It is an unfortunate fact that some public officials and civil servants around the world use their position to profit from public procurement. Conflict of interest is frequently cited in press reports around corruption. The challenge is quantifying the extent of this problem both in the UK and abroad. Red flags of corruption traditionally focuses on companies or high profile, politically exposed individuals, but there is less focus on the breadth of public officials tasked with overseeing public services..
We propose to build a tool that will allow authorities and civil society to easily identify public officials that benefit directly from public procurement by awarding contracts to companies that they have whole or partial ownership of.