What is Whole-of-Government?
These are arrangements established to benefit most if not all FMA Act agencies when they procure goods and services. Whole-of-government arrangements may take the form of a contract, standing offer and/or template documentation.
These contracts and arrangements have been variously established by lead agencies including Defence and Finance. For example; the Volume Sourcing Arrangement with Microsoft that came from the coordinated procurement initiative.
Generally whole-of-government contracts and arrangements are for use by FMA agencies and their use may be mandated.
Whole-of-government arrangements are established for a number of reasons; to give effect to government policy decisions, to improve consistency and control and to deliver savings and efficiencies.
Whole-of-government arrangements are established from time to time through a tender process and may be led by an agency (lead agency) with policy responsibility or expertise in the particular goods or services.
The coordinated procurement contracting initiative is establishing whole-of-government contracts and arrangements where savings and efficiencies can be delivered to agencies and government.
Agencies’ use of some contracts and arrangements is mandatory.
- All agencies
- Often mandatory
- Generally initiated by government