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Public sector procurement: Buyers and suppliers could do better says OFT

ComputerWorldUK - The Office of Fair Trading has "found scope for improvement" in the purchase and supply of public sector IT services.

It is estimated £13.8 billion was spent on public sector IT in 2011/12.

The OFT has published a report which says that "competition could work better" in the public sector ICT market, and is recommending that public sector buyers address these concerns by improving the way they procure and manage contracts with suppliers.

The OFT however also wants suppliers to be "more transparent" with their public sector customers.

The OFT study looked at competition between companies in two key areas that account for around half of UK public sector ICT expenditure - commercial off-the-shelf software (COTS) and outsourced IT.