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Netherlands

Open Contracting (NL0034)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Netherlands Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK)

Support Institution(s): • BZK/DG Bestuur, Ruimte en Wonen/Directie Democratie en Burgerschap/Leer en Expertisepunt Open Overheid (Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations/Directorate-General for Governance, Space and Living/Democracy and Citizenship Department/Learning and Expertise Centre on Open Government) Expertise: open data • EZK/DG Energie, Telecom en Mededinging/Directie Mededinging en Consument (Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy/Directorate-General for Energy, Telecommunications and Competition /Competition and Consumers Department) Coordination of the project plan and intermediary for contact with TenderNed • Open contracting partnership (hereinafter: OCP) Sharing experience with OCDS/exchanging best practices • HIVOS Experience with OCDS/assessing feasibility and data • Open State Foundation (OSF) Introduction into network/providing information about compliance with OCDS • TenderNed/PIANOo Possibly providing information about the use and accessibility of data from TenderNed • OCDS helpdesk Providing support on giving access to data/expert insight

Policy Areas

Open Contracting and Procurement, Open Data

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Action point: Open Contracting (OCDS pilot)
Start and end dates of the action point: 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2020
Main action owner (organisation) Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK)
Description of the action point
Which social issue does the action point seek to address? The international Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) came into existence in 2014. Initially, the first signatories of the standard mainly used it to fight corruption by bringing information about public procurement into the open in a uniform and transparent way as Open Data. Another important reason is that OCDS provides an insight into how the performance of government contracts is monitored.

The Dutch Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) sent a letter on 24 June 2015 informing the House of Representatives about how the central government's procurement information is made public and what the government's policy is in this regard. This policy focuses on promoting active openness and reusing open data, including the central government's procurement data.
What is the action point? The action point entails a pilot in which two public procurement procedures, initiated by the central government, are selected and the extent to which the OCDS is, and can be, complied with for these procedures is checked. One of the procurement procedures has already been completed and the other one is still to be started. For the procurement procedure that has already been completed, the extent to which the OCDS has been complied with has been verified. As regards the new procurement procedure, a study is being made of what is needed in order for it to be carried out in accordance with the OCDS. Weighing the costs and benefits of full compliance with the OCDS is part of the pilot.

The pilot serves three goals:
a. To establish how and where the Netherlands complies with the OCDS
b. To indicate any improvements that can still be made by the central government as regards the OCDS.
c. To indicate where the Netherlands is a “Best Practice”.

The pilot offers the opportunity to share knowledge and expertise at an international level.
How will the action point contribute to remedying the social issue? The pilot offers the opportunity to contribute to the primary objective of the Programma Doorontwikkeling Rijksinkoopstelsel (Programme for further development of the national procurement system): “To create added value for society”. The Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations indicated that openness of the procurement information of the central government will contribute to better public governance and democratic processes (June 2015). The national procurement system ties in with this government policy by responding to the wish of citizens for more transparency as regards government spending and the desire of companies for procurement information about the government market for their business operations.

This pilot is also a good way to draw attention to the added value for society of the national procurement system which will be an extra incentive to bring about changes together.
Why is this action point relevant to OGP values? The pilot supports the OGP values of transparency and public accountability.

The pilot will lead to transparency. Information about government contracts released in the OCDS will lead to information which is described properly and in sufficient detail, is well suited to being reused as open data, and is easy to compare.

The detailed description of the data and the availability of this data as open data enables the data to be used for visualisations and other forms of insight, enabling public accountability.
Additional information The lead time of the pilot is approximately two years and the project group members are expected to be required to spend a couple of weeks on it. This can be paid “out of pocket”.
Milestone with a verifiable result (please note: SMART) Start date: End date:
Project plan for pilot + decision-making 01 July 2018 01 September 2018
Start of project team and implementation of pilot 01 September 2018 30 June 2020
Interim report on pilot + decision-making 01 March 2019 01 July 2019
Final report with recommendations 01 February 2020 30 April 2020
Decision-making about recommendations 30 April 2020 30 June 2020
Contact information
Name of the responsible person representing the main action owner Peter Specker
Position, organisation unit Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties/DGOO / IHFR/Inkoop en Aanbesteden/manager Inkoopinformatie Rijk (Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations/Directorate-General for Public Administration/ Procurement, Housing and Facilities Policy/Procurement/Government Procurement Information Manager)Email and phone number Peter.Specker@minbzk.nl
Other actors involved Authorities involved • BZK/DG Bestuur, Ruimte en Wonen/Directie Democratie en Burgerschap/Leer en Expertisepunt Open Overheid (Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations/Directorate-General for Governance, Space and Living/Democracy and Citizenship Department/Learning and Expertise Centre on Open Government)
Expertise: open data

