US Consults On Social Procurement

US Consults On Social Procurement

August 3, 2021
Procurement

The US Government’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has requested submissions on the “methods and leading practices” to assess whether agencies’ policies and actions are meeting the needs of underserved communities and cites procurement as part of their work.

Each agency will be required to lay out a plan for how they plan to overcome barriers to full and equal participation by January 2022.

By January 19, 2022, the head of each agency will develop a plan for addressing any barriers to full and equal participation in programs and procurement opportunities identified in its assessment. Such a plan could include establishing ongoing routines to assess and rectify gaps in full and equal participation in programs and procurement opportunities.

With extensive protocols for advancing the cause of  BAME or veteran-owned businesses, the consultation specifically mentions gender identity, the LGBTQ+ community, rural communities and those affected by persistent poverty and inequality.

OMB is looking for advice on how to create more competition and funds towards underserved businesses, especially in professional services either directly or through the supply chain. They’re looking to achieve these outcomes alongside improved efficiency and benchmarked results. More on the programme can be found here.

The Spend Network team have global expertise in government procurement data, research and analysis. Get in touch if you’d like to discuss our range of data products and services or research capabilities.

September 21, 2021

More Than Half Of Australia’s Procurement Is Uncompetitive

This week, the Australian Government House of Representative  standing committee  has been presiding over a an inquiry into government procurement practices. It...
September 15, 2021

Our story. Reinventing a business.

Spend Network exists because I almost lost everything. Where we came from: I'd built a consultancy with twenty staff and clients across...
August 31, 2021

UK and Central America Increase Trade Ties

The UK’s export credit agency UK Export Finance (UKEF), has signed a partnership with Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica (BCIE), Central America’s...
August 26, 2021

New Canadian Government Opportunities For Indigenous Businesses

We recently discussed new procurement changes in Australia with the Western Australian government procurement process, which includes specific policies to increase opportunities...
August 18, 2021

Will Europe Get Stricter On Procurement?

The EU countries have agreed to pass the International Procurement Instrument (IPI), one that was initially proposed by the European Commission back...
August 17, 2021

Has Protectionism Found A New Home?

One of the first acts of the Biden administration was to direct public buyers to buy from American firms. China is apparently...
August 12, 2021

The Right Data In The Right Place

We collect tens of thousands of documents every day. We visit more than 700 sources to collect this data. That's what our...
August 6, 2021

Slovenia Strides Forward With Procurement Improvements

Slovenia is slated to join Ukraine as the only public administrations that will routinely monitor contract overspend on all public contracts. What's...
August 3, 2021

South Korea Targets SME Growth Through Health Procurement

When selling to governments, SMEs often have challenges with matching the buying power and supply chain strength of larger organisations. For the...
August 3, 2021

New Carbon Reporting To Impact 1,000 Suppliers

New rules to help reduce CO2 in public contracting show that at least 720 suppliers will be required to provide a detailed...
August 3, 2021

Trade, Policy And Procurement Meet Again.

The UK's Trade and Agriculture Commission has published its final report, along with twenty-two recommendations, one of which is to direct the...
August 3, 2021

McGowan Government Enhances Aboriginal Procurement Policy

In 2018, Western Australian Labour Premier Mark McGowan introduced a landmark Aboriginal Procurement policy. The objective of the policy was to improve...
August 3, 2021

Are Trade Agencies Becoming More Like Hedge Funds?

Trade promotion, where a country promotes its companies and products to be bought by another, has a certain image. One imagines suave...
August 3, 2021

Meeting The Research Challenge

Our clients expect us to answer tough questions. Questions like, "what's the total value of public contracting worldwide?" or, "who's the leading...
August 3, 2021

Harnessing Procurement To Tackle Climate Change

As experts in procurement and open data, we are pleased to see the recent announcement that global confectionery giant Mars is harnessing...

Newsletter

Compelling research, insights and data directly into your inbox.

Recent media stories

Search

Scroll to Top