[CCWG-ACCT] CCWG-Accountability-WS2-ICANN57- FacetoFaceMeeting - open contracting policies

Christopher Wilkinson lists at christopherwilkinson.eu
Wed Nov 2 21:27:59 UTC 2016

Dear John:

>  is there common reference  (i.e. document or web site) which outlines the 
specific attributes of an open contracting policy and benefits of same?

Thankyou for your question. I guess that we shall find an answer for you, but meanwhile:

-	this policy is professionally ingrained such that personally I have no knowledge of (nor need for) a common reference

-	that which I have written for the CCWG List is sui generis.

I hope this helps for the time being…


On 02 Nov 2016, at 20:59, John Curran <jcurran at istaff.org> wrote:

> On 2 Nov 2016, at 3:38 PM, Christopher Wilkinson <lists at christopherwilkinson.eu> wrote:
>> ...
>> 1.	I do not have a relevant benchmark in the form of ICANN's existing procurement policies. It is quite normal for such entities whether in the private or public sectors to have an open, pro-competitive procurement policy. I assume that there is something in ICANN that responds to this expectation, but I do not know about it.
>> 2.	The question, today, came up in the context of the draft report on Transparency. But as far as I can see, the contracting aspects of transparency are only touched upon in the draft report under "questions for further consideration" (p. 9 of 18).  Consequently I feel that we do not have the necessary background to reach any conclusions at this time.
>> 3.	Meanwhile, an open contracting policy should be a normal corporate practice. Transparency aspects are only one of several considerations.
>> 4,	What I would have said earlier today (should Adobe audio have allowed), would have been along the following lines:
>> 	(a)	open contracting is advantageous, creating a portfolio of available suppliers, reducing prices through competition and avoiding risks of favouritism or inertia in procurement practices.
>> 	(b)	in the international context it facilitates access to expertise and specific skills. It also opens markets to lower-cost suppliers.
>> 	( c)	there is extensive international experience as to how to define and manage the limits to open contracting in terms of thresholds, rigorous specifications, time limits, confidentiality, accounting etc.
>> 5.	In the light of the discussion earlier today, may I say that this has very little to do with emulating governmental procurement policies, as such. 
>> 	ICANN and the ICANN community would benefit from open contracting, on its merits.
> Christopher - 
> You raise an an Interesting concept.   
> For those of us who are unaware of “open contracting policy”, but otherwise addicted
> to reading, is there common reference  (i.e. document or web site) which outlines the 
> specific attributes of an open contracting policy and benefits of same?
> Thanks!
> /John
> Disclaimer: my views alone - these elections are commuting to Hyderabad, as I am not…

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