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Government at a Glance 2013

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Government at a Glance 2013 provides readers with a dashboard of key indicators assembled with the goal of contributing to the analysis and international comparison of public sector performance. Indicators on government revenues, expenditures, and employment are provided alongside key output and outcome data in the sectors of education and health. Government at a Glance also includes indicators on key governance and public management issues, such as transparency in governance, regulatory governance, new ways in delivering public services and HRM and compensation practices in the public service. While measuring government performance has long been recognized as playing an important role in increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the public administration, following the economic crisis and fiscal tightening in many member countries, good indicators are needed more than ever to help governments make informed decisions regarding tough choices and help restore confidence in government institutions.

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Innovative tools in public procurement

Driven by the imperative to increase productivity in times of austerity, many OECD member countries are investing in innovative tools to streamline procurement procedures and achieve greater value for money from procurement spending. In particular, these tools include the increased use of e‑procurement platforms, framework agreements, pre‑qualification systems, electronic reverse auctions and contracts with options.

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