By examining the reports, a sense of whether departments / entities are planning adequately to procure goods and services can be ascertained. The reports also provide a sense of what goods and services are being procured.
Using this information, citizen based monitoring efforts can be focused on ensuring departments maintain continuity of services when key contracts are coming to an end and a new round of contracting is occurring. By examining the reports in conjunction with Annual Performance Plans, it can be determined if a department / entity is intended to achieve planned objectives by obtaining the correct goods and services on time. Where no procurement plan was furnished, the department / entity's Annual Financial Statement can be examined for a sense of whether governance practices are a concern.