The government has turned once again to KPMG to provide outside expertise on a major defence procurement.

Last week, Public Works and Government Services Canada announced that the Toronto-based consulting firm would provide support and advice as the government attempts to apply the principles of “smart procurement” to the various projects in the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).

KPMG was hired in 2012 to assess the government’s numbers on the next-generation fighter replacement program.

The shipbuilding advisory contract involves a three-year agreement, with an option to extend the contract for up to ten years, worth an initial $500,000 and includes supporting the contract negotiations for each of the Arctic offshore patrol ships, the joint support ships and the surface combatants; assessing cost proposals for the implementation of each project; and providing advice on procurement and project management activities.

The NSPS is valued at $33 billion over its lifetime.