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NSW Treasury Keeps Hand on Procurement Tiller; Makes Room at Top for Principal Advisor

by Dorothy Kennedy •
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A renewed Government focus on capital and infrastructure and stronger discipline and accountability around the Government’s procurement activities is indicated by the establishment of a senior role for a Principal Advisor Agency Procurement within New South Wales Treasury.

Michael Toohey, previously in the role of Principal Analyst ICT within Treasury is now moving into the Principal Advisor Agency Procurement role, leaving the ICT post vacant. The role has existed in Treasury for two years.

In his new role as principal procurement advisor across all agencies, Toohey will have a direct line of reporting to Treasury‟s Director of Infrastructure Asset Management and Procurement, Stephen Brady. Brady in turn represents Treasury on the State Contracts Control Board. Toohey‟s new role is understood to be broader than just ICT with his new responsibilities including asset management and procurement for all agencies.

It is understood that demands associated with the delivery of the Government‟s strategic Gateway Reviews has driven the creation of the advisor‟s role. Until September 2007 the Gateway Reviews (which are mandatory for ICT projects valued at more than $1m) were delivered by Commerce on behalf of Treasury.

The selection process for Toohey‟s replacement as Principal Analyst ICT is underway, with the successful applicant expected to be chosen shortly. Applications for the position closed on February 8 2008, and according to the job advertisement the core of the role is to „provide expert advice on capital projects with a particular emphasis on ICT projects in terms of strategic alignment, risk management and value for money to maximise the return on the investment for NSW government'. It is attracting a total remuneration up to $116,886.

The additional resources flowing to Treasury are in the context of the Government having spelled out its intention to streamline ICT procurement many times, most expressly in the 2007-08 Budget. “Despite progress made to date, procurement policy remains complex and further opportunities to simplify policy will be reviewed and implemented in 2007-08” the Government stated in the Budget‟s infrastructure statement.

It is also rolling out its “People First” ICT plan through the Government Chief Information Office inside Commerce. The plan is meant to secure capital and recurrent ICT savings of $565 million over four years. It is understood Treasury is working closely with the GCIO to ensure the savings are realised.

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