30 Mar '13, 8pm

U.K. Privatized Procurement Moves Forward

LONDON — The British Defence Ministry’s push to privatize the management of its procurement and support arm will be aided by U.S.-based contractor Jacobs Engineering, officials have confirmed. Government ministers recently approved a deal for Jacobs to take on the role of “delivery partner” to the MoD’s Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) as it develops a business model for the handover of procurement activities to industry in a government-owned, contractor-operated (GOCO) arrangement. The contract with Jacobs comes ahead of an expected government announcement to Parliament that it intends to proceed with the assessment phase of the controversial plan to hand over running the annual 13 billion pound ($19.6 billion) equipment and support operation to private industry. MoD ministers are expected to outline their plans for the next phase of the GOCO work to Parliament in the t...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130330/DEFREG01/3033...

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