Office of the Procurement Ombudsman perspectives e-newsletter spring 2016 edition

OPO Perspectives

Update on the period without an Ombudsman

We are pleased to announce that Lorenzo Ieraci, the Deputy Procurement Ombudsman, has been appointed to the position of Interim Procurement Ombudsman effective May 9, 2016. Mr. Ieraci’s biography can be found on the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman’s (OPO) website.

The previous Procurement Ombudsman retired in December 2015. The position of Procurement Ombudsman is a Governor-in-Council appointment, and in February 2016 the Government announced an open, transparent, and merit-based selection process for appointments of this nature. Until a process is launched to find the next Procurement Ombudsman, the Government has appointed an Interim Ombudsman to ensure that our work can continue.

We know that the limitations imposed during the period without an Ombudsman may have been frustrating for some Canadian suppliers. We would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding during this time. In the two weeks since the appointment of the Interim Ombudsman, the Office has worked diligently to address all files which were held during the transition period, including by issuing two reports on reviews of supplier complaints. You can read the investigation summaries on OPO’s website.

Update on upcoming events

The start of the summer has brought an updated calendar of events! As part of our efforts to raise awareness of procurement issues and exchange information, OPO representatives attend events and host information sessions from coast to coast. To find out about upcoming events near you, be sure to regularly check our Calendar of Events and follow us on OPO's Twitter.

National Managers’ Exchange

As a new initiative this year, OPO is participating in five National Managers’ Exchanges, which are regional events that bring together federal program managers. These events provide the Office with an opportunity to discuss effective procurement practices with program managers from across Canada. Program managers play a vital role in the federal procurement process and by reaching out to this group, OPO is working to promote fairness, openness and transparency in federal procurement.

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