The Minister for the Cabinet Office will commission a detailed and substantial evidence-based review and assessment of government machinery in other countries and multilateral organisations, including its operation and accountability, which identifies best practice and makes recommendations for how these approaches could be adopted by the UK.
The scope of the review:
The review should include an analysis of the structure, operation and accountability of government machinery and the relative roles of official, impartial bureaucracies and administrations appointed by democratically-accountable Ministers in various countries, including, as a minimum, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, France, the United States, and Sweden. It should also consider operations within the European Union. Models in operation in other countries and multilateral organisations can be considered as appropriate.
In particular there should be specific consideration of the New Zealand model of commissioning, where there is a “contractual model between Ministers – who set clear outcomes – and Heads of Departments – who are accountable for delivering them”. The report should consider the rationale for the adoption of this model in New Zealand.
The review should compare the relative operation of the UK Government machine vis-à-vis those of other nations. It should examine the successes and failures in public service delivery, in providing policy advice, and in providing machinery for government in each of the countries and organisations under analysis. The review should also examine how parliamentary and public accountability functions in the countries under analysis, and in particular how the relative powers and functions of Ministers and civil servants affect accountability. This will help inform the wider debate on accountability within the United Kingdom, the Government’s programme of reform to strengthen the accountability of the Civil Service and the House of Lord’s Constitutional Committee.
The project should offer a reasoned analysis of international best practice and should include a range of specific options and recommendations for further reform of the British Civil Service. These reforms will inform the Government’s on-going programme of change to deliver better value for taxpayers, sharpened accountability and improved public services for users.
The report is expected to provide recommendations that explore alternative models of government to the Northcote-Trevelyan model, as well as any recommendations that build on the existing model.
The winning bidder will be expected to:
• submit a formal scoping note within one week of the contract award;
• meet with the Minister after a fortnight for a scoping meeting, and at further stages by arrangement with his office. The meetings will be an opportunity to present the Minister with early conclusions and for him to provide direction for the project and its focus;
• submit an interim report at a specified date mid-way through the project;
• submit the final review and recommendations by 31st October 2012.
Potential Providers who have expressed interest in this opportunity will be sent the Invitation to Tender on Tuesday, 14 August 2012.
Potential Providers interested in this opportunity are required to send an expression of interest by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject field of the email please include the reference “RM1103-SB Operation and Structure Review Expression of Interest”
In the body of the email please include the following details:
Company name, registered Company address, contact name and contact email address.
The deadline for submitting an expression of interest is Monday, 13 August 2012.
Final Tender documentation will be sent to all parties that have expressed an interest in this opportunity by close of play on Tuesday, 14 August 2012. 2012.