02 June 2008 | Jake Kanter
Public sector procurement teams in Scotland are to be reviewed by internal staff and suppliers to help improve spending.
The reviews form part of the Scottish government's new indicators to monitor and improve public buying. Suppliers and public sector staff will be asked to complete questionnaires marking government procurement functions on criteria such as customer satisfaction.
The feedback is designed to ensure procurement best practice is maintained and goods and services requested are fit for purpose. It also aims to encourage buyers to purchase lawfully and responsibly, while cutting costs and contributing to economic growth in Scotland.
Seven other indicators are also listed in the guidance, including measurements on how e-procurement is used and the level of qualifications purchasing staff hold.
The indicators were drawn up by a group of representatives from central government, local government and health and enterprise boards.
John Swinney, cabinet secretary for finance in Scotland, said spending behaviour cannot be improved without reliable data: "Using these indicators, procurement teams from the entire public sector will be able to monitor their own progress in improving efficiency, collaboration, compliance with contracts and e-procurement."