26 May 2005 | Liam O'Brien
The Home Office is looking to make savings on its £2.6 million car hire spending by holding an e-auction this summer.
The department, which has employees working across more than 100 agencies, has placed a notice of intent in the Official Journal of the European Union to hold the e-auction, allowing suppliers from across the EU to participate.
The Home Office currently has two national agreements with car hire companies for ad hoc car rental, which include single day or short-term hiring but not longer-term leasing.
Eric Davies, Home Office travel and expenses programme manager, said the e-auction will cut costs, eliminate out-of-contract purchasing and streamline the process.
"It will secure savings and also force best practice from us because we have to specify precisely what we want from the supplier," he said.
"It is good from the suppliers' point of view as well, given that it removes any uncertainties."
The e-auction will be the second that the Home Office has held.
The first, in January, succeeded in cutting £233,000 from the National Probation Service's IT contract (see News, 20 January).