19 January 2014 | Will Green
The Irish government has published a Public Service Reform Plan that includes generating savings of €500 million (£413 million) over the next three years through procurement.
Under the plan there will be “increased centralisation and professionalisation of procurement across the public service” along with the integration of policy and operations into the Office of Government Procurement, which was established last year.
The plan, which covers 2014 to 2016, also includes action to “build a team of managed service procurement specialists” and “up-skill public service managers in the execution of end-to-end outsourcing”.
The overhaul has four key themes around alternative models of service delivery, making existing processes more cost efficient, increasing digitalisation and the use of open data, and more “openness, transparency and accountability”.
Brendan Howlin, Republic of Ireland minister of state for public service reform, said: “The new Reform Plan will set the basis for a new public service, one that is focused on delivering better outcomes for citizens and business customers; one that is efficient and responsive; and one in which public servants are empowered to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future.”
The work builds on the first Public Service Reform Plan published in 2011.
☛ There will be an interview with Paul Quinn, chief procurement officer at the Irish government, in the February edition of Supply Management