The UK Government has a consultation open until December 7th on the supplier standard for digital and technology service providers, here's the summary:
The six guiding principles of this proposed new approach are:
- User needs first.
- Data is a public asset.
- Services built on open standards and reusable components.
- Simple, clear, fast transactions.
- Ongoing engagement.
- Transparent contracting.
Personally I am in favour of these guiding principles as a pathway to improve public procurement although I am cagey on the ongoing engagement as it will be an easy way fr supplier with preferential access to influence the procurement decision making outside of a formal procedure.