Improving the Efficiency of Central Government's Office Property

Improving the Efficiency of Central Government's Office Property

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The background to this NAO report is a renewed focus on the contribution that office property can make to improving government efficiency. The Government's civil property estate has an estimated worth of Ap30 billion and costs around Ap6 billion to run presenting significant opportunities for savings. This NAO report seeks to add impetus to the Office of Government's Commerce (OGC) initiative to save up to Ap1.5 billion through an annual efficiency saving by 2013. This report presents a consolidated view of the performance of central government departments' UK office property. The assessment is based on 16 Government departments', with a detailed review of departments' office strategies and planning processes. Divided into five parts, it covers the following areas: the importance of office property; an analysis of central government's spending; departmental property asset management; the role of the OGC in improving government's value for money; the potential efficiency savings from improving the performance of office property. Among the recommendations, are: Departments should have better data on the efficiency of individual buildings; Departments should actively engage wit the OGC's benchmarking service for the efficiency performance of buildings; Department's can achieve cost savings by locating in less expensive regions.This information is used to provide departments with key performance indicator data and relevant benchmarks for ... equivalent employees.57 The benchmarking service has since been mandated and all government organisations are expected to be using the service by summer 2008. ... governance arrangements and securing buy-in to the initiative, for example OGC establishing a Property Championsa#39;anbsp;...

Title:Improving the Efficiency of Central Government's Office Property
Author:Great Britain. National Audit Office
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2007


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