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Public procurement 'not operating at full efficiency'

7 December 2011

The public sector is failing to meet standards in terms of procurement efficiency at present, according to a business expert.

David Shields, managing director of the Government Procurement Service, told attendees at the recent London's Managing Public Sector Procurement: Driving Innovation conference that purchasing strategies need to be completely transformed to deliver maximum benefits.

The expert stated that his organisation is currently going through a significant change management scheme to create a leaner operation, with procurement spending one of the key items on the agenda.

He observed that in order to influence total public sector spending and deliver savings, more needs to be done to make full use of the finite amount of resources available.

"As procurement professionals if we don't influence 100 per cent of our organisations' spend, then we will not be managing public sector spend efficiently and effectively," Mr Shields said.

The government is currently implementing a series of reforms to public procurement rules, including a new 120-day deadline for Whitehall purchasing projects.

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