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Government Announces Procurement Review

eGov monitor

21 February 2003

Ministers have announced a wide-ranging review of public sector procurement in a bid to reduce the bureaucratic burden on companies wishing to do business with government.

The move forms part of measures to open up the government marketplace to a wider range of suppliers and is set to benefit particularly smaller IT developers and vendors.

The Office of the Government Commerce (OGC) and the Cabinet Office's Regulatory Impact Unit are to examine ways to streamline purchasing procedures and cut down both the costs and timescales involved in tendering and awarding contracts.

The project is expected to consider the use of consultants and the cost of bidding, as well as looking closely at the efficiency of departmental procedures in order to reduce administration and paperwork. It will be overseen by Cabinet Office Minister Lord MacDonald and Paul Boateng, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

"Speed in procurement is rooted in professionalism", commented Peter Gershon, Chief Executive of the OGC. "Faster procurement comes from better procurement and the OGC leads this drive for higher standards."

He added: "I believe that this is a further opportunity to engender sustained improvement by attending to the fundamentals of professional procurement."

Announcing the review, Lord MacDonald said: "Improving procurement is at the heart of the Government's drive to improve public service delivery and this project is an important element in achieving that goal". The Minister said that the Government wished to work with industry to identify potential improvements.

Interested parties are invited to send their contributions and suggestions by the closing date of 31 March 2003.

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