social media is so critical to the procurement profession, […]

NASPO 2009 Survey – A Review of Preference Policies Requires Less Focus on Policy and More Focus on Preferences

November 2, 2009


The use and breadth of preference policies seems to be increasing.  Twenty-seven states provide a legal preference for in-state bidders, one more than reported that preference in 2007. Thirty-one states (compared to twenty-seven in 2007) reported that they have a reciprocal preference law. These states also reported the following vendor based price preferences: women-owned businesses […]

Latest Lombardi Blueprint Release offers the ultimate tool for supply chain collaboration and optimization

May 12, 2009


Last week I had the opportunity to see a demonstration of the enhancements made to Lombardi’s already solid Blueprint solution prior to its official launch date, which is today (May 12th, 2009).  (NOTE: Here is the link to the Introduction to Blueprint Spring ’09 Webinar.) In a previous review of Lombardi’s Business Process Management offering, […]

New Zealand Public Sector eSourcing: Transparent Procurement encourages Competition & Investment

October 30, 2008


It is widely accepted that procurement transparency promotes competition, and that competition is a good thing for economic efficiency and growth. On a national level, it is also interesting to note the positive correlation between transparency and Foreign Direct Investment. Background to Tenders & Sourcing Transparency, in this context, requires that purchasing decisions be demonstrably fair […]

Leveling the intagible playing field of professional services procurement (Beyond Referrals Profile)

August 19, 2008


“I stated that the worst thing a purchasing person can do when using an RFP to buy professional services is to exclude a project budget. Immediately, a rebuttal was offered, “But if I give them the budget,” stated the attendee, “they are all just going to come in at that budget.” He was right. But […]

Is having a website a requirement in the RFQ & RFP process today?

April 6, 2008


Member Question: I have a question, for those actively participating in the RFQ & RFP process today. We had a client request we put up one page of his newly developed site, even though it was in the production phase and not close to finalization.  He requested we upload one page, disconnect the links, and […]