The National Procurement Service (NPS) came into effect on 30th March 2009. The unit has been established in the Office of Public Works on foot of a Government decision of July 2008, which assigned responsibility for procurement to the Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works.
The NPS has been tasked with centralising public sector procurement arrangements for common goods and services. It will also be a centre of excellence for the provision of procurement advice and implementing procurement policy in line with best practice and Government initiatives, including the continued development of e-procurement strategies. The unit will also collaborate closely with the National Public Procurement Policy Unit in the Department of Finance.
The Unit will not be involved in any form of project management for construction or fit-out of buildings.
The functions of the Government Supplies Agency (GSA) have been subsumed into the NPS. The supply arrangements that were established by the GSA will continue to operate as heretofore, until replacement arrangements are put in place. There will be full consultation with suppliers and clients in setting up those arrangements.
The unit will look to integrate the whole of Government initiatives such as sustainable procurement and encouraging participation by SME's in public procurement. A key objective is to leverage the public service's buying power in order to deliver procurement savings.
An NPS website is being constructed and will be available shortly.
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