Monthly Archives: May 2015

Out in the Cold

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

  A cold freeze on the way! Outsource and be damned – A political hot potato Our research is never ending, not only to keep up with procurement developments but to share information with you fellow professionals. We promise not to mention the general election but you will recall that more than one political party […]

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The Year of the Horse or the Year of the Procurement Audit

Friday, January 31st, 2014

To the Chinese this is the Year of the Horse.  On the first of April we start the New Financial Year for Public Sector bodies. Will this be the Year of the Procurement Audit? Here is why it is likely! In November 2013, the Audit Commission in its report “Protecting the Public Purse” stated that […]

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Thursday, November 28th, 2013

ICT PROJECTS CAN DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH! This is not a tongue in cheek (no pun intended) poke at ICT projects, it is a serious outline analysis of another IT project that has failed. An authoritative report has been issued by the Victorian Auditor General in Australia, “Clinical ICT systems in the Victorian Public Health Sector”, […]


Fraudulent Lifestyle

Friday, September 6th, 2013

The Fraudulent Lifestyle Our recent commentary on “who is checking the buyer’s lifestyle” has, it seems touched some raw nerves. One of our respondents has asked “how do you check a lifestyle?” it is a very perceptive question. Of course, there are a whole variety of investigative techniques and we do not believe it is […]

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Taxi Fraud

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Crown Prosecution Service – Taxi Fraud It was widely reported in last week’s press that two Crown Prosecution Service workers were each jailed for six years, for swindling £1million from the taxpayers in fake taxi receipts. It was reported that the fraud was uncovered after an annual audit, and, that two previous audits had not uncovered the […]

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The Auditor’s Auditor.

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Who Audits the Auditors? We have been reading a “Contract Award Manual”. The content relating to procurement begs the question regarding auditor’s competencies to, on an informed basis, audit the specifics of a deal. There is a section on “Negotiation” It states: The auditors review of purchasing procedures should determine whether: a)      Buyers are required […]

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Fine Print – Our View

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Over the last week or so we have published extracts of clauses from an IT System Provider’s Terms and Conditions ( the Fine Print). We have done this to raise awareness of their implications to your business and to stimulate debate. The extracts in question are replicated below: “Where Hardware is to be supplied XXX shall supply […]

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