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Driving Innovation and Efficiencies with Cooperative Procurement

By Tammy Rimes, MPA - Executive Director for National Cooperative Procurement Partners and former purchasing agent for San Diego, CA



Ask any government office, “what do you think of your purchasing processes?” and the answers can vary from “slow and cumbersome” to “hard to navigate and understand.” It might be surprising to many, that procurement professionals will often agree with that assessment. Public procurement rules and regulations, the need for competitive and transparent processes and ever-changing landscape of government needs can push any team to its limits. So, it’s not necessarily purchasing’s fault. Many teams were significantly reduced during the past recession, with resource levels never fully re-staffed upon the economic recovery, and the so-called ‘silver tsunami’ of increasing boomer retirements, with a lack of knowledgeable replacements, is also adding to the problem.


In a recent government survey by Gov+Win from Deltek, procurement teams across the nation were asked about their top challenges. “The percentage of government purchasing staff that report being over-worked has steadily climbed in our survey from 35 percent in 2016 to 42 percent in 2018, and to some extent, is starting to look more like a tech start-up than a government bureaucracy in expectations for hours and workloads,” Paul Irby, principal research analyst at GovWin IQ SLED says.


The other top challenges cited in the survey include budget and resource constraints, lack of time to conduct in-depth research, ever-increasing workloads and most recently, lack of quality suppliers bidding on available contracts.


As a result, procurement teams are responding in recent years with innovative techniques and new ways to meet the growing and diverse needs of their organizations. Cooperative procurement is one of those available tools to increase productivity while maintaining high standards and best practices.


Read the full article online.

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