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Government to accelerate public procurement processes

23 November 2011

Public procurement process times are set to be cut by almost half next year, a new directive states.

Cabinet officer and Horsham MP Francis Maude announced earlier this week that all central government procurements, rather than taking an average of 200 working days, need to be completed within 120.

This excludes those considered too complicated for such a timeframe.

Mr Maude outlined some guidance as to how this goal can be achieved and made more straightforward, beginning with the need for informal discussion with potential supplies prior to major procurements.

"Before procurement should come commissioning. Scanning the market to see what suppliers there are and what they can offer," he added.

In addition, the government hopes to quash the belief that engaging with suppliers is against EU rules; indeed, to reach the 120-day goal, earlier and deeper working relationships with suppliers is encouraged.

Mr Maude's proposals complement recent research from Henley Business School which suggested that a third of the country's structural deficit could disappear if the public sector undergoes a reform when it comes to purchasing goods and services.

Categories: Central Government


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