Capability reviews to get private input

9 May 2007
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10 May 2007

The OGC is seeking the help of the private sector to assist with its procurement capability reviews.

The agency confirmed to SM a former chief executive of a bank was used during the pilot review at the Department for Education and Skills in March. It also said it was recruiting someone with "extensive private sector experience" and contacting trade groups, such as the CBI, to assist with future reviews.

Peter Fanning, acting chief executive of the OGC, told SM last month the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Communities and Local Government had volunteered for the review and would be next to have their procurement capabilities scrutinised.

John Healey, the financial secretary to the Treasury, expects the OGC to be strong in its follow-up to the reviews. He said a "political imperative" was driving the importance of purchasing in the public sector and that he and chancellor Gordon Brown regard it as "central" to good government.

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