There is room for improvement when it comes to management in the procurement of consultancy services by government agencies. Examples include areas such as accounting, coordination, needs analyses and follow-up. Furthermore, the audit by the Swedish National Audit Office reveals that the government framework agreements are not used to their fullest extent.
Government agencies annually procure goods, services and construction works to a value of approximately SEK 90 billion. A large portion constitutes different types of consultancy services, such as IT, management and communications consultants.
The Swedish NAO has audited the government agencies’ use of consultancy services. The overall results of the audit indicate that such use is not always well founded and that the agencies often fall short in exercising control.
– There are many excellent examples of good consultancy use, but all too often there are shortcomings in areas such as transparency, accounting and follow-up, says Auditor General Helena Lindberg.
– Digitisation and rapid IT development will likely lead to increased use of different types of consultancy services by government agencies. This underlines the importance of addressing the shortcomings highlighted in the review, says Philippe Jolly, project manager for the audit.
On the basis of the audit results, the Swedish NAO gives the following recommendations:
The National Agency for Public Procurement should increasingly prioritise its work with assisting procuring agencies and units.
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