As a main central Department of the British Government, the Home Office is responsible for implementing Government policy on terror, crime, policing, anti-social behaviour, borders control, identity and citizenship.
Procurement is a key corporate service, supporting Home Office aims and objectives while delivering value for money in line with Government purchasing policy. Improving commercial and procurement capability was driven by the Home Office Transformation Strategy, based on recognition that this key support function was also in need of transformation.
In December 2007 CIPS awarded Certification to the Home Office after assessing that its procurement policies and procedures were fully compliant with the Institute’s international standard of excellence. “I am absolutely delighted to have the evidence that the Home Office is up with the best. But I have learnt that in addition to procurement and commercial practices delivering best value, they can also help to solve wider departmental problems.” Sir David Normington, Permanent Secretary at the Home Office.