The Operational Taskforce is staffed by experienced practitioners and is primarily aimed at public sector PFI contract managers. It provides a source of support, guidance and advice that is free at the point of use.
Alongside the 2006 Budget, HM Treasury published the policy document PFI: Strengthening Long Term Partnerships. One of the measures announced was the creation of an Operational Taskforce, acting on behalf of the Treasury within Partnerships UK.
The Operational Taskforce became operational on 3 April 2006.
The Taskforce advises on contract management strategy, benchmarking, market testing, contract variations and a host of other PFI related issues.
As well as providing support to individual project managers, it assists public sector bodies by disseminating knowledge and expertise on a range of operational, financial and legal issues.
The Taskforce maintains close liaison with Departmental PFUs to exchange information and to ensure that lessons and best practice are captured and disseminated. It works to encourages PFUs to develop their own capability for supporting operational projects.
The Operational Taskforce has already published guidance on operational issues including benchmarking, market testing, and managing the transition from procurement to operations. In the future there is expected to be further guidance on variations and other issues.
The Taskforce pro-actively engages with projects and provides a reactive service to projects in operation.
The Taskforce is able to support any PFI project.