OGC publish guidance to promote transparency

17 September 2010

19 September 2010 | Helen Gilbert

The OGC has published guidance to help purchasers adapt to the procurement and contracting changes that form part of the government’s transparency plans.

In May the prime minister set out a number of commitments relating to public expenditure that are intended to help achieve better value for money.

Under the plans, all new central government contracts have to be published in full from January 2011 and all new central government tender documents for contracts over £10,000 have to be published on a single website from September 2010. In July, it became mandatory for departments to publish online all new central government ICT contracts.

Buyers can now access two documents: Guidance on Publishing ICT contracts and Guidance on PublishingTender Documents to help them with the changes. The OGC is also working on putting together advice for departments on the requirement to publish all new central government contracts from January 2011 but could not confirm when this would be available.

The plans, overseen by the Public Sector Transparency Board, aim to achieve greater transparency across the government so that public bodies and politicians can be held to account.

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