Open consultation Supplier standard for digital and technology service providers

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:

  1. User needs first.
  2. Data is a public asset.
  3. Services built on open standards and reusable components.
  4. Simple, clear, fast transactions.
  5. Ongoing engagement.
  6. 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.