The Finance Ministry has proposed to take away from the economic development authority in public procurement

The Finance Ministry wants to take away from the Ministry of economic development all powers associated with setting the rules of public procurement. Two departments have not yet completed the dispute about the control of the electronic public procurement system with a turnover of 6.4 trillion rubles. per year

The Finance Ministry intends to deprive the Ministry of economic development the right to determine state policy in the sphere of public procurement. The draft government decision published by the Ministry of Finance on the portal disclosure of draft normative acts on Tuesday, February 28. The document is available for public comment, which should be completed by March 14.

The establishment of the public procurement rules is one of the most important and expensive powers of the Ministry of economic development. According to the portal of public procurement for 2015 and 2016, state-owned enterprises and agencies annually spend on purchases for their needs at 6.4 trillion.

The need for removal of this authority from the Ministry of economic development, the Ministry of Finance in the explanatory note to the draft does not substantiate. It only says that the order to develop a draft act “to clarify the powers of the ministries and departments in government procurement” the Ministry received from the government of Russia. In addition, the decision to develop such a project was made at a meeting with the supervising procurement of the first Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, 9 February 2017, follows from the explanatory notes. The press service of the Ministry of Finance to a request to RBC at the time of publication has not responded.

Dispute about the distribution of powers between the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of economic development continues for several months, to be prepared by the Ministry of information “About the situation in the contract system from the beginning of 2017,” (there RBC). Commission to study the question on expediency of transfer to the Ministry of Finance of powers on public policy in the field of public procurement was given to the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of economic development, FAS and Federal Treasury at the end of October 2016, the document says. The idea is to pass this authority belongs to the Ministry of Finance Minister for open government Mikhail Abyzov, said in the statement. In a letter to Shuvalov in October 2016 Abyzov has indeed offered “to transfer to the Ministry of Finance full authority for the development of government policy… in public procurement” (the letter is at RBC, its authenticity confirmed by the Federal official).

The main argument Abyzova was that now two different agencies — the Ministry of economic development and the Ministry of Finance is responsible for regulating public procurement and the public sector, although in the process of procurement involves organizations simultaneously and get a budget, and act as customer procurement. “Thus, it seems promising to organize a comprehensive legal regulation of the budget process and procurement process one of the Federal body of Executive power”, — the message says Abyzov. Among the advantages of this solution — “the prerequisites for increasing the efficiency of control in procurement”, reducing the initial (maximum) contract price, the increased competition and the emergence of the ability to force a review of the budget money saved by agencies in the procurement (for the first eight months of 2016 these savings amounted to about 40 billion rubles), wrote the Minister.

The Ministry of Finance and the Federal Antimonopoly service then supported the position Abyzova, it follows from the letters of the Directors of both agencies addressed the acting Minister of economy Yevgeny Elinu (copies have RBC; Elin performed the duties of Minister of economy until the appointment in late November, Maxim Oreshkin). Sam Elin in a letter to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on 24 November 2016 (there RBC) opposed the deletion of the powers of the Ministry of economic development. According to officials, the Ministry is successfully working in this direction: the volume of procurement from small businesses has increased in 2,5 times (up to 500 billion roubles annually only through direct contracts), the average number of orders grew to three, and the “contract system has become one of the main instruments of import substitution”. Transfer of powers of regulation of public procurement the Ministry of Finance violate the existing system, I’m sure Elin. According to the forecast official, on the formation of a new system, “including networking with customers and other participants of the contract system”, the Ministry of Finance will take at least one to two years.

The representative of the Ministry of economic development to questions of RBC is essentially not answered.

Earlier, in the fall of 2016, the Ministry of Finance and economic development Ministry argued on the control of automated public procurement system (UIS). Now the control of this system, which publishes the notice of procurement for all state and municipal institutions and enterprises, are divided among the Ministry of economic development and subordinated to the Ministry of Finance the Treasury. In early February, 2017, “Kommersant” reported that the government rejected the idea of a focus control system in the same hands. However, on 28 February, the Finance Ministry also published a draft government resolution, which suggests that the Treasury depart full control over the EIS.

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