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From outsourcing social welfare services to third sector organisations to purchasing missiles from private defence contractors, a large amount of public sector activity involves the commissioning and purchasing of goods and services. Doing so effectively requires a clear understanding of what will most appropriately address the needs or wishes of the service user, making use of market research, good planning, financial and performance management, sharing best practice and learning lessons.

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Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Procurement Investigation

We report on our investigation arising from the findings of Internal Audit for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman regarding the management of conflicts of interest in procuring services during a fundamental change programme.

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18 Dec 2014

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Police procurement

Police forces in England and Wales could make savings by working together to improve their buying power for essential goods and services

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26 Mar 2013

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Improving government procurement

The government’s procurement strategy has led to savings. But, a cultural shift is needed if government is to obtain all the benefits available.

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27 Feb 2013

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NAO briefing: Sustainable procurement in government

This briefing has been prepared in response to a request from the Environmental Audit Committee for an update on the Government’s sustainable procurement commitments and its progress against those commitments.

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21 Feb 2013

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Ministry of Defence: Equipment plan 2012-2022

The NAO has reported on the 2012-22 Equipment Plan of the Ministry of Defence.

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31 Jan 2013

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The Government Procurement Card

Used appropriately, GPC can be a cost-effective way for government to procure goods and services. However, there is no up to date value-for-money case quantifying the benefits of the cards. There has also been a lack of clear central guidance on when the cards are the most appropriate way to procure goods and services.

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20 Mar 2012

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A review of collaborative procurement across the public sector

The National Audit Office and the Audit Commission have today called for public bodies to work together much more effectively than they currently do to maximise savings from procurement activities.

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21 May 2010

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Addressing the environmental impacts of Government procurement

“Minimising environmental impact is recognised by government as a key criterion of good procurement. In 2008 progress was made by departments, but only some are on target to be practising sustainable procurement across their business by the end of this year. Procurement decisions need to be supported by a more thorough understanding of environmental benefits and costs, so that departments can show that their procurement meets the twin requirements of sustainability and value for money.”

Central government and its agencies, excluding the NHS, spent £54.7 billion in 2007-08 on the procurement of non-capital goods and services. In March 2008 the government created the post of Chief Sustainability Officer, supported by a Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Procurement at the Office of Government Commerce.

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29 Apr 2009

Good practice contract management framework

The framework is a good practice guide for managing a broad range of contracts. It is particularly relevant for contracts where services are delivered over a long period of time (five years plus) where customers need to ensure that service levels and value for money are maintained over the duration of the contract.

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19 Dec 2008

Review for Environmental Audit Committee: Sustainable procurement in central government

This review summarises the extent of progress towards sustainable procurement in central government and describes the problems faced by departmental procurement officials in making further progress.

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1 Sep 2005

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