Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude announced a new academy for commissioner's last week, but how successful will it be in evolving buying processes in government?
From the end of last year departmental bodies were required to assess a bidder's previous performance before awarding certain new contracts, here's a few tips on how to handle the policy.
The National Audit Office told the Cabinet Office that they'd make a good start on the government's ICT strategy by reducing spend. But the key angle of the review dealt with how the government can move on from simple cost cutting to true transformation of services being provided. Cost savings are generally the result of smart investment in better systems and skills. Trying to build something better out of cost-cutting? Well, that's a lot more difficult.
The National Audit Office has given the government’s public sector ICT reforms a thumbs up for its results to date, but where to next for the national ICT strategy?
It might still be hurting and there might still be a long way to go, but the government’s reforms of national ICT policy is beginning to pay dividends.
Mike Bracken, Government Digital Service’s (GDS) executive director has been doing a spot of blogging. He's been writing about his strategy for digital delivery. In his post he talks about the lack of user-input, explaining that when it comes to digital, the voices of security and the voices of procurement dominate policy recommendations - we reported on it here. While the posting seems to relay an ongoing struggle, it's Bracken himself who has already made some positive changes, like with the GOV.UK project - so shouldn't we be listening to the government's digital expert?
Another year, another stab at making the UK public sector accept shared services.
“We’ve done a pretty comprehensive review,” admits Chief Procurement Officer Bill Crothers. “This is a new approach to frameworks to procure ICT for central government."
After all the general celebrating of the successful launch of the G-Cloud’s second framework last week, the morning after brings us the news that the Cabinet Office has decided to put a freeze on any further new frameworks for the immediate future. It’s a somewhat unexpected slamming on of the brakes, but one that’s long overdue perhaps. On a more a positive note, this week also saw the publication the magnificent seven open standards principles, behind which we can wholeheartedly get. These seven principles need to become required reading across the entire public sector, both buy side and sell side.