Open government partnership not so open for procurement

Open government partnership not so open for procurement
Chris Hipkins said he wanted something "much more ambitious" in the next open government action plan. (Image: NZME)
Jem Traylen
A proposed “action plan” for open government is being called “weak” by community groups – despite the minister wanting something ambitious.Concerns include a lack of engagement by officials in developing the plan, which is said to be full of pre-existing or already planned programmes of work and contains very little that is new or would bring real benefits.Transparency of public sector procurement is one major area of concern – central government spends about a third of its budget on buying goods and services...

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