• EZK/DG Energie, Telecom en Mededinging/Directie Mededinging en Consument (Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy/Directorate-General for Energy, Telecommunications and Competition /Competition and Consumers Department)
Coordination of the project plan and intermediary for
contact with TenderNed

Other organisations or bodies (such as community organisations or the private sector) • Open contracting partnership (hereinafter: OCP)
Sharing experience with OCDS/exchanging best practices

• HIVOS
Experience with OCDS/assessing feasibility and data

• Open State Foundation (OSF)
Introduction into network/providing information about compliance with OCDS

• TenderNed/PIANOo
Possibly providing information about the use and accessibility of data from TenderNed

• OCDS helpdesk
Providing support on giving access to data/expert insight


Netherlands's Commitments

  1. Local Digital Democracy

    NL0028, 2018, E-Government

  2. Dilemma Logic

    NL0029, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. Join EITI

    NL0030, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  4. Open Algorithms

    NL0031, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Open Local Decision-Making

    NL0032, 2018, Capacity Building

  6. ‘Open by Design’ Pilots

    NL0033, 2018, E-Government

  7. Open Contracting

    NL0034, 2018, Open Contracting and Procurement

  8. Open Parliament

    NL0035, 2018, Audits and Controls

  9. Open Government Standard and Dashboard

    NL0036, 2018, E-Government

  10. Pioneering Network for an Open Government for Municipalities

    NL0037, 2018, Capacity Building

  11. Transparent Political Party Finance

    NL0038, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  12. National Open Data Agenda

    NL0019, 2016, Capacity Building

  13. Stuiveling Open Data Award

    NL0020, 2016, Open Data

  14. Groningen Open Data Re-Use

    NL0021, 2016, Infrastructure & Transport

  15. Releasing Ministerial Research Reports

    NL0022, 2016, Health

  16. Detailed Open Spending Data

    NL0023, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  17. Open Local Authority Decision-Making

    NL0024, 2016, Open Data

  18. Training Civil Servants on Public Participation

    NL0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Easier Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0026, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. Open Government Expertise Centre (LEOO)

    NL0027, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Further Develop and Promote Disclosure and Use of Open Data

    NL0001, 2013, E-Government

  22. Increase Financial Transparency Through Open Budget and Experiments with Open Spending and Budget Monitoring

    NL0002, 2013, E-Government

  23. Open House of Representatives

    NL0003, 2013, E-Government

  24. Instruments for Integrity

    NL0004, 2013, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  25. Revamp the Legislative Calendar

    NL0005, 2013, E-Government

  26. More Online Consultation

    NL0006, 2013, E-Government

  27. More Transparency in Decision-Making Through Volgdewet.Nl Legislation-Tracking Website

    NL0007, 2013, E-Government

  28. Informal Approach to Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0008, 2013, Right to Information

  29. From Rules to Freedom

    NL0009, 2013, Public Participation

  30. Change Attitudes and Procedures Through Smarter Working and ‘Public Servant 2.0’

    NL0010, 2013, Capacity Building

  31. Water Coalition

    NL0011, 2013, Public Participation

  32. Develop and Implement Participation Policy at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

    NL0012, 2013, Public Participation

  33. Make Government Information Accessible and Easy to Find

    NL0013, 2013, Capacity Building

  34. Make Citizens Better Informed and More Empowered: Public Inspection and Correction of Information

    NL0014, 2013, E-Government

  35. Open Announcements and Notifications

    NL0015, 2013, E-Government

  36. Public Services and the User Perspective

    NL0016, 2013, E-Government

  37. Designate Categories of Government Information for Active Access

    NL0017, 2013, Capacity Building

  38. Rethink Information Management and Active Access: Four ‘Open by Design’ Pilot Projects

    NL0018, 2013, E-Government