Presentation on theme: "THE NORTHERN IRELAND GUIDE TO EXPENDITURE APPRAISAL AND EVALUATION (NIGEAE) Revised DFP guidance on Expenditure Appraisal, Evaluation, Approval and Management."— Presentation transcript:
THE NORTHERN IRELAND GUIDE TO EXPENDITURE APPRAISAL AND EVALUATION (NIGEAE) Revised DFP guidance on Expenditure Appraisal, Evaluation, Approval and Management Michael Brennan Strategic Policy Division Department of Finance & Personnel Signal Centre, 25 th November 2009
Background Green Book 2003 NI Practical Guide 2003 DFP appraisal website 2004 Local guidance still required Guidance needed refreshing
Key Points Printed NIPG has been withdrawn Online guidance will aid regular updating New title – ‘NIGEAE’ Basic steps of appraisal & evaluation unchanged Some specific changes to procedures
Developments NI v UK perspective PPP v Conventional Procurement Revised Approval Procedures Refocusing of PPE monitoring Revised guidance on: –Programme & project management –Use of consultants
NI versus UK Perspective NI focus reflects devolution Subtle change of focus, not a radical change NI & UK impacts often coincide Can make a difference in tourism & industrial assistance Flexibility remains to consider UK, RoI and EU impacts
Infrastructure Procurement Options Separate strategic & procurement appraisals VFM assessment: –Consider different forms of both PPP and Conventional procurement –Examine Conventional Procurement Option at key procurement stages Extra DFP approval required prior to appointment of a preferred bidder March 2009 HMT Infrastructure Finance Unit August 2009 HMT guidance on “PPP Projects in Current Market Conditions”
Approval Procedures DFP must have reasonable time for consideration Retrospective approval – Not likely! Approval at SOC stage for major projects & ‘high profile’ cases PFI projects require approval at four stages: SOC, OBC, ABC & FBC Use of Gateways
DFP Monitoring of PPEs PER & PPR required for all projects > £500k Terms PPE & PPR used interchangeably DFP will give priority to monitoring PPEs for larger projects & those with ‘read across’ Approval letters will state whether PPE must be submitted to DFP in individual cases PPEs are still required with proportionate effort in all cases – and DFP may test drill occasionally
The role of appraisal & evaluation in the current financial climate Financial pressures = greater need to scrutinise spending Appraisal principles are relevant to the search for efficiencies assessment of options for reductions What is indispensable and what can be cut or discontinued? How can we make savings with minimum impact on services? The alternative to rational appraisal is arbitrary cuts!
Next Steps Departments should: –Absorb & disseminate NIGEAE –Reassess their own guidance in light of NIGEAE –CARRY ON APPRAISING!