20 April 2000 | David Arminas
Peter Gershon, chief executive of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), has said that the OGC will be continually reviewed "to align structures and use resources better", writes David Arminas.
Gershon, speaking at the official launch of the OGC on 3 April, said the new body "will become the catalyst for achieving best practice".
The former BAe Systems chief operating officer added that there will be a drive to hone the skills, such as project management, needed for more efficient procurement strategies.
The OGC has incorporated three executive agencies into its operations: The Buying Agency (TBA), the Property Advisers to the Civil Estate (Pace), and the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency .
The OGC launch sees the start of initiatives by two of the agencies. An online trading system, with TBA providing goods and services, has already been introduced. Several organisations, including English Heritage, use the service, which will become government-wide from 4 May, said Stephen Sage, TBA chief executive.
In the second project, departments will have to pay from their own budgets for using Pace's advice. Previously, the service received central funding. "The pressure is on to deliver," said John Locke, Pace's chief executive.