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Survey Results Are In! 3rd Annual Survey of Public Procurement Professionals

Monday, August 6, 2018  
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GovWin+Onvia from Deltek released the results from its 3rd annual survey of government procurement professionals that seeks to monitor and track progress in key areas of purchasing, vendor recruitment, turnaround times, and quality of service. The insights enable government buyers and procurement professionals, as well as suppliers, to better understand the current government contracting environment. 

To achieve this objective, 334 survey responses were collected in May 2018 from procurement professionals and key decision makers at state, county, city, school & special districts nationwide. Agency procurement staff were asked to select the 1-3 challenges they face most often in procurement. Topping the list at 39% was "budgets/funding issues," followed closely by "cumbersome bureaucratic process" at 38%. In the next tier,  answers were "workload/staffing limitations" (31%) and "getting enough participation from vendors" (30%).

Paul Irby, Principal Research Analyst for GovWin+Onvia from Deltek states "several findings in our 2018 survey generally support the growing importance and mainstream adoption of cooperative purchasing among agencies." Observations include:

  • 42% of the procurement staff report being over-worked - up from 39% last year - a situation that is directly linked to the heavy demands of the role, reduced staffing levels and increased workloads.
  • While the amount of money spent through purchasing rising, the growth in number of bids is not rising at the same growth rate. This is an indicator that non-traditional modes of purchasing are growing at a faster clip, driven by needs of greater efficiency and time savings.
  • A new survey question asked this year approached the concept on the forms of purchasing methodologies taking place. Cooperative purchase methods (including co-ops, local piggybacking and GSA for SLED) represented around 20% of the total - a substantial base of purchasing activity. Another 19% went to "statewide contracts" - which arguably tend to also be "cooperative" in nature (available to multiple buyers). Another 21% are spent on "informal purchases," leaving just 41% spent on single-buyer solicitations of all kinds (including traditional bids and RFPs). These answers might suggest a general preference among agencies to reserve use of the time-consuming traditional bid process for the larger or more custom type purchases. 

CLICK HERE to download a full copy of the report. 


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