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The Department for Education and Skills is to run a pilot for the new Whitehall Procurement Capability Reviews.

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC), which will own the reviews, announced the pilot last week. It will run during March with results being evaluated in April.

The Procurement Capability Reviews were initially outlined in the Transforming Government Procurement (PDF) report, published by the Treasury in January.

The Procurement Capability Reviews will contribute to raising procurement capacity in government departments, by assessing how it is delivering value for money.

They will involve the deployment of a small team of high quality experts in procurement and programme and project management. OGC will source the reviewers from private and public sectors.

The reviews will lead to the publication of an action plan and a series of follow-up measures to provide improvements.

John Healey MP, financial secretary to the Treasury, said: "This programme of Procurement Capability Reviews draws on the very valuable learning that has been obtained through the Treasury's Financial Management Reviews and the Cabinet Office's Departmental Capability Reviews, and will allow us to ensure that we have the information on which we can build a world class procurement capability across government."

DfES commercial director Ian Taylor said: "We believe that the insights to be gained will help us to ensure that procurement plays its proper role across the department, and to achieve better value for money for our customers across the education and skills system."

This article was originally published at Kablenet.

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