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Table 18: Procurement and Contracting


Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada

Points to Address

Department's Input

1. Role played by procurement and contracting in delivering programs

"Contracting Delegation" is not under Contracts jurisdictions, but to the delegated Responsibility Centre Managers (RCMs).

The role is defined as a service provider, gate keeper, and advisory to RCMs and Delegated Authority.

Ensure compliancy, fairness, transparency and cost efficiency.

2. Overview of how the department manages its contracting function

Although the contract initiation, solicitation and award are being actioned and processed by the Procurement and Contracting Unit, it is the RCMs reasonability to manage the life cycle of its procurements and or contracts.

The Department has initiated a strategic approach in staffing experienced Procurement and Contracting employees based on the Professional Development and Certification Program, mainly ensuring the key core competencies are met.

3. Progress and new initiatives enabling effective and efficient procurement practices

Key initiatives are being developed to assist Delegated Authority in acquiring Goods and or Services.

Specific terms:

  1. Creation of a Client Guide and standardization of tools.
  2. Streamline employees of the Procurement and Contracting Unit into providing dedicated services to specific clients within the Department.
  3. Implementation of the Way Forward Initiatives, Ensuring compliance to the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business Policy, Analyzing and Implementing best Practices, i.e. bundling requirements for cost savings and competitive processes.