OGC policy on greater transparency in public procurement

Thanks to the Linked In group for pointing this out - OGC have published a PPN (procurement policy note) on "New requirements for greater transparency in central Government procurement".

This key elements are:

  • All new central government ICT contracts to be published online from July 2010.
  • All new central government tender documents for contracts over £10,000 to be published on a single website from September 2010, with this information to be made available to the public free of charge.
  • All new central government contracts to be published in full from January 2011.

OGC are leading this, reporting into a Public Sector Transparency Board, which has been established in the Cabinet Office and is chaired by Francis Maude.  Interesting points from the PPN  include;

  • "Departments should avoid including confidentiality clauses in current and all future ICT contracts". Interesting to see how suppliers feel about that.
  • The publishing of tenders over £10K includes call-offs against a framework - that will catch a whole host of  mini-competitions that I thought would be exempt.
  • It also applies to single tenders above £10K - so will the Authority have to publish who the single tender has been awarded to?  That exposure could spell the end for single tenders (not a bad thing perhaps?)
  • OGC are still 'considering options' for the single website which will advertise all contracts.  The deadline remains September though which is very tight I suspect.  Good luck guys and girls!!

And our key prediction for public procurment remains - watch for an exponential growth in outsourcing as managing procurement in this environment becomes impossible.

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