CIPS CEO responds to PASC inquiry report on public procurement

CIPS 19 July 2013

After appearing at the inquiry along with Andrew Coulcher, Director of Business Solutions, David Noble feels there is still something missing from the inquiry's conclusions.

“This is a good start to the debate and we welcome the publication of the evidence. However, we feel there are some crucial elements in the debate that are still not being addressed.

“Improvements do still need to be made and this has been rightly highlighted, but these changes are unlikely to be successful until some additional work is undertaken to benchmark performance and standards against the best of the best. This invariably means involving the private sector to get a picture of what the actual improvements currently are and to revolutionise the public sector’s focus on people, process and performance capability.

“This week’s Institute of Government’s report also supports this approach in upskilling and adding an element of commerciality in the mix so we can get the best of what the public and private sectors have to offer.”

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