The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has launched two tools aimed at driving success in the procurement and delivery of complex public sector IT programmes and projects.
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The first offering, a procurement Pre-Qualification Tool (PQT) aimed principally at the procurement of information technology (IT), looks to strengthen the likelihood of achieving positive outcomes, providing better value for money for the taxpayer.
Developed in conjunction with the Department for Work and Pensions, the NHS and the IT industry, the toolkit is part of a raft of OGC measures focused on safeguarding the successful delivery of government projects and programmes.
The OGC said it provides a clear mechanism to enable contracting organisations to assess a major IT procurement before the tendering process, measuring the preparedness of the customer, the market, and the procurement itself.
The PQT is being launched in conjunction with best practice guidance on establishing a Joint Statement of Intent (JSI) with prospective suppliers. The development of the JSI - the second tool - has been led by the Ministry of Defence in consultation with the IT industry.
This is an additional tool that can be used by commissioning organisations, which clearly presents agreed objectives and requirements of the programme or project.
This measure, said the OGC, provides a clear and mutual understanding of what is expected from both the supplier and contractor. It is part of a range of initiatives aimed at making government a better client, whilst increasing capability to deliver results.
Both products were commissioned and endorsed by the CIO Council and the Government/Industry Strategic Supply Board under the Transformational Government strategy.
Launching the new tools, Nigel Smith, OGC chief executive said, "Safeguarding the successful outcomes of complex programmes and projects is vital in order to ensure value for money for the taxpayer and the continued delivery of world-class public services.
"Every effort must be taken by those working in public sector procurement to ensure they get it right from the outset, and mitigate any risks in achieving desired outcomes."
The PQT and JSI tools can be accessed via the OGC website.