When IT Meets Politics:

Procurement


January 28, 2016  11:08 AM

BDUK “state aid” to be brought into line with EU law and good practice

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, BT, BT21CN, iGov, LINX, nga, Procurement

Thee is much to be welcomed in the BDUK "focused market engagement" exercise to get views, by 24th February, from Local Authorities and Network Operators on the replacement for its previous...

July 18, 2013  12:01 PM

OFT Call for information on the supply of ICT to the public sector

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Business, Cabinet office, government, ICT, OFT, Procurement, Public sector

I regularly hear complaints that public sector procurement is dominated by a cartel of a dozen or players advised by teams of consultants...


March 27, 2013  1:16 PM

Whitehall Department to mandate support for a failed procurement service – yet again

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
economy, government, Home Office, police, Procurement, Whitehall

The Home Office response to the...


January 21, 2013  6:07 PM

Will 2013 be the year HMG takes skills, including those of the Civil Service, seriously

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cabinetoffice, Procurement

Politicians have mouthed words about the importance of skills for many decades, often throwing funding at education providers. It is over a decade since the last serious IT training programme: that for 40,000 millennium bugbusters to receive quality controlled, industry standard,...


June 1, 2011  10:39 AM

Will the proposed BDUK framework do more harm than good?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, BIS, DCMS, DECC, Duopoly, framework, Janet, NEN, OCEAN, Ofgem, Oftel, PIN, Procurement, PSN, Sky

Last week, in Brussels, Ed Vaizey talked of the need to use market forces to pull through investment in broadband. A day later Jeremy Hunt wrote to MPs on the replacement of central competitions for funding by allocations to authorities to "be made available once we have...


January 22, 2011  12:41 PM

Local Government does IT better and cheaper

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, NPfIT, PFI, Procurement, Socitm

I have spent much of the past week helping review material for submissions to the Public Administration Select Committee enquiry. I have also done one of my own to cover points not likely to be made by others. Yesterday, however, I took time out to review the latest


October 21, 2009  5:01 PM

Getting more for less: the reform of public service delivery

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
NAO, OGC, Procurement

IT suppliers find it hard to understand the animosity to them from politicians when they are blamed for "failure" despite having done all that the contract said. The reason is that the politicians remember being told that the new system will do whatever they want...


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