Volume 10, Number 2, Summer 2010

Horizontal Policies in Public Procurement: A Taxonomy ........................................ 149
S. Arrowsmith

An Evaluation of the Performance Information Procurement System .................... 187
J. v. Duren and A. Dorée

Emerging Electronic Procurement in Russia’s Regional Governments .................. 211
W. K. McHenry and D. Pryamonosov

Mandatory Contractor Codes of Ethics and Defense Procurement Integrity........... 247
R. N. Roberts

ABSTRACT. The article examines the potential impact of FAR Subpart 3:10, Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct on the system for regulating defense procurement integrity. The article argues that the adoption of the new Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct will not change the already heavy emphasis placed on full compliance with criminal and civil statutes directed at protecting procurement integrity. The article also argues that the defense procurement integrity program should devote equal attention to adoption of non-criminal standards of conduct directed at assuring the impartiality and objectivity of contractor employees. Finally, the article argues that in order to rebuild public trust in contractor employees the FAR Council should require contractor employees who perform duties similar to full-time federal employees to comply with a new uniform set of non-criminal standards of conduct rules directed at assuring the impartiality and objectivity of contractor employees.

ABSTRACT. Since procurement is seen as a crucial element in project success, many methods have been developed to manage this process and many papers written about this issue. A remarkable contribution in this field comes from Dean Kashiwagi who underpins his support for the Performance Information Procurement System (PiPS) with claims of high project performance and client satisfaction. Kashiwagi’s explanation for PiPS’s success is based on a theoretical framework that is related to staff members’ ability to deal appropriately with information by making sound decisions based on more than implicit expectations and tacit experience. This does not, however, provide a fully satisfactory explanation. Our paper provides an overview of perspectives taken from the New Institutional Economics which, we argue, are better able to explain the effects of PiPS. The linking of these ideas to innovative PiPS elements makes it possible to effectively select and apply appropriate PiPS elements within suitable projects in the Dutch construction industry. This will enhance industry performance and should thus be of interest to all stakeholders.

ABSTRACT. This paper examines the results of the first year of the new Russian state procurement law, 94-FZ, through the lens of the 88 regional government web portals created to implement it. Benchmarks are developed and applied to them, comparing results with two contemporaneous Russian studies. Almost all regions have provided core information provision functions, but other missing features and the lack of automation mean that more than half may have done little more than fulfill formal requirements. More website features do seem to correspond to more transparency, but the law and the web portals have done little so far to combat endemic, institutional corruption of the state procurement process.

ABSTRACT. Public procurement is widely used to promote objectives of an economic, environmental and social nature, such as the economic development of disadvantaged social groups. This article elaborates a policies. This study is valuable, first, to facilitate analysis of the practical phenomenon of horizontal policies and of the policy implications of different approaches and, second, to illuminate international regimes. The taxonomy is based on three key distinctions limited to securing compliance with legal requirements and those that go beyond such requirements; 2. policies applied only to the contract awarded and those that go beyond it; and 3. nine different mechanisms by which policies are implemented in the procurement process.

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