@KevinKeith thanks for posting.
Open Contracting Milestones:
#1. Achieve 95% of ‘above threshold’ tenders on Contracts Finder - AT RISK
This must be an incredibly difficult milestone to measure because of the unknown unknowns but this is as much about compliance with the UK Procurement Regulations (PCR, UCR, CCR and DSPSR) and Procurement Policy Notes etc, as it is about transparency and open government.
So the publication gap can be attributed to Contracting Authorities acting unlawfully, and as there is a similar problem with the publication on Find a Tender Service, in breach of the GPA.
A quick look at Contracts Finder gives the following statistics:
2015 - 1st May 2023 123,219 contract (tender) notices
2015 - 1st May 2023 268,911 contract award notices
Even allowing for framework agreement call-offs and direct awards, the number of tenders seems very very low to me, particularly as contract award notices are not always published for frameworks. It begs the question, although the target is 95%, what was the current rate when the NAP5 was published?
#5. Issue twice-yearly report on progress in meeting NAP5 Open Contracting milestones - AT RISK
The Open Government Partnership’s Independent Review Mechanism has selected Commitment 1 on open contracting to review in greater detail due to its measurable indicators and potential to significantly improve the transparency of government procurement. This makes the issue of twice-yearly reports, which were due to start in April 2022, even more important.
The Resolution of the Criteria & Standards Subcommittee regarding the Participation Status of the United Kingdom in OGP December 20, 2022 makes clear that the UK is approaching a reputational precipice:
‘to prevent being recommended for inactivity to the full Steering Committee, the C&S Subcommittee asks the UK government to provide evidence of meeting the minimum requirements during implementation of the 2021-23 Action Plan by 30 June 2023. Failure to do so would result in the C&S subcommittee automatically recommending the full Steering Committee to place the UK under inactive status.’