Exclusive! Previously unseen government procurement review

You may or may not be aware that in 2008/9 the UK government carried out reviews of all the government departments in terms of their procurement capability.

18 were published - but we heard rumours of one that was suppressed for reasons of state secrecy.

Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, we have now obtained the "last PCR" as it was called, and here it is - the review of the Department Of Seasonal Affairs.

The Permanent Santa - head of DfSA

Containing some fascinating truths about MBSCPs (myth-based supply chain practices), a worrying lack of succession planning, and some unique technology, it is a must-read for every procurement professional, elf and reindeer.

To give you a flavour of the shocking findings - here are two extracts just from the "stakeholder" section of the report;

“He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, he’s going to find out if you’re naughty or nice” does not appear to be a particularly solid basis for customer service decisions.

In terms of other government stakeholders, the NAO historically expressed some concerns about ‘opaque financial reporting’ and ‘a culture of heavy brandy and mince pie consumption’ in the Department.

We're delighted to say you can download the whole report here.

Dept. for Seasonal Affairs Procurement Review

Voices (4)

  1. Dr Gordy:

    Excellent, Happy Christmas, a successful 2012, and keep up the good work.

  2. life:

    Truly brilliant! Needed that… Many thanks for everything and have a very restful and happy holidays!

  3. The Guitar Man:

    Very amusing Mr S!

    A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and all of you readers!

  4. Rob:

    Sublime Peter, truly sublime!

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