Clearly defines NIGP’s position on values, policies and practices that have far reaching implications for procurement professionals and the customers they support...

In August 2010, the Institute adopted and approved for public release its first formal position paper, Transparency in Government; Transparency in Government Procurement. With this inaugural effort, the foremost authority in public procurement took the first step toward building a body of reference documents. Position papers are developed by a volunteer task force under the leadership of the NIGP Board-appointed Legislative and Position Committee.

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Best Value Procurement Methods for Professional Services - Overcoming the Limitations of Low-Bid and QBS


Best Value Procurement Methods for Professional Services - Overcoming the Limitations of Low-Bid and QBS affirms that publicly advertised price and cost competition is a key principle for achieving taxpayer value in government procurement of services from private sector providers, and that public procurement professionals must be empowered to determine the most relevant application of that principle and the most appropriate selection method to achieve best value when procuring services, including professional services. NIGP does not support mandates that require public entities to apply the Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) method for selecting providers of certain professional services.

Maintaining Procurement Principles as Technology Advances


Maintaining Procurement Principles as Technology Advances is a new position paper (from NIGP) on the importance of maintaining principles in our profession and the challenges presented by an ever-changing environment. As advances in technology permeate procurement activities, it is incumbent upon procurement professionals to understand the potential implications of technology utilized in procurement systems in their organization. 

The Strategic Value of Procurement in Public Entities


The Strategic Value of Procurement in Public Entities flows from the creation of opportunities for advance planning, obtaining best value, reducing risk and maintaining the integrity of the use of public funds. The strategic value of procurement is realized when an organization shifts its focus from reactive, transactional purchases to proactive, value-based procurement actions.

Local Preference in Public Procurement


NIGP maintains that preference policies, including local preferences, conflict with the fundamental public procurement principles of impartiality and full and open competition. Therefore, NIGP does not support the use of preference policies. 

Procurement Authority in Public Entities


Procurement authority is a foundational concept in the public sector and the administration of government. It is of the utmost importance that the government spends taxpayer dollars responsibly, protected from undue influence and in the best interest of its community. Procurement policies and processes are the means to achieve all of the goals

Best Value in Government Procurement


Just as government policies must adapt to social, economic and political forces, so too must the supporting functions that enable government effectiveness. Public entities legislating broader operating authority to professionals in public service are moving along the evolutionary path to greater effectiveness. These changes are growing acknowledgement of Procurement’s value and an expectation that those leading the function deliver on the promise of professionalism.

NEGOTIATION. Lost art or core competency?


Negotiation is a valuable skill for procurement professionals. Negotiation is a standard method of contracting in federal, state and local government procurement.

Procurement professionals need to know how to prepare and plan for negotiation in order to achieve win-win solutions. Negotiation can improve the overall combination of quality, service and other elements required for successfully meeting the organization’s requirements.

Cooperative Procurement: Great Value (Great Confusion)


The Institute expresses its support of cooperative practices as an important alternative means for securing goods and services at best value to the agency. As cooperative programs have proliferated procurement practitioners have been challenged to differentiate between the many programs and identify the cooperative methodology that will return the greatest value for their agency.

Outsourcing in the Public Sector


Outsourcing has a direct impact on a government entity’s ability to function successfully and deliver necessary services to the public. The decision to outsource must be well-informed and thoughtful and should be supported by skilled professionals with the strategic vision and expertise to improve operations while protecting the public good. Outsourcing in the Public Sector emphasizes the essential role of procurement staff in the outsourcing decision and its successful execution.

Transparency in Government; Transparency in Government Procurement


​NIGP highlights the historical importance of transparency in a democracy and the contemporary tools available that enable greater transparency, and offers a series of recommendations governments can adopt to achieve transparency in practice, without undue burden.

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