OFT takes a close look at ICT procurement

As a part of its ongoing market study on Supply of information and communications technology to the public sector, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is seeking information and evidence on the perceived restrictions of competition in the markets for the supply of ICT products to the public sector.
More specifically, the OFT is seeking confirmation or an alternative explanation of the issues identified in its Report on the findings of the call for information into the supply of ICT to the public sector of 15 October 2013. The market study is particularly concerned with the supply of commercial off the shelf software and IT outsourcing. Submissions can be made until 20 December 2013 by emailing ict.consultation@oft.gsi.gov.uk.
For academics and practitioners in general, it will be interesting to read the final report, expected to be released in March 2014.