Procurement across DRDC – A Comprehensive Internal Assessment

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Authors
  1. Banko, K.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN);Canadian Forces Expeditionary Command Headquarters, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
Considerable effort has been devoted to improving the DRDC procurement system. This is important in two ways. Firstly, the DRDC business model is based on fifty percent of the budget devoted to internal delivery of research programs and fifty per cent on external delivery which is done mainly through contracts. Secondly, the Defence Science and Technology Strategy relies on procurement as an enabler for the development of industry expertise and competitiveness. Past efforts have focused mainly on addressing issues with the process. While improvements have been observed, it is evident that there are larger cultural issues that should be addressed, as procurement remains one of the largest irritants to advancing science Agency-wide. To develop a comprehensive cross-organisational solution that deals with the issues from multiple perspectives, data were collected through interviews with senior leadership, focus groups with procurement staff, and from a questionnaire administered to the personnel across the DRDC Enterprise. The major finding is that the Agency must adopt a strategic approach to procurement. Relationships have to be developed between DRDC Centres and Public Works and Government Services Canada. Contracting vehicles ought to be developed that address the unique requirements of the various DRDC Centres. Improving communication within and between organisations is a key mechanism that will require considerable effort as it is fundamental for any significant change to

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Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TM-2009-045 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Sep 2009
Number of Pages
63
DSTKIM No
CA033115
CANDIS No
532369
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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