Progress In The Open Government National Action Plan

We’ve been working closely with The Cabinet Office to develop and refine a robust and repeatable methodology for the identification and matching of tenders, as part of the Open Government National Action Plan.

The Cabinet Office has also been working with central government departments to monitor performance on the completeness of publication of award notices as well as the timeliness of publishing award notices against policy requirements.

On review of the data and taking into account the exemptions for publication on Contracts Finder, the UK has exceeded the first target of 80% and the second target of 90% of in-scope tenders published by contracting authorities on Contracts Finder.

Interestingly, our research shows that around 40% of notices deemed out of scope for publication on Contracts Finder appear to match notices that have been published on the site, demonstrating a good level of voluntary publication and further increasing the scope of opportunities available to suppliers in one place.

There are a relatively small number of contracting authorities who are not meeting their requirements to publish and the Cabinet Office are actively engaging them to close the gap in publication.

The process for developing a workable methodology for identifying gaps in contract awards publication is in progress; with the intention to begin reporting on award data by the central government in Q4 2021/Q1 2022.

We are very proud of this work. We partnered with the Cabinet Office team to help them solve this challenge, first by providing analysis that turned into insights to help understand the scope of the challenge. We then built custom dashboards for the team and our best-in-class data was the critical factor in ensuring the Cabinet Office hit its reporting targets.

For more information on this or any other of our partner work, or to discuss how we may be able to help your business with its procurement data challenges, get in touch.

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