By Ruth Bayley
There are many rules, requirements and safeguards justifiably built into running a government tender.
These have the twin aims of protecting the probity of the process and ensuring the taxpayer receives value for money when the government buys goods and services.
Processes to manage value for money have spawned very comprehensive training of procurement officers in their responsibilities when running tenders.
However, in terms of ensuring value for money, the processes do not go nearly far enough.
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