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As the role of government procurement changes, so too is the role of cooperative procurement

Thursday, September 6, 2018  
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BY: Tammy Rimes


Seeking greater value for each taxpayer dollar is always a goal for public procurement teams. However, the old days of "low bid" are slowly fading. While price will always be a driving consideration, it's not the only one to be evaluated. Other factors might include viability of the chosen supplier, responsiveness and customer services, standardization across the agency, attaining social goals, or unique customer expectations for client departments, like public safety, IT or fleets.


The type of due diligence required in public procurement process - with its requirements of transparency and competition - takes considerable time and resources. Saving staff time and obtaining products and services quickly are gaining higher importance in the procurement process. This perspective was echoed in a recent survey by the SLED Market Analysis team at Deltek reported that "nearly 40 percent of agency buyers and procurement staff are overworked and their number one top specific challenge was re bid research and planning , followed by lack of staff and resources."


Meeting these daunting challenges has resulted in exponential growth in the use and choices of cooperative procurement. The idea is simple. A public Agency establishes a contract through a competitive procurement process for other agencies to "piggyback" on or adopt as their own contract. The saving advantages include: 1) price saving due to increased leverage of combined spend form multiple agencies and 2) the savings in time and resources realized by the piggybacking agency in having the contract already solicited and awarded.


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