We have a programme of work underway to develop and enhance the range of digital tools we offer agencies to support procurement.
Increasing the use of digital tools will make it easier for government agencies and suppliers to do business and procure and tender for goods and services end to end in more seamless ways. This includes things like automating forms and templates and add-ons or enhancements to the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS).
For example, we are currently looking at how to make the Government Model Contract templates automated. This could mean the templates would be streamlined to support an ‘interview’ style completion where the document builds based on the answers to a series of questions also allowing the reuse and auto completion of information. This would provide more consistency around things like postal addresses, and information associated with New Zealand business numbers. It would also mean more accuracy and less need for legal oversight. We will keep you updated on this work.
We are also working with Inland Revenue (IRD) on a project that will make their Conflict of Interest digital online form available to agencies. The IRD developed the conflict of interest tool to remove the need for paper forms. We are working with them to harness the success of this digital form for others in the public sector.
For GETS, we are looking at how we can make the procurement processes more end-to-end and where there could be add-ons to the service such as options for digital evaluation and contract management. We are currently scoping this project to identify the best solution in terms of panel provider option or a digital add on in to GETS or a combination.
The development and enhancement of digital tools is one of our strategic priorities and we will keep you updated about this programme of work. If you have questions or are interested in participating in user groups or workshops please email us.