Smart Procurement

Report on Procurement Reform and Acquisition Reorganisation in the United Kingdom

by Jonathan Cave, David S. C. Chu, Mark A. Lorell

Commissioned by the UK Ministry of Defence, RAND Europe provided comments on a McKinsey Report on procurement reform. The aim was to critically review the Smart Procurement draft and associated documents in order to strengthen the final products and their subsequent implementation. Four major themes emerged from the review and were presented to the Ministry in four briefings. The first theme relates to Objectives of change, which should be linked to sources of dissatisfaction with the procurement system. Secondly, it was found that the most serious failing of the current procurement system appears to be schedule slippage. The third theme relates to the recommendations for reform by the McKinsey report, which are sensible, yet the cost savings are optimistic. Finally, the fourth theme outlines the necessity of real competition for the future effectiveness of the acquisition system.

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