The Public Procurement Guide

for Elected and Senior Government Officials

The purpose of this guide is to help elected and senior government officials understand how public procurement can help achieve their goals or get their entity into trouble. Written from the perspective of a seasoned public official mentoring other executives new to the public sector, the guide is a pragmatic reference featuring:

  • Pull-out, single-page “Quick Reference: Top 10 Things to Know About Procurement”

  • “The Highly Abridged Version” introduces each of the 10 chapters and provides the key take-away points for each section

  • Short, 1-3 page chapters that quickly convey the context, importance and what you need to know to leverage the greatest value from your procurement team

The Top 10 Things to Know About Procurement

If this quick reference piques your interest, the guide will drill down deeper on each issue offering helpful advice or conversation starters.

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