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Purchasing Trends


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.

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…