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Public Governance Committee Update - July 2012


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Calendar of  Events


  • Symposium on Women Driving Change: The Role of Women in Advancing Good Governance and Inclusive Development, 2-3 July, Alexandria, Egypt
  • 2nd Meeting of the Task Force of the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation, 8-9 October, Paris
  • Meeting of the Public Employment and Management Network, 22-23 October, Paris
  • Meeting of the Network of Senior Officials from Centres of Government, 23-24 October, London
  • 46th Session of the Public Governance Committee, 19-20 November, Paris
  • 7th Meeting of the Regulatory Policy Committee, 19-20 November, Paris
  • Global Forum on Public Governance, 21 November, Paris   
  • OECD High Level Risk Forum, 13-14 December, Paris


Report to Council



Implementing the OECD Recommendation on Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement:

OECD Council approved the monitoring report and endorsed the proposed follow-up


OECD Members expressed appreciation at the Executive Committee meeting for the thorough review by the Public Governance Committee of progress in OECD countries in implementing the Council Recommendation on Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement.  Public procurement, as a significant part of gross domestic product, offers an unexploited potential for savings in times of crisis.  However only half of the countries indicated that their procurement reforms have addressed the whole public procurement cycle in the last three years.  Also, it is increasingly used as a lever to support various policy objectives (e.g. sustainable development, innovation) without systematic cost-benefit analysis.


The OECD Council adopted the report on 28 June including five proposals for follow-up:

  • Revise and update the OECD Principles as set out in the Recommendation of the Council on Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement to reflect on the transformation of procurement as an instrument to support strategic government objectives.
  • Encourage countries to undertake a procurement review to assess policy and practice as well as to learn from state-of-the-art solutions in other countries.
  • Foster dialogue between government, business and international organisations on how to promote a level playing field for firms at the international level.
  • Develop a compendium of good practices on how to integrate environmental considerations in public procurement in a transparent and cost-effective manner.
  • Identify a set of relevant data, benchmarks and indicators to measure the performance of procurement operations as well as the impact of procurement at macro level, in particular on national competitiveness.


Recent Events


Launch of “Reaping the Benefits of ICTs in Spain: Strategic Study on Communication Infrastructure and Paperless Administration”
Madrid, 31 May 2012

The latest report in the OECD e-Government Studies series was launched in the presence of high level government representatives. It was presented to the advisory High Level Group for the new Spanish Digital Agenda, including key stakeholders from the telecommunications industry and academia.

The study highlights the significant potential in the use of e-government to support important fiscal consolidation goals and increased efficiency in the public administration. Key messages focus on the importance of fostering high levels of up-take of online public services, on the need to secure policy alignment and coordination across all levels of government, and on how to capture the added value of the use of ICTs in the public sector.

The Study is the result of a collaboration between GOV and the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI).  The press release, the executive summary and the full report are available here.

Plan Avanza Cover



Public Sector Integrity Network
Paris, 31 May- 1 June 2012

The Spring meeting of the Public Sector Integrity Network (PIN) drew a high level and diverse degree of participation, and for the first time, representatives from the Supreme Audit Institutions of ten countries (Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Finland, France, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland).

Discussions focused on i) new approaches to measure the performance of integrity frameworks; ii) mapping risks of corruption and fraud in public organisations; iii) effective protection of whistleblowers, and iv) how to support  country initiatives on public sector integrity through the future programme of work and budget.

The PIN meetings provide a forum for delegates to share evidence on policy implementation and impact, test their approaches and understandings, and anticipate emerging issues in relation to public sector integrity and transparency that will become increasingly relevant in countries’ agendas.



33rd Annual Meeting of the Senior Budget Officials
Reykjavik, 7-8 June 2012

The meeting was opened by Mme. Oddny Hardardottir, Minister of Finance, and OECD Deputy Secretary-General Mr. Yves Leterme. Mr. Gerhard Steger, the Austrian budget director, chaired the meeting; the Abu Dhabi Budget Office participated for the first time; and South Africa participated for the first time at the level of budget director.

Highlights included the presentation of the draft 2012 edition of Restoring Public Finances which is scheduled for launch in September.  There was general agreement that long-term structural reforms were critical and that expenditures associated with the necessary adjustments were justified. 

