26 April 2007 | Paul Snell
The OGC has today revealed the next two government departments to have an audit of their procurement capability.
The Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions will be the next offices scrutinised as part of the OGC's review into central government purchasing expertise.
Peter Fanning, acting chief executive of the OGC, told Supplymanagement.com both departments had volunteered for the reviews. They follow the Department for Education and Skills, which was the pilot for the scheme in March.
The procurement capability reviews have been modelled on the departmental capability reviews carried out by the Cabinet Office last year. Nine reviews will be carried out across government departments within the next 12 months. Departments will be assessed on leadership, skills and processes.
They are carried out by small teams, which according to John Healey, the financial secretary to the Treasury, contain experience relevant to the department. The OGC has previously said it would be looking for private sector help to carry out the reviews (Web news, 14 February). Healey said he expects the OGC to be strong in its follow-up to the reviews.
He said that a "political imperative" was now driving the importance of purchasing and that he and chancellor Gordon Brown regard procurement as central to good government.
* Healey added he expected the Home Office to announce the biggest ever cross-government procurement deal for temporary staff later this month.