31 October 2008 | Rebecca Ellinor
The OGC today sets out plans to maximise the value for the public sector's £175 billion spend on third-party goods and services.
Working together to deliver better value details the OGC's goals for the next three years and its achievements over the past 12 months. The collaborative procurement programme delivered savings of £650 million in the past year, it said.
The chief aim for the future is to increase joint purchasing work among public sector bodies. The OGC wants to develop more engagement with the wider public sector, including local authorities, to encourage collaboration and promote the use of "existing best practice and purchasing contracts and deals".
Chief executive Nigel Smith said the organisation's ambitions will only be realised with "real and enthusiastic engagement with central government departments and the wider public sector".
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Angela Eagle, observed that with major construction projects on the horizon, getting public sector procurement right has never been more important. She added that public sector spending power must also be used to "deliver better value in improved procurement approaches across the social and environmental arena".
Among successes from the past year that the statement highlights are:
• The establishment of a Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Procurement and coordinating a cross-government delivery plan for these goals;
• Delivering the first round of Procurement Capability Reviews assessing the performance of central government departments;
• The relocation of more than 15,700 civil service posts outside London and the south east;
• Improving the delivery confidence of government programmes and projects as a result of enhancing the Gateway Review process;
• Launching the online Procurement Policy and Standards Framework.