Posts tagged: "Contract management"
Posted on September 5, 2016 by Joshua Reddaway
How to apply open book accounting principles without the cost of open-book accounting
Government uses contracts to deliver many public services and has a duty to get value for money. Two recent NAO investigations illustrate, in two very different situations, how contracts can founder when the procuring organisation lacks understanding about the relationship between the contractors’ cost of providing the service and the price of the contract. That’s why central government is now required to apply open-book contract management. But expertise, time and effort is required to apply it in full. For low-risk, more straight-forward contracts, we set out a low-cost, minimal open-book approach. more… Contracting: A minimal open book approach
Posted on July 21, 2016 by Joshua Reddaway
Innovation, flexibility, value for money, specialist expertise, local knowledge: small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can bring great benefits to the delivery of public sector contracts. Economic growth can be created, competition increased and local investment and social outcomes encouraged. But government needs to think differently if it is to overcome the barriers to contracting between government and SMEs – especially voluntary, community or social enterprises (VCSEs). more… SMEs to VCSEs: barriers to benefits
Posted on July 14, 2016 by Tom Glithero
It’s tempting to think someone else is dealing with environmental concerns: charities, perhaps, or the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. But we all have a role to play, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the Department for Transport (DfT), the subject of the NAO’s latest interactive Sustainability Overview. Public and private organisations, alike, can apply the good practice criteria we used to review DfT to understand their sustainability strengths and weaknesses. more… Driving sustainability: how to check your speed
Tagged: Accountability, Business operations, Climate change, Contract management, Environmental Audit Committee, Environmental sustainability, Good practice principles, Performance management, Process management
Posted on May 19, 2016 by Andrew Denney
£225 billion of taxpayers’ money is spent annually with private and voluntary providers. Health, justice, employment and many other public services are delivered by them. This delivery can be complex and high risk, and very high profile if providers fail. Government Commercial and Contracting: an overview of the NAO’s work highlights some of the key challenges faced by government and brings together findings from our work across these challenges. We invite you to join the discussion and help us do more to share thinking and practices across government. more… Joining the dots: the picture from government contracting
Posted on March 3, 2016 by Richard Baynham
The taxpayer is losing billions of pounds every year to fraud and error. Increasingly complex ways of delivering public services add to the challenges. Technology brings both risks and opportunities for better data sharing and analysis, and new ways of engaging with the public. The problems are widespread, as our newly-published Fraud Landscape review demonstrates. There are, though, many lessons to be learnt from the experiences of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in addressing fraud and error. more… Confronting fraud and error head-on
Posted on December 14, 2015 by Amyas Morse
In my discussions with the organisations we audit, and in their formal feedback to us, they tell us how much they value the knowledge and insight the NAO can share from our work across government. They want to see the good practice, hear the lessons, and discover opportunities to learn from others and reduce duplication. As Head of the NAO, I’m delighted to respond to this request by launching this ‘NAO blog’ and the associated new ‘Topics’ pages on our website. They are among a number of ways we are investing in doing more to share with and help public bodies.