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In July 2006, I was appointed by Treasury Board President John Baird to conduct an independent review of the Government of Canada's Draft Treasury Board Policy on Managing Procurement.
The federal government spends billions of dollars annually on procurement from thousands of suppliers throughout the private sector. It purchases a wide range of products and services from pens to helicopters to research surveys.
The government recognizes there is room for improvement in managing the acquisition of goods and the contracting of services in order to achieve value for money and sound stewardship of public funds.
In managing its procurement, the government also seeks to strike an appropriate balance between oversight and flexibility. Its goal is to improve accountability, encourage management efficiency and help government achieve its policy outcomes while ensuring that the procurement process is fair, open and transparent.
The review I have undertaken seeks to evaluate and determine if the government's new draft policy will meet its stated objectives. This report outlines the context of the policy review, provides analysis and recommendations, and highlights some further considerations for streamlining the procurement processes of the Government of Canada.
Robert W. Dye, FCMA, LLD