Outsourcing in the public sector means “contracting out” functions that historically have been provided by public employees. The belief that there are functions best performed by the private sector is not new, and moving these functions from the public to the private sector requires a fair and open process in the public’s best interest.
The Institute for Public Procurement recognizes that the outsourcing of particular governmental functions can be a fiscally sound tool of responsible public administration. However, identifying and assessing the elements of public performance most appropriate for outsourcing — and ensuring a successfully executed outsourcing decision – is a substantial challenge for everyone.
Public procurement offers a uniquely qualified and professional resource for government decision-makers considering outsourcing alternatives. The Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), Procurement Director or Purchasing Manager serves a strategic role in a public entity’s decision to outsource. The CPO is central to a fair, transparent and effective outsourcing process. While the decision is ultimately reserved for an elected body or senior executive, the CPO is prepared to provide informed insight on market structure, cost, risk, competitive methods and contract form as these factors impact the quality and cost of services. The CPO is uniquely positioned to help design and manage a process to achieve a successful public outsourcing effort. It is therefore important to engage the CPO early as a strategic partner to assess and to administer any ensuing selection and contract formation process.
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