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Government procurement body 'now up and running'

18 January 2011

The Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) is now fully operational but the first few months of its existence were hit by delays.

According to the Guardian, the government's centralised body for overseeing its public savings programme was not officially granted full powers until December 20th, although the initial business plan set a deadline of November.

Despite this delay, a spokesperson for the Cabinet Office said all projects worth more than £50 million must now be signed off by the ERG.

Led by former chief executive of the FA Ian Watmore, the body has been charged with improving efficiency across government by establishing joint procurement schemes and vetting the largest contracts.

Departments across Whitehall have made a commitment to deliver savings of £6.2 billion this financial year.

After he was appointed to head the ERG in June last year, Mr Watmore said the organisation "has a key role to play in securing value for money".

He added: "By looking at innovative new ways of working we can make government more efficient and effective."

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