Minister, industry leaders pick apart federal procurement process at Ottawa event
Representatives of both the public and private sector came together at Ottawa’s Westin Hotel on Thursday to break down the frustrating features of federal government procurement and to make suggestions for a more modern process.
Judy Foote is Canada’s minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada.
The event – hosted by the Information Technology Association of Canada – was opened by Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy Foote, who acknowledged the need to change how the government purchases services from Canadian businesses.
She cited examples of 8,000-page responses to requests for proposals from small and medium enterprises as unreasonable and frankly wasteful.
“It needs to be simpler, less burdensome,” she told the audience, echoing the details of her mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.