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Emanuel’s contracting plan advances – Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push to give his administration more flexibility in how it awards contracts moved a step closer to passage Tuesday, even as observers worried the plan would undermine rules meant to ensure government work is assigned fairly. The City Council Budget Committee advanced the mayor’s proposal to expand the types of contracts the city can award to companies for reasons other than simply having the lowest bid. Read more… .
King County two-year procurement reform effort finds results, report says – King County is seeing the results of a two-year procurement reform effort that emphasizes contracting opportunities for small businesses. Read more… .
NASCIO and NASPO Themes: Crowdsourcing to Win – One theme that emerged through sessions at both the NASCIO 2012 Midyear Conference and the NASPO 2012 Meeting was crowdsourcing, both in terms of data and procurement. Read more… .
Bills to require more info on state leases expected to resurface – Legislation aimed at disclosing more information about the owners of state-leased buildings and the third-party contractors who manage them is expected to resurface by the legislature’s fall veto session. Read more… .
Groups release latest batch of public procurement practices –NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply have jointly announced the release of four additional global Public Procurement Practices. The four provide direction in Lease-Purchase Decisions, Specifications, Spend Analysis, and Sustainable Procurement Practices. Read more… .
Growing use of public-private partnerships (PPPs) – “As the fiscal challenges continue at all levels of government, the months remaining in 2012 will continue to see an expansion in the use of public- private partnerships (PPPs),” says Richard Norment, executive director of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP). Read more…
Spotlight on state procurement – The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) has released the 2011-2012 edition of the “NASPO Survey of State Procurement Practices.” This edition of the NASPO Survey gives an overview of procurement laws, regulations and practices among the states, and it offers insight on the various initiatives states have implemented. Read more…
Budgets & the Economy
Hiring rebounds for state, local governments – States, cities, counties and school districts hired 828,000 workers in the first four months of the year, up 20% from a year earlier, and the most since 2008, according to a USA TODAY analysis of the government’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. Read more… .
Chicago City Hall touts $13 mil. in consultant’s savings – A consulting company hired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel last summer to consolidate and overhaul city contracts has already saved the city $13.3 million, City Hall contends. Read more…
San Bernardino seeks bankruptcy protection – San Bernardino became the third California city in less than a month to seek bankruptcy protection, with officials saying the financial situation had become so dire that it could not cover payroll through the summer. Read more… .
What states spend the least, per-capita? Nevada is at top of list – Govpro looked at the numbers and found that Nevada spends the least per-capita on government. The other top five states with lowest per-capita spends are Texas, Georgia, Florida and Illinois. The five states with the highest per-capita spending rates are Vermont, New Mexico, Wyoming, Hawaii and Alaska. Read more… .
Keating Report on government budgets and spending, 2nd half 2012 – Are better days ahead for government budgets and the economy? Is the worst behind us? The economy continues to slowly lurch ahead, with improved state government revenues but spotty hiring in the U.S. workforce. It is clear, the post-recession economy is affecting government budgets. Read more… .
Campus Mergers Bring Big Changes but Questionable Savings – For years, states have merged state college campuses, nearly always for financial reasons. The logic seems unassailable: Maintaining fewer schools should cost less money. But consolidation doesn’t necessarily yield savings. Read more… .
Cities near a tipping point – Officials at the state and local levels say many governments outside of New York City are at or near a tipping point — between eliminating services such as garbage collection or imposing financial control boards, like the ones already in place in Buffalo and Nassau County. Read more… .
Staples, MN (August 21, 2012) – The National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA) awarded a national contract to Flex-O-Lite, through which NJPA members can purchase hi-performance Type III glass beads. These reflective beads, along with Flex-O-Lite’s specialized calibration tools and technical support, work to ensure a higher level of airport safety throughout North America. “Flex-O-Lite is the leading supplier of reflective glass beads to airports. Through this contract, a greater number of airports can contribute to improving the level of safety they provide by using Flex-O-Lite’s high quality, reflective glass beads at a competitive price,” said Mike Hajek, NJPA’s Director of Contracts & Marketing.
