OTTAWA, Oct. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Federal Procurement Ombudsman Frank
Brunetta has released his 2012-13 Annual Report, which summarizes his
office's activities over the past year and identifies key issues in
federal procurement. This Annual Report was tabled in Parliament by the
Minister of Public Works and Government Services, the Honourable Diane
In his Annual Report message, the Ombudsman highlights three issues
brought to his attention by suppliers: the rejection of bids for
seemingly insignificant administrative reasons; shortcomings in
supplier debriefings; and challenges with the process for obtaining
security clearances. On the first issue, the Ombudsman stated: "I am
hearing growing support for a more reasoned and balanced
government-wide approach to replace the current binary 'all or nothing'
treatment of bid evaluation." With regard to supplier debriefings, he
added: "Many suppliers who have invested time and money in preparing
their bid consider being given the opportunity to understand the
shortcomings of their bid not only a good business practice, but the
right thing to do." Finally, the Ombudsman highlighted concerns raised
by Canadian businesses with regard to obtaining security clearances and
the resulting impact of limiting the pool of firms supplying the
federal government to those already doing business with departments.
The Annual Report also noted the Procurement Ombudsman's focus on
raising awareness of the Office's mandate and services. This past year
the Office doubled its number of outreach activities. In addition, the
Office addressed more than 350 contacts from clients and stakeholders.
Created in 2008 pursuant to the Federal Accountability Act, the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman (OPO) is an independent
organization with a government-wide mandate to promote fairness,
openness and transparency in federal procurement.
This report can be found on OPO's Website at www.opo-boa.gc.ca.
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SOURCE: Office of the Procurement Ombudsman
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