The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has announced that it is to set up the first pan-government e-auction Centre of Excellence to increase the impact of e-auctions in the public sector. A number of e-auction programmes exist across Whitehall and the wider public sector, and the centre will look to harness greater efficiencies from these through supporting the co-ordination of resource, establishing a consistency of approach, and providing a platform for coalitions.
During 2010/11, the aim is to arrange two e-auctions a month across suitable categories and influence between £15m-£30m expenditure each time, generating savings of around 30%. In total, the aim is to influence public sector spend of £820m and help achieve savings of over £250m by the end of 2010/11.
Since September 2005, the OGC has managed a rolling programme of IT hardware e-auctions. To date, 11 of these specific e-auctions have been completed, delivering savings of £50m (31%) and enabling 600 public sector organisations to access significant savings for desktops, laptops, printers and servers.