Government concurs with Heseltine's CPO scheme

19 March 2013

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19 March 2013 | Adam Leach

The UK government has agreed with Lord Heseltine’s proposal that its departments should have their own CPOs to lead the way on procurement reform and strategy.

In his report No stone unturned in pursuit of growth published in October 2012, the former deputy prime minister recommended that, to get the most out of public sector procurement, government departments should appoint a CPO.

In its response to the report published yesterday, the government endorsed the proposal and added it would look to implement stronger reporting lines between the overall government chief procurement officer and departmental commercial directors to drive collaboration.

“The government agrees with Lord Heseltine that, where appropriate, departments and significant agencies should recruit chief procurement officers to lead on procurement,” the response said.

“Furthermore, as part of the government’s procurement reform programme, from April 2013 there will be reporting lines from the government’s chief procurement officer to commercial directors that will strengthen focus on pan-government objectives and improve performance management.”

It also committed to simplify the government procurement framework to speed up the time taken to complete deals and to strengthen procurement skills across the civil service.

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