Browsing All posts tagged under »SWaM«

How NOT to Follow a Strategic Sourcing Process by Kelly Barner

July 16, 2013


I recently wrote an article for the ThomasNet Procurement Journal about the dangers of following the strategic sourcing process too closely. As well intentioned as any process is, over time, it is not uncommon for it to stand in for the THOUGHT process. We’ve all made the mistake of forgetting to think outside the lines, […]

Complex acquisitions still presents significant obstacles in the public sector

January 26, 2011


Note: The following is an excerpt from today’s post in the Contracting Intelligence Blog.  Use the link at the conclusion of this post access the article in its entirety. The last few weeks have been extremely interesting in the world of public sector procurement, as two separate government undertakings or initiatives if you like are […]

Ask a simple question about government procurement . . .

January 14, 2011


Perhaps the natural radio host in me is the reason why I am interested in everything that goes on around me and thus like to ask a lot of questions.  What is it my mother used to say . . . there is no such thing as a dumb question?! Great advice, and I have […]

What Role Does Diversity Play In Enterprise Purchasing Decisions?

May 4, 2010


Innovative new technology coupled with the recent economic downturn and political climate has given rise to new pressures for both the public and private sectors to create greater transparency and accountability with regard to contractual compliance, public engagement, costs and profits, and operational efficiency. To best achieve these goals will require smart, timely and data-driven […]

SWaM: A Transformation in Mindset from an Adjunct Undertaking to an Economic Necessity (Report on Virginia Forum 2008)

December 3, 2008


“On August 10, 2006 Governor Timothy Kaine signed Executive Order No. 33 (2006) focusing on enhancing business opportunities for small, women-and-minority-owned (“SwaM”) businesses.  It shall be the goal of the Commonwealth that 40% of its purchases be made from small businesses.  This includes discretionary spending in prime contracts and subscontracts.  The Department of Minority Business […]