n Journal of Public Administration - Are the financial procurement policies for outsourcing government functions adequate?

Volume 46, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The challenge of meeting strategic outcomes with limited resources has forced governments to outsource certain functions and activities to third parties. With the introduction of the New Public Management to public administration world-wide, much emphasis was placed on privatisation. This drive towards privatisation has led to an increase in the outsourcing of activities and is sometimes integrated with the public private partnerships projects of government departments.

Outsourcing of government functions has also led to various irregularities in the South African public sector and the prescribed procurement policies have not been implemented appropriately. Negative audit outcomes on expenditure relating to outsourced activities raise various questions as to what the volume, extent and nature of outsourcing activities in government departments are. The effectiveness of the control measures of these expenditures is also under a magnifying glass.
This article focuses only on the expenditure control of outsourcing through the supply chain management process and not on the effectiveness of outsourcing through performance evaluations of services being provided by third parties. In the following section a literature review is conducted to establish the extent of outsourcing in government departments and to identify the procurement policies that are in place.

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