Staples, MN – August 14, 2012 – The National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA) today announced it awarded its first national Electronic Marketplace contract to ESM Solutions, through which NJPA members can purchase sourcing and purchasing applications. Each year ESM Solutions helps over 4,000 school and government entities meet their procurement goals through their software and marketplace applications. The contract will help NJPA members streamline their procurement process and enhance their spend management capabilities through integrated solutions.
Staples, MN (August 8, 2012) – In response to a national solicitation and resulting competitive bid and evaluation process, the National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA) has awarded Wastequip a national contract for “Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Equipment with Related Equipment, Accessories, and Supplies.” NJPA awarded contract #060612-WQI to Wastequip on July 17, 2012. ”We feel the Front, Side, and Rear-loading containers, Roll-off containers, Recycling and Plastic front load containers, Compaction equipment, Balers, Digesters, Organics 2 Go equipment, Mobile equipment including “above frame” and “hook hoist” trucks, and loaded container handler solutions available through this contract will provide great value to NJPA and our members. Additionally, the commitment Wastequip has made to “green manufacturing,” and also to engaging NJPA and our members in determining solutions that will assist in meeting LEED certifications standards, helps make Wastequip a sensible choice for a solutions partner,” stated NJPA Contract Manager Jeremy Schwartz.
Staples, MN (August 8, 2012) – In response to a national solicitation and resulting competitive bid and evaluation process, the National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA) has awarded Environmental Solutions Group(ESG) a national contract for “Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Equipment with Related Equipment, Accessories, and Supplies.” NJPA awarded contract #060612-ESG to Environmental Solutions Group on July 17, 2012. “We feel the front-, rear-, and side-loading garbage trucks, cart lifters, compactors, balers, containers, and roll-off hoist solutions available at a very competitive price point through this contract will provide great value to NJPA and our members. Additionally, the commitment ESG has made to “green manufacturing” and also to designing products for reduced environmental impact help make ESG the right choice for a solutions partner,” stated NJPA Contract Manager Jeremy Schwartz.
Staples, MN (June 22, 2012) – In response to a national solicitation and resulting competitive bid and evaluation process, the National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA) has awarded Neopost a national contract for “Postage Meters and related Mailing Equipment, Software, Accessories and Supplies”, for their complete line of mailing and shipping solutions in all of the advertised mailing and shipping categories. NJPA awarded, on June 17, 2012, Neopost for its full line of mailing and shipping solutions. “We are confident in the full breadth of solutions Neopost is capable of providing. From various cutting edge products and services, industry expertise for assessing a company’s mailing requirements to quality customer service,”stated NJPA Director of Contracts and Marketing Mike Hajek.
State, Local Government Employment Remains Flat in Jobs Report – State and local government employment remained mostly unchanged in March, continuing a trend of flat jobs growth. The Labor Department reported Friday that local governments lost a total of 3,000 jobs in March, with February figures revised upward by 2,000. The public education sector accounted for nearly all of the cuts. Read More….
Staples, MN (May 25, 2012) – As an innovation leader known for setting the pace for innovation in the tire industry, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will stay on the leading edge with products, processes, people and now an NJPA contract. Goodyear has been awarded a contract for, “Tires together with related accessories, services, and supplies,” by the National Joint Powers Alliance®. The contract was approved on May 15th, 2012 and is available nationally to NJPA Members. The NJPA contract enables government, education and non-profit agencies a purchasing solution that satisfies most agencies’ competitive bid requirements.
Staples, MN (May 6, 2012) – National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA) is pleased to announce the awarding of Pitney Bowes the contract for “POSTAGE METERS AND RELATED MAILING EQUIPMENT, SOFTWARE, ASSESSORIES AND SUPPLIES”. The contract was approved by the NJPA Board of Directors on June 19, 2012, and is available nationally to NJPA Members. “The Pitney Bowes contract represents and demonstrates the exceptional quality and performance that our members have come to expect from NJPA contracts,” noted NJPA Director of Contracts and Marketing Mike Hajek.