CIPS and Cabinet Office to boost procurement best practice

25 May 2012

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24 May 2012 | Adam Leach

Government Procurement, part of the UK Cabinet Office, and CIPS are to work more closely together to address procurement issues in the public sector and sharing best practice after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

While not a formal contract, the MoU represents a commitment between the two parties to work in partnership on areas such as promoting procurement initiatives, advancing professional qualifications among public sector buyers and addressing the changes resulting from EU procurement reform.

“Continuous professional development and improvement in capability sits at the heart of the procurement reform strategy,” said government CPO John Collington. “There is an opportunity to ensure the UK Civil Service procurement profession, through delivery, is valued and appreciated at the very highest levels of office, now and for the future.”

CIPS CEO David Noble said: “I believe that excellent practice at national, regional and local government levels will reduce spending and offer significant value-add to departments struggling with the challenges and pressure of today’s public sector world.”

The areas that CIPS and the Cabinet Office will work on include:

* Lobbying and representation in support of the transformation of EU procurement rule

* Collaborative work to optimise training and other procurement capability improvement programmes both within the Government Procurement Service, and where appropriate across government.

* Exploring ways to increase the percentage of civil service procurement staff that are professionally qualified.

* Promoting Government Procurement initiatives, best practice tools and techniques to non-government bodies, with any resultant income invested to improve the capability of UK civil service procurement staff.

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