Procurement Transformation refers to a series of projects underway that have a cross-government impact on how government acquires goods and services from the marketplace. Public commitment to these activities is found in nine of twelve of the recommendations in the Doing Business with Government report.
Procurement Transformation is being led by Shared Services BC, and is guided by a group of senior ADMs from across government. Several ministry working groups are also involved in activities such as the replacement of BC Bid and the development of a corporate plain language resource for government staff doing procurement.
The vision for procurement transformation is to maximize value to citizens through government procurement.
Desired outcomes of procurement transformation
- Reduced barriers for small business so that doing business with government is easier
- Increased vendor participation in government procurement opportunities and transparency of procurement information
- Decreased costs through automating workflows, and standardization and streamlining of processes and practice
- Increased use of corporate agreements, consolidating purchasing power to achieve savings
- Increased staff competencies through communities of practice and professional development
Accomplishments to date
- Launched the two-page request for proposals template (SRFP)
- Created an enhanced catalogue of goods and services
- Introduced a proactive three year outlook of contract opportunities for vendors
- Launched the BC Bid Resources website with over 250 pages of procurement guidance and resources
- Achieved membership of over 1,900 individuals in the B.C. government Procurement Community of Practice
Other activities underway
- The introduction of technology to support the procurement lifecycle
- Implementation of a vendor and ministry outreach program
- Introduction of a plain language procurement website for ministries and vendors
- Updates to corporate templates and processes
To join one of the ministry working groups, or for more information about procurement transformation, please contact Strategic Business and Procurement Transformation.