Entire government contracting process to be made public for first time

The process of awarding government contracts from bidding to building will be made visible to the public, the government has announced at its Anti-Corruption Summit.

The UK has become the first G7 country to commit to the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS), which applies to contracts administered by a central purchasing authority, in this case the Crown Commercial Service.

The OCDS enforces the disclosure of all data and documents at all stages of the contracting process. The approach will be piloted by the High Speed Rail 2 project, followed by the Crown Commercial Service in October this year.

The measures are part of the UK Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18 which sets out 13 commitments on transparency, anti-corruption and open government, and explains how the government is making information clearer.

Other plans include an additional conviction check so that individuals and companies convicted of corruption-related offences cannot win public contracts. The government said it would work with international partners to share information and flag up bidders with relevant convictions.

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