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House of Commons papers 641 2003-04. Northern Ireland Assembly papers 35/03 Session 2003-2004

Corporate Author:
Great Britain Northern Ireland Audit Office
Author:
J.M. Dowdall (comptroller and auditor general)
Publisher:
TSO (The Stationery Office)
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Government departments in Northern Ireland have spent about 68 million on consultancy services over the last five years in order to procure a range of advisory and support services, in areas such as management and finance, human resources and environmental advice. This report by the Northern Ireland Audit Office examines the quality of procurement processes used by departments, the adequacy of guidance developed by the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) on obtaining value for money in the use of consultants, and whether the DFP is fulfilling its monitoring role and responsibilities successfully. Findings include that there is considerable scope for more rigorous implementation by departments of the DFP guidance (such as the Framework Agreement), particularly in terms of appraisal and tendering procedures, project control and management, post completion assessment and evaluation, and sharing good practice across the civil service. The DFP needs to update and enhance its guidance to take account of current best practice in procurement, and to develop its management information database to help it better carry out its monitoring and audit functions.

Extent 62p. ISBN 9780102925357
Size N/A Price £15.00
Format Paperback Published 10 Jun 2004
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