If you are involved in procurement decisions, you will want to understand the basic methods for getting what the entity needs; procurement process is not simple or "one-size-fits-all." Most procurement methods rely on public competition, and are tied to dollar thresholds. The higher the value, the more formal and fully open the procurement, and the more likely that multiple factors will contribute to the award decision, not just lowest cost. Emergencies and true sole-source situations are typical exceptions from competition. The legislative trend is towards creating laws that grant procurement professionals more flexibility to create and implement innovative and intelligent contractor selection methods and contract arrangements, rather than prescribing overly specific "recipes" within statute or code. Within all the procurement methods, seemingly minor details and decisions can have a profound impact on the outcomes of the procurement, highlighting the need for you entity to possess strong procurement expertise.