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May 24, 2021, 12:00 pm
Public procurement’s role began to evolve decades ago when leaders realized the importance of managing the supply of goods and services, not only in an efficient and cost-effective manner, but in ways that met constituent expectations. From what once…
May 18, 2021, 3:00 pm
By: James E. Foley, CPPO, Maricopa County; Cathy A. Muse, CPPO, Fairfax County; Jack Pellegrino, CPP, CPPO, CPCM, San Diego County; Gerald R. Plummer, Los Angeles County; Joseph Thomas, CPSM, C.P.M., Sedgwick County The time is now to fulfill the prom…
April 16, 2021, 2:00 pm
Running a marathon is simple in concept: take one step, then repeat 26,993 times, give or take a few thousand based on your height. It is a daunting task, and as a former marathon coach, a fun one too. Unlike a sprint, running marathons follow an exten…
March 15, 2021, 9:00 am
Happy Procurement Month! March has arrived and it’s time to celebrate procurement’s impact on our agencies, chapters, communities and our profession. It’s that time of year when the spotlight shifts to procurement professionals to recognize the v…
March 2, 2021, 5:00 pm
As the United States continues to grapple with issues related to systemic racism and inclusion, government procurement finds itself center stage. Born of the 1960’s civil rights movement, government diversity programs were kickstarted in 1971 when Pr…
January 19, 2021, 3:30 am
Procurement professionals aren’t simply buyers. They are first responders who have the best pulse on what’s happening at their agencies and in their communities and the broader marketplace thanks to their close collaboration with front-line colleag…
January 7, 2021, 12:00 pm
At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, when stockpiles of critical supplies like personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer and toilet tissue were quickly diminishing, and options for replenishment were growing scarcer by the day, Bruce Colli…
December 14, 2020, 12:00 pm
The Random House Unabridged Dictionary defines risk as, “The exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance.” In public procurement, the focus is often not on risk but keenly focused on price; the general public expects…
November 20, 2020, 12:00 pm
According to Transportation Today, “44% of major roadways are in poor or mediocre condition” and cost the average driver $533 in repairs yearly, according to The Washington Post. Unfortunately, one in three bridges requires repair or replacement wi…
November 17, 2020, 12:00 pm
"Procurement is just a roadblock. Why do we have to deal with them? We can do this on our own and we can do it much faster than Procurement.” Jennifer had heard it before. As a Procurement Manager at the County, she had been dealing for years wit…
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