28 January 2009 | Paul Snell
The OGC has unveiled a self-assessment tool to help property managers reach the target of making £1.5 billion savings on the government estate by 2013.
The Property Asset Management Capability Assessment Model (PAMCAM) is an electronic questionnaire that will identify shortfalls such as wasted space. It will also highlight areas where investment is needed to achieve long-term savings and help managers make the case for improvements.
The tool has already been piloted by five public sector organisations and will be used by the National Audit Office (NAO) to assess property management in central government.
OGC chief executive Nigel Smith said the guidance would make the process easy for managers and "paint a clear picture" of where changes have to be made. If the tool was widely implemented, he added, it would provide his agency with data to measure progress toward achieving the savings target, which will be presented to Parliament on 1 June.
The OGC wants to make the savings on the government estate as part of its "high performing property" strategy. However, MPs were sceptical about the source of these savings, citing the need for robust measurement and reporting (Web news, 27 May 2008).
Tim Burr, head of the NAO, said the new tool provided practical help to improve value for money in government buildings.