Revise Contractor General's Act
THE EDITOR, Sir:
AFTER REVIEWING the Contractor General's Act and related Policies and Procedures (CGAPP), along with recent recurring procurement fault-line discussions and committee appointments, it appears there exist fundamental flaws in the construct model of the CGAPP. These construct flaws are inherently embedded in the Office of the Contractor General's (OCG) mission, its stated functional purpose and the present upside down procurement pyramid system. The following two core element illustrates this pyramid:
1. The OCG operationally functions as an executive contract auditing agency of the government; which represents duplicity, because there is an Auditor General's Office.
2. The present decentralised procurement construct model and solicitation methods under the CGAPP are rudimentary and does not include enough representative solicitation methods to adequately facilitate the complex world of purchasing goods and services on a macro an micro national level.
In order to materially and structurally address these concerns and resolve the inherent tension between the contractor general and government in general (irrespective of who is in power) the Contract General's Act and related policies, procedures, mission and purpose must be revisited in a legislative and public policy forum. This is necessary due to the current system's lack of correlation between a perceived centralised procurement system and the associative activities of transparency, efficiency and production.
It's not Greg Christie or the government of the day who is to be faulted for the present antagonistic relationship, it's the CGAPP system's construct; and whoever replaces Christie will inherit this upside down procurement pyramid.
The system needs to be reconstructed in a responsible and responsive centralised procurement philosophy context, with robust solicitation methods options and practical performance measures available for the legislators, policymakers and procurement practitioners. In essence, the Contractor General's Act and purpose needs to be structurally designed into the front end of a centralised procurement system process, as opposed to what appears to be an auditing and compliance function at the back end of the procurement process. An applied definition of 'pro-cure' is to 'cure' an identified purchasing need pro-actively.