Adopt the open contracting data standard

This standard is being piloted in five countries, and is Commitment 5 of the U.K. Open Government National Action Plan 2016-2018, announced on 12 May 2016. It enables disclosure government's procurement contracts in open formats allowing analysis and reuse. The Open Contracting Partnership states that "Governments spend a staggering $9,500,000,000,000 each year, over 15% of global GDP, on contracts with private companies to provide goods, works and services to citizens...Yet governments rarely know what they are buying, when, from whom, and whether they go a good price".

This standard has been drawn up by the Web Foundation and is supported by the Omidyar Network and the World Bank, who see it as enabling public contract data to be easily accessed and compared across countries, regions and industries. It aims to fight corruption, improve service delivery and enhance market efficiency. New Zealand could leverage off the work being carried out now in five countries and by the World Bank.





Why the contribution is important

Offering details of its expenditure on public contracts will reinforce government's commitments set out in the 2011 Declaration on Open and Transparent Government, and provide a way of helping  the agencies which have already started along this route. Examples are the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's science grants. An early winner could be an enhanced contract mapping website.

by keithabooth on August 15, 2016 at 10:45PM

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