Adherence to public procurement and competition rules by State agencies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for each Agency.
Procedures for procurement by State Bodies are set out in the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2016. In accordance with section 8.16 of the Code of Practice, it is the responsibility of the Board to satisfy itself that the requirements for public procurement are adhered to and to be fully conversant with current value thresholds for the application of EU and national procurement rule. In addition, the Chairperson of each State body is required, in a comprehensive report submitted to the Minister annually, to confirm that the State body is compliant with current procurement rules and guidelines.
As part of its corporate governance responsibilities, my Department monitors compliance by the State bodies with the requirements of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.