27 March 2009 | Martha McKenzie-Minifie
Whitehall's Procurement Capability Reviews are to be overhauled, with departments evaluating themselves, SM has learnt.
Supplymanagement.com has seen an internal OGC document detailing how and why the change will take place. SM also understands departmental commercial directors are meeting next week to hear about the plans.
The OGC confirmed this week it was developing a new "way forward" based on self-evaluation for appraising departments, rather than the interview-style method with a team of experts reviewing for months at a time.
The move stemmed from a Civil Service Steering Board decision on the reviews and comes less than three years after the first PCRs were announced in January 2007. In the Treasury's Transforming Government Procurement report, John Oughton, then OGC chief executive, said the process was "the first major re-shaping of the procurement agenda since the OGC was established".
The final tranche of six remaining PCRs from the first wave were due to be published on 31 March.
See the 2 April 2009 edition of Supply Management for more on this story.