Public Procurement for Innovation

Good Practices and Strategies

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Public procurement offers an enormous potential market for innovative products and services. Used strategically, it can help governments boost innovation at both the national and local level and ultimately improve productivity and inclusiveness. Based on good practices in OECD and partner countries, this report analyses the state of play of procurement for innovation and provides a flexible framework focusing on 9 areas to promote it.



United States

The United States has a stand-alone action plan on procurement for innovation, issued by the Office of Management and Budget in 2010, and titled “25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management”. The plan contains a number of quantified targets, such as: terminating or turning around at least one-third of underperforming projects in the IT portfolio; increasing cloud usage; reducing the number of federal data centres by at least 800 by 2015. In addition, the plan envisions to solidify and consolidate funding, introduce flexible budget models, increasing the professional capacity, and launching an interactive platform for agency/industry collaboration.


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