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Government yet to commit to open contract standard

Kable - The UK is yet to join other governments in backing the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) launched this week, but claims work is ongoing to improve access to information on outsourced public service contracts as part of wider transparency commitments.

Despite not having signed up to the OCDS, which provides national governments with tools to ensure more open outsourcing, the Cabinet Office maintained that "good progress" was being made in engaging with civil society bodies and other organisations to ensure its transparency aims were ambitious.

"Through our membership of the Open Government Platform (OGP) we have committed to share knowledge with other countries and seek opportunities for further collaboration in this work," said a spokesperson.