Headlines: April 3rd, 2001

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Andrew Smith, launches the next phase of modernisation of the public procurement system at a conference in London today (Tuesday, April 3).A year on from the launch of the Office of Government Commerce, he is launching the organisation’s new trading arm, OGC buying.solutions.

This will roll up the work previously done by The Buying Agency (TBA) and the Managed Services division of the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA).

The ‘framework’ agreements of the former – pre-worked out standards and sometimes prices which give all public sector buyers confidence that a supplier meets TBA standards – will continue and come under the umbrella of the new organisation.

The new organisation will also take on the successful G-Cat and S-Cat catalogues of suppliers of a large range of IT and related specialist equipment, previously managed by CCTA.

The OGC says that this makes OGC buying.solutions a one-stop-shop for a vast range of goods and services.

There will be more information about the new trading entity at Public Sector Expo 2001, the OGC’s annual conference, held at the London Arena today and tomorrow.

Link: www.publicsectorexpo.com