The regulatory framework for single source defence contracts was introduced by Part 2 of the Defence Reform Act 2014 (the Act) and the Single Source Contract Regulations 2014 (the Regulations). To assist the SSRO in carrying out its statutory functions, it has put in place a set of measures to help monitor the operation of the regulatory framework. The SSRO is committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure that the framework is as effective as possible, and continues to work closely with the MOD to monitor how well the regime is operating. Through constructive engagement with the MOD and industry, we are working together to ensure that the regime is operating as intended.
This report presents findings from our review of the operation of the single source regulatory framework, bringing together our work over the past two years relating to our duty to keep under review:
- the extent to which persons subject to the reporting requirements are complying with them; and
- item 2 the provisions of the regulatory framework established by the Act and the associated Regulations.
The SSRO is working with both the MOD and contractors to ensure that issues identified are raised and resolved in an effective and efficient manner.
The report also provides an update on the factors we have identified as indicators of the impact and operation of the framework.