Tuesday, February 22, 2005

How FoI Law Affects Suppliers to the Public Sector

9th March 2005
The Royal Statistical Society, London
E-Government Bulletin

"The UK's new Freedom of Information Act is designed to boost trust and openness in the public sector. But what are its implications for suppliers to the sector? Will commercially confidential information be revealed to competitors? How can sensitive information be protected when entering into supplier and partnership contracts? What do private sector employees working for public sector clients need to know about the new law, to ensure they help their clients with compliance? What opportunities does FoI provide for suppliers? What other implications are there for suppliers?
Our wide-ranging seminar will cover all these areas in a lively, incisive way and will be of interest for senior managers and marketing executives of all e-government and other public sector supplier companies."

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about "the people" being assured of getting good value for their taxes? A sense of openness would ensure that the public is being well served. If it does become a contest between bidders to deliver to a contract, it is their problem if they underbid - a contract is signed and delivered in accordance with a proposal, failure to do so makes the public authority answerable to the voters - and through the authority, the contractor. The sense of confidentiality implies that something underhand is being negotiated, possibly at the expense of the public. An effective FOI should prevent that from happening. Is the FOI being effective?

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