Labels and Tags

Accountability (66) Adequate documentation (4) ADR in procurement (3) Allocation of risks (5) Best interest of government (11) Best practices (19) Best value (14) Bidder prejudice (9) Blanket purchase agreement (1) Bridge contract (2) Bundling (6) Cancellation and rejection (2) Centralized procurement structure (12) Changes during bid process (13) Clarifications vs Discussions (1) Competence (9) Competition vs Efficiency (28) Competitive position (2) Compliance (32) Conflict of interest (28) Contract administration (24) Contract disputes (1) Contract extension or modification (8) Contract terms (2) Contract types (6) Contract vs solicitation dispute (1) Contractor responsibility (18) Conviction (3) Cooperative purchasing (3) Cost and pricing (13) Debarment (4) Determinations (8) Determining responsibility (32) Disclosure requirements (7) Discussions during solicitation (9) Disposal of surplus property (3) Effective enforcement requirement (34) Effective procurement management (3) Effective specifications (35) Emergency procurement (14) eProcurement (5) Equitable tolling (2) Evaluation of submissions (20) Fair and equitable treatment (13) Fair and reasonable value (23) Fiscal effect of procurement (13) Good governance (8) Governmental functions (26) Guam (14) Guam procurement law (12) Improper influence (11) Incumbency (12) Integrity of system (29) Interested party (7) Jurisdiction (1) Justification (1) Life-cycle cost (1) Limits of government contracting (4) Lore vs Law (4) market research (6) Materiality (3) Methods of source selection (28) Mistakes (3) Models of Procurement (1) Needs assessment (10) No harm no foul? (8) Other procurement links (14) Outsourcing (31) Past performance (10) Planning policy (33) Politics of procurement (46) PPPs (6) Prequalification (1) Principle of competition (88) Principles of procurement (21) Private vs public contract (15) Procurement authority (5) Procurement controversies series (75) Procurement ethics (17) Procurement fraud (27) Procurement lifecycle (9) Procurement philosophy (15) Procurement procedures (29) Procurement reform (57) Procurement theory (11) Procurement workforce (2) Procurment philosophy (6) Professionalism (17) Protest - formality (1) Protest - timing (10) Protests - general (35) Purposes and policies of procurement (9) Recusal (1) Remedies (16) Requirement for new procurement (4) Resolution of protests (3) Responsiveness (11) Restrictive specifications (3) Review procedures (12) Scope of contract (16) Settlement (2) Social preference provisions (59) Sole source (46) Sovereign immunity (2) Staffing (7) Standard commercial products (1) Standards of review (2) Standing (5) Stays and injunctions (6) Structure of procurement (1) Substantiation (9) Surety (1) Suspension (6) The procurement record (1) The role of price (8) The subject matter of procurement (22) Trade agreements vs procurement (1) Training (32) Transparency (59) Uniformity (5) Unsolicited proposals (2)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Working a good man hard

As previously presaged, Professor Steven L. Schooner came to Guam to spread the faith in effective procurement to True Believers and skeptics alike.

And he was spread thin, putting on two seminars over two days, a presentation to the students and faculty at the University of Guam, giving a talk to the Guam Chamber of Commerce, and enlivening morning talk radio with Ray Gibson, not to mention charming the socks off policy makers from all branches of Guam government and private business in private conversations.



I can't thank him enough, nor recount the typhoon-wind itinerary, but the following links give a glimpse of the media storm he created:

Lecture on procurement in business and government

Thankfully, a professional is on-island, enlightening and educating those in both the public and private sector about procurement, its processes and opportunities.

Steven L. Schooner, the Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law and Co-Director of the Government Procurement Law Program at George Washington University, gave a free lecture at the University of Guam yesterday. He is also the featured speaker at the Guam Chamber of Commerce's Procurement Seminar.

Schooner stressed that the way most governments function today is heavily dependent on the private sector.

“(The) government can't do anything without the private sector. So in effect, we have outsourced the business of government,” he said.

“Politicians believe that if we purchase more effectively, we'll be able to get more. It's incredibly na├»ve to think we'll get more goods, services, roads and bridges for less money. There are potential savings if the governments did this more effectively,” he added.

Another thing Schooner spoke about was the opportunity of getting into procurement, since governments don't have enough people qualified to do the job.

As it is, the first thing that most governments lack, Schooner pointed out, was their lack of knowledge or preparation regarding the business of procurement.
I don't know how long these links will last, but here are others:

Seminar deals with public sector procurement (KUAM TV report and video)

And these links here and here will take you to a streaming "audio" page and a "download" link to an mp3 recording of the interview with Ray Gibson on radio K-57.

No comments: