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NAO unveils contractor management tool for government

The National Audit Office has launched an online toolkit to help government departments improve their use of consultants.

The National Audit Office has launched an online toolkit to help government departments improve their use of consultants.

Based on a report by the National Audit Office, the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said last month that over £500m in procurement efficiency gains are possible across the public sector.

With the NAO’s toolkit, assessors answer a series of questions about the use of consultants in an online form.

The interactive toolkit then responds with an analysis of areas of weakness, provides guidance on how to improve value for money, and illustrates what good practice can look like through case studies.

Keith Davis, head of efficiency practice at the NAO, said, “Consultants can provide valuable expertise to government. But too often departments rush into using consultants before thinking properly about whether resources are available in-house.

“This toolkit can help all public bodies improve their use of consultants and help realise the £500m efficiency gains that are achievable in central government alone."

The toolkit is aimed at procurement or commercial teams, customers/buyers of consultancy, or audit staff.

It can be applied to the use of consultants department-wide, or at a project-level, and is designed to diagnose areas of weakness and raise awareness of where improvements can be made.

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