Why public sector organisations are failing to meet tendering criteria

public procurement organisations failing to meet criteria

In April 2019, the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) reported a city council that had failed to meet tendering criteria as the organisation did not “carry out the appropriate procurement exercises on some contracts and failed to properly document others”.


Breaching procurement law

The council had been found to have failed to carry out procurement exercises for contracts that passed the relevant threshold value on several occasions.

An internal audit completed by the council’s chief auditor revealed that not all contracts allocated by the organisation had been compliant with procurement legislation.

CIPS reported that “one in five of the contracts examined, which represented more than £27m of expenditure in the past four and a half years, had not been placed on the legally required register”.

As it stands, legislation requires contracts valued at more than £50,000 for supplies and services, and £2m for works, must be published.


Better support for procurement professionals is required

In response to these findings, CIPS CEO Malcolm Harrison said:

“Incidents such as this highlight the need for professionally qualified procurement teams in place to improve governance and safeguard our organisations against risk.”

This is something Mr Harrison encouraged at Procurex National 2019. After presenting at the event’s Keynote Arena, he caught up briefly with Delta eSourcing’s content team.

Mr Harrison noted that one of the main challenges facing almost every procurement organisation is capability, and that moving forward the industry must support employees with the right training and tools that will enable them to complete each procurement process in the best possible way.


Stay compliant with Delta eSourcing

The case discussed above highlights how easy it can be for procurement teams to fall through the net when it comes to the rules around procurement.

If your organisation is looking for an eSourcing solution that will support your procurement team with their procurement strategy, our Delta modules have been created to track aggregated spend via change control.

Our contract management tool also enables you to export procurement details and publish them on your buyer portal to remain compliant.

The service that Delta provides also comes with a helpdesk team who can support your team to get started with their new eProcurement solution.


Learn more by booking a free live demo with our expert procurement team.

You may also like

esourcing companies

5 Things to Know About eSourcing in 2023

You probably know 2022 was an exciting year for technology. AI advancements and a host of new …

View Post
This Is How Manufacturers Are Dealing with Inflation

This Is How Manufacturers Are Dealing with Inflation

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year you might have noticed …

View Post
image of the house of commons - public procurement

Social Value in Public Procurement: How Does It Work?

Did you know that public procurement takes up a significant portion of government spending? In …

View Post

Request a FREE Delta demo

If you’re a public sector buyer, scheduling a FREE demonstration of the Delta eSourcing suite is as easy as ABC. Simply complete our short form, telling us your preferred date and time and one of our team will be in touch with you shortly to arrange your demo.