VILNIUS - Public procurement should be truly public. Rasa Svetikaite, advisor to President Dalia Grybauskaite, says that the amendments to the Law on Public Procurement reduce transparency and create conditions for unfair competition, reports ELTA. As a result, the amendments were returned to the Seimas for consideration.
“The major issue is related to public access to the information in public procurement. It especially regards the procurement of low value projects. The president is not proposing to reject the law, but to adopt small amendments that are really significant,” said Svetikaite on radio Ziniu Radijas on Oct. 15.
The amendments to the Law on Public Procurement were proposed by the Ministry of Economy. The amendments provide that the threshold for procurement of low value items should be increased from 100,000 litas (29,000 euros) to 200,000 litas.
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The large majority of people working in IT procurement are "significantly dissatisfied" with the way SaaS (software as a service) vendors define contract language related to security, a feeling likely to persist through 2015, according to a Gartner report.
"Contractually, very little security language appears in the body of SaaS contracts," Gartner analysts Jay Heiser and Alexa Bona wrote in the report. "Typically the security section contains little more than platitudes, stating that the provider will use 'commercially reasonable efforts to establish and maintain security safeguards.' These are often declared to be 'in line with industry standards,' which are mostly never defined."
SaaS vendors also tend to give themselves the right to change security language at will, rather than adhere to a specific version, according to Gartner.
Gartner reviewed more than 100 SaaS vendors' "master service agreements or service contracts and [service level agreements]" for the report, and found that providers "are extremely vague about the forms of service, and especially the levels of it."
"They accept little or no financial responsibility for fulfillment of these vague commitments, so even if it is determined that these obligations were not met, the buyer has no recourse," the report adds.
While a set of standards for SaaS vendor transparency are emerging, "they cannot be considered adequately mature," Gartner said.
For example, there's no consistent opinion regarding what constitutes a service-level agreement, according to the report. Generally, SLA contract terms refer to application uptime and the speediness of support call responses, which lend themselves readily to hard numbers. But other measures, such as "recovery time objectives," are "not common across the industry," Gartner said.
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