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The regulatory framework was introduced by the Defence Reform Act 2014 and the Single Source Contract Regulations 2014. It aims to strike a balance between value for money for the taxpayer and fair prices for contractors by subjecting qualifying contracts to price control and by requiring suppliers to provide an increased level of transparency. The Secretary of State for Defence is required to conduct periodic reviews of the framework, with the SSRO providing its recommendations for the first of these by June 2017.
Following the two calls for input we published earlier this year, the Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) has now launched a consultation on its proposed recommendations for the first review of the regulatory framework for single source defence contracts. The SSRO has focused its proposed recommendations for change on three key areas, which were central to the legislative intent. These are:
- ensuring that single source spending is appropriately covered by the regime;
- enhancing transparency; and
- providing effective enforcement of the regime.
The SSRO is also calling for views and further evidence in areas where other organisations have suggested changes and where there are issues that may justify making further recommendations. The SSRO’s consultation is intended to stimulate feedback in these areas but representations on all issues relevant to the review are welcome.
This is a public consultation, which is open to anyone with an interest in the SSRO’s two statutory aims of obtaining good value for taxpayers’ money and a fair and reasonable return for industry. We also welcome comments from people or organisations with a particular interest in defence procurement. This is an important opportunity to contribute to the formation of the SSRO’s recommendations and to influence the future of regulation in this sector.
Responses should be completed online using the secure link provided: Review of Regulations response. If you have any difficulty in accessing the online response form, please let us know at email@example.com.
Responses should be submitted no later than 5.00pm on 24 March 2017.