Current reviews

Reviews of procurement practices

Bid solicitation practice review

Office of the Procurement Ombudsman (OPO) launched a procurement practice review to examine bid solicitation processes in two federal organizations. The objective of this review is to determine whether organizational practices for requesting information from, and providing information to, suppliers during the solicitation period are consistent with applicable sections of the Treasury Board Contracting Policy, Financial Administration Act and regulations made under it, and support the principles of fairness, openness and transparency.

The report is expected to be published in summer 2018.

Procurement management control framework practice review

OPO launched a procurement practice review examining the procurement management control framework of a federal organization. A management control framework is a set of controls, procedures and systems designed to support management in its achievement of organizational objectives. An effective framework plays a key role in providing assurance that activities are sufficiently and appropriately risk-managed and controlled.

The objective of this review is to determine whether the organization has a procurement management control framework in place, and whether this framework is functioning:

  • as intended and in a manner consistent with applicable sections of the Financial Administration Act, the regulations made under it, and the Treasury Board Contracting Policy
  • in a manner that supports the principles of fairness, openness and transparency

The report is expected to be published in fall 2018.

Follow-up to the 2014-2015 procurement practice reviews

OPO launched a follow-up review to determine what actions have been implemented to address the recommendations made by the Procurement Ombudsman to seven federal organizations in three previous procurement practice reviews for which the reports were published in 2015-2016:

  • Procurement Practice Review of the Management Framework
  • Procurement Practice Review of Information Technology Services
  • Procurement Practice Review of Government-Wide Practices regarding Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements

It is a standard practice at OPO to conduct follow-up reviews on the recommendations made in previous reports. The information provided by the organizations will inform the Procurement Practice Review Follow-up Report, which will outline departmental plans and actions taken in response to the three reports.

The report is expected to be published in summer 2018.

Reviews of complaints

Review #1

Launch date: May 2017

A supplier filed a complaint regarding the award of a contract for services. The review will assess the following:

  • The Department’s solicitation was not clear regarding how the total evaluated price would be calculated
  • The Department did not seek clarification from the Complainant regarding its financial proposal

This report is expected to be finalized in early fall 2017.

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