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PRESS RELEASE: Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Issues a New White Paper

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Emily Johnson

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November 12, 2018

Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government issues new white paper “Cooperative Procurement: Today’s Contracting Tool, Tomorrow’s Contracting Strategy”

MINNEAPOLIS, MN. – Commissioned by the National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP), the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School announces the release of its white paper entitled: Cooperative Procurement: Today’s Contracting Tool: Tomorrow’s Contracting Strategy. Taking a 360 view by interviewing public procurement professionals, cooperative organizations, and suppliers with a cooperative contract, the paper seeks to illustrate the latest updates on the industry.


Under the leadership of Stephen Goldsmith, the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, this paper serves as the latest up-to-date academic research on the topic of cooperative procurement. Goldsmith, who served as the former Mayor of Indianapolis and former deputy mayor of New York City, states, “our white paper reinforced my former experience... in the belief that creative approaches to procurement can incorporate expertise and facilitate innovation. As the cooperative movement matures, it brings in new tools and approaches that can offer hope for beleaguered procurement shops aspiring to both get beyond the commodity work and to better understand new technologies.”


The paper concludes that cooperative purchasing can add value. It states “the challenge for chief procurement officers and elected officials is to achieve the right balance where they receive value from cooperative purchasing while retaining the ability to control overarching policy and specialized local conditions. The primary advantage for acquisition officers will be the opportunity to push routine work off to nationally accepted practitioners and/or to secure specialized expertise from those cooperatives and, in turn, free up their time and funds for more complex and unique issues.” 


Tammy Rimes, MPA, Executive Director of NCPP and former Purchasing Agent for the City of San Diego, CA, states “the cooperative industry is constantly evolving to reflect the needs of governments, while also maintaining the transparency and high ethical standards required by public procurement processes. This latest work by Harvard Kennedy School lends additional credibility to a process that has been proven to be successful and which can drive savings in time and money to benefit government teams and their ultimate customers.”  Copy of the white paper can be viewed at:





About National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP)

National Cooperative Procurement Partners is the association for cooperative procurement with members from cooperative, suppliers and public agencies. Its vision is to support all stakeholders in leveraging and utilizing a cooperative procurement strategy to best serve the public good.

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