CBI: procurement review changes ''troubling''

1 April 2009

2 April 2009 | Martha McKenzie-Minifie

Office of Government Commerce (OGC) plans to change the way Whitehall's procurement capabilities are reviewed have been labelled "troubling" by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Under the OGC scheme, departments will in the future self-assess their capabilities. (News, 27 March 2009).

John Cridland, CBI deputy director-general, issued a statement yesterday in which he said taxpayers wanted greater value squeezed out of the public purse in tough economic times.

"Whitehall departments can have very different approaches to how they buy goods and services, and this can mean the value for money they achieve can vary radically as well.

"Departments need to be challenged to improve, but assessing their own procurement capabilities may confuse matters at a time when we need more transparency."

His statement coincided with the OGC's release of the final six Procurement Capability Reviews, analysing departments' purchasing and suggesting improvements.

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