Procurement Ombudsman Releases Reports on Procurement Practices Reviews



    OTTAWA, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Procurement Ombudsman Shahid Minto today
released five reports on the procurement practices reviews carried out by his
office in its first year of operations. Part of the Procurement Ombudsman's
mandate is to review the practices of departments and agencies for acquiring
materiel and services to assess their fairness, openness and transparency and
make any appropriate recommendations to the relevant department concerned for
the improvement of those practices.
    In the first year, the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman has been set
up as a professional, neutral, accessible and highly responsive office. Mr.
Minto stated: "We have been able to establish a business relationship that is
based upon mutual respect and trust with all the stakeholders in the federal
procurement field. The release of the reports is an important step towards our
main objective of strengthening the confidence of Canadians in public
procurement. I am particularly proud of the positive impact our work has
already had."
    In its first year of activity, the Office reviewed the following five
areas:
    
    1. Procurement Challenge and Oversight Function
    2. Supplier Debriefings
    3. Advance Contract Award Notices (ACANs)
    4. Mandatory Standing Offers (MSOs)
    5. CORCAN - Procurement Allegations
    

    The reviews are now available under Procurement Practice Reviews on the
Office of the Procurement Ombudsman Web site or directly at:
    http://www.boa-opo.gc.ca/praapp-prorev/chptr-tdm-toc-eng.html.





For further information:

For further information: Gilles Pineau, Communications Manager, Office
of the Procurement Ombudsman, (613) 947-9755, www.opo-boa.gc.ca


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