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Inland Revenue strengthens procurement processes

Inland Revenue is working to further improve management of procurement for its business transformation programme.

The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) has released a routine review of Inland Revenue’s procurement practices, noting some areas where the department could improve its processes.

The review was carried out last year but examined processes from 2016, which was prior to IR fully implementing a new procurement approach. It acknowledged Inland Revenue was in a good position to make the improvements.

Mary Craig, Inland Revenue Deputy Commissioner for Corporate Integrity and Assurance, said she was pleased the report noted the significant improvements Inland Revenue had already made.

“The new procurement processes put in place from the end of 2016 have already saved the taxpayer about $18 million,” she said.

“Now, addressing these recommendations will be a priority for us over the next six months,” she said.

Ms Craig said her team delivers several hundred contracts for Inland Revenue’s transformation programme.

“The report has highlighted areas, largely relating to record-keeping and quality controls, where our processes need to be tighter and better documented.”

Finalising the purchase of a modern procurement software programme will be a priority, she said.

Media contact: Baden Campbell 029 890 1674