Public and Private Sector Views of Electronic Government advertising in light of the Glover report in Northern Ireland

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Abstract

The Glover Report (2008) stipulated a need for making procurement more transparent, simpler and more strategic. One of the areas considered was electronic documentation which includes the advertising element. This report followed a review of government advertising in Northern Ireland by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (2005) which suggested a move to electronic advertising. Targets set within the Glover (2008) report identify the end of 2010 as the year all procurement from advertisement, to download and submission of documents was to be electronic with no paper only documents by 2012. This research examines Government Departments’ progress in this regard. The findings are based on responses from 101 private sector organisations identified as seeking government projects through registration with “Constructionline”. Findings indicate that many aspects of the Glover Report(2008) have not been fully implemented. Some Government Departments have moved towards its recommendations without meeting them. Of concern is the suggestion from the private sector that the public sector is not fully complying with their legal responsibilities by not electronically advertising contracts above the EU financial threshold in 7% of cases. The results also call into question the ease with which it is possible to identify opportunities on the current systems. The speed of publication of awarded contracts indicates that Government Departments are not only not conforming to Glover (2008) recommendations, but in some cases breach the requirements of the Public Contract Regulations (HMSO, 2006). The user friendliness of the Government portal is also questioned.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherUniversity of Sao Paulo
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2012
Event7th International Confererence on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Duration: 17 Aug 2012 → …

Conference

Conference7th International Confererence on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)
Period17/08/12 → …

Keywords

  • Government Procurement
  • eProcurement
  • Advertising
  • Glover Report

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