While not lawyers or representatives of the legal sector, today’s public procurement professional is expected to be well versed in the application of legal limits within the procurement. As such, the aptitude of procurement professionals to make legally informed decisions is imperative. In support of this vision, NIGP’s Advanced Legislation & Legal Environment course creates a two-day learning experience where students leave with the ability to:
- Recall the legal decision-making process.
- Identify sources and scope of procurement law.
- Define the rules of regulation and court interpretation.
- Identify sources of procurement best practices.
- Respond to sole source requests by citing the law.
- Render a legally-informed decision on a late protest.
- Render a legally-informed decision on an unsolicited proposal.
- Prepare a case if any resistance to a legal decision is encountered.
- Determine any entity’s authority to define regulations when regulations are ambiguous/non-existent.
- Recall the violation investigation process.
- Define the terms “fraud,” “waste,” and “abuse,” pertaining to procurement.
- Determine the appropriate action following a violation.
- Draft a regulation in response to an entity’s issues with sole source procurements.
- Determine a procurement professional’s authority to write regulations
- Recall the regulation-writing process.
This course is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:
- Mid-level public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as in a management or equivalent functions within their respective entities.
- Non-procurement managers and supervisors who are responsible for either the procurement function or staff who provide procurement functions under delegated authority.
- Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly-funded or created organizations) that either serve within or manage the procurement function.
- Suppliers or representatives of suppliers seeking to understand the public procurement function from a holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.