Last week I launched a review of procurement policy for public works projects which will deliver significant changes to the Capital Works Management Framework (CWMF) over the coming years. The review process will involve extensive engagement both with industry stakeholders and with the public bodies charged with the delivery of public works projects on a broad range of issues and will extend over the next 12 - 18 months.
The CWMF represents the tools that a public body must use to procure and manage the external resources necessary to deliver public works projects that are delivered under the Exchequer-funded element of the National Development Plan.
The initiative is being led by the Office of Government Procurement, in conjunction with the Government Contracts Committee for Construction, and is a key recommendation arising out of the performance review of the public works contracts. The scope is broader on this occasion and will look at the manner in which both construction consultancy services and building contractors are procured and the contract conditions under which they are engaged. Different delivery methods will be considered as part of the review.