What can states do to modernize the way they buy goods and services? Here are the recommendations and best practices from the National Association of State Procurement Officials.
Legislative and executive branches in states across the country are facing a new challenge: how to modify and streamline purchasing systems. In its simplest form, we are talking about how states buy goods and services.
Sounds simple enough, but too often across the country, billions of dollars are at stake when state purchasing is conducted through a stove-piped method of legacy systems, old technologies and obsolete procedures.
Procurement must be seen as an