E-procurement plans unchanged

The State Services Commission has discounted any suggestion of a radical change in the development schedule for the e-government unit's planned online procurement project.

The State Services Commission says the government's e-procurement plans remain unchanged.

Reports last month claimed the planned small-scale pilot of the e-procurement system had been dropped with the SSC proceeding to full implementation.

SSC's e-procurement manager, Greg Nicholls, says his comments, and those of the SSC’s Tim Waldron were misinterpreted. "There has simply been a change of terminology. We’re still going for a phased implementation, and phase one is what you could call a pilot.” It will involve a small number of departments – “probably about five” - and a limited range of goods and services for purchase, as outlined in the original plan (see E-govt unit gets e-procurement pilot).

The designation “pilot” was dropped because of confusion in the minds of the public and perhaps some vendors, between the whole-of-government exercise and the independent e-procurement project being undertaken by the Department of Work and Income.

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