The socioeconomic cabinet, headed by Finance Minister Ronnie Bar-On, on Tuesday passed the amendments to the Mandatory Tenders Law as recommended by Finance Ministry Director General Yarom Ariav, which are aimed at boosting efficiency and cutting red tape. The cabinet noted that the current central procedure model of the Mandatory Tenders Law, which created a "bottleneck" in the issuance of tenders and a heavy load of bureaucracy, impacted the government ministries' abilities to function. The cabinet added that the central Exemptions Committee dealt with 1,500 to 2,000 tender requests by different government ministries annually. The amendment, based on the recommendations made by the inter-ministerial team headed by Ariav, which was passed by the government in April, allows each ministry to exempt itself from issuing tenders for projects that are under NIS 4 million. In the past, ministries could exempt themselves from issuing tenders only if they were under NIS 700,000. Under the approved changes, the central Exemptions Committee and Accountant-General will take up the role of "watchman of the last threshold" and will deal with appeals submitted by ministerial exemptions committees. The amendments will be presented to the Knesset on July 29.