(accessible to federal government employees only)
The Acquisitions Branch provides departments and agencies with expert assistance at each stage of the supply cycle and offers tools that simplify and accelerate the acquisition of goods and services. It ensures that the government exercises due diligence and maintains the integrity of the procurement process. The Acquisitions Branch provides customers with comprehensive services for acquiring complex and commercial goods and services. Purchases range from office supplies to military ships to security systems and everything in between. Acquisitions Branch assists with identifying requirements and will carry out all steps in the procurement quickly and easily. These include: identifying the goods or services to be purchased; selecting the most effective procurement approach; developing appropriate evaluation criteria; calling for, receiving and evaluating bids; negotiating contracts; debriefing unsuccessful bidders; and administering contracts.
Acquisitions Branch also develops, implements and maintains policies, tool kits and standards; provides operational advice; and develops innovative electronic approaches. It also provides a broad range of training, seeks out innovative services and alternate forms of service delivery, and manages quality assurance, performance review and performance indicators. Branch national programs include the Canadian General Standards Board; traffic management; Crown Assets distribution; seized property management; accounting and cost price analysis; and advice on major and complex procurements or projects. A specific mandate of this Branch is to establish and expand partnership relationships with many other industry associations involved with government procurement.