Budget directors also endorsed the proposal for OECD principles for independent fiscal institutions, which were drafted by the Network of Parliamentary Budget Officials and Fiscal Councils.  It is intended to present the principles to the PGC and then OECD Council in the fall.
Finally, there was strong support for the Secretariat’s work on the sustainability of health expenditures which is a joint initiative of the SBO and the OECD Health Committee.




Seminar: Ensuring Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying

Moscow, 8 June 2012

The Ministry of Economic Development of Russia organised together with the OECD and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) this international seminar on lobbying. 

The seminar took place within the framework of cooperation between Russia and the OECD with a particular focus on the OECD Principles on Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying.

The meeting which facilitated dialogue and exchange amongst  Russian stakeholders, was attended by over 70 participants and  featured presentations from the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, Ministries of Justice and Economic Development, State Duma, and representatives from Russian business, trade unions and academia.  


Lobbying Seminar Russia

In addition, the OECD Secretariat provided an overview of the OECD Principles and highlighted OECD country practices in putting effective frameworks for transparency in lobbying.  Senior officials from OECD countries (the Privy Council Office of Canada, the United States Department of Justice) outlined elements of legal and institutional frameworks as well as good practices and lessons learned.

As a result of the seminar, Russian officials will identify options for developing lobbying regulations in Russia, which will be provided for the consideration by the President by end 2012.


Symposium on the Government Workforce of the Future: Innovations in Strategic Workforce Planning
Paris, 11-12 June 2012

Organised within the framework of the programme of work of the Public Employment and Management (PEM) Network of the Public Governance Committee, the Symposium assisted countries in responding to constant fluxes in the workforce and the labour market and within the framework of fiscal consolidation plans. OECD countries are engaging in strategic workforce planning to: i) determine staff numbers required at a new location; ii) improve their ability to retain a highly skilled staff; iii) manage an effective downsizing programme; and iv) identify the next generation of managers.


High Level Risk Forum Workshops

Geneva, 28-29 June 2012

Interagency Crisis Management
Risk and Crisis Communication: Opportunities and challenges of social media


Recent workshops on risk management policy were organised jointly with the Swiss Chancellery and the International Risk Governance Council in the context of the OECD High Level Risk Forum.

The workshops drew a high level of participation from around 15 countries and over 20 organisations including the World Economic Forum, the UN, the European Commission, Eurocontrol, the ILO and ITU. Opening remarks were made by Mr. Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary General, and Ms. Corina Casanova, Swiss Federal Chancellor.

Risk workshop Casanova

Governments are at the forefront of efforts to manage disruptive events, and citizens' trust in government is directly impacted by how swiftly and efficiently they perform in this essential responsibility. The complexities of modern crises often require the involvement of many actors above and beyond emergency services, and this implies effective coordination for a successful outcome. This is the primary responsibility of officials from crisis management cells who took an active part in the workshop discussions.
On the second day, participants addressed the challenges of risk and crisis communication, in light of the important role played by social media. Presentations shared state of the art practices from advanced countries, and private sector, nongovernmental organisation experts.  Breakout sessions offered an opportunity to investigate concrete examples from the Eyjafjallajökul eruption crisis in Iceland, and from the Great East Japan Tohoku earthquake. How to engage with the public and mobilise through social media is a rapidly evolving field and discussions are moving towards the frontier of current knowledge and practice.


These workshops will help steer the preparation of principles for country risk management, which will cover the entire risk management policy cycle. Results of the workshops will be presented to the High Level Risk Forum at its next meeting on 13-14 December.

Risk workshop Japan

Ongoing Activities


Launching of the first data collection for the OECD’s Observatory of Public Sector Innovation

The first data collection exercise to populate the Observatory database of innovative practices was launched on Friday 29 June across the Task Force’s 17 member countries and will last until mid August 2012. Countries provide data on their implemented innovative practices and on policies that use innovative service delivery to support public services under fiscal constraints. The findings from the data collection will be discussed at the 2nd meeting of the Task Force on 8-9 October 2012 in Paris and will form the basis of the first set of reports from the Observatory to be prepared by the end of this year.


For further information on the work of the Observatory including the current data collection phase, please contact Marco Daglio ( and/or visit the Observatory’s Clearspace site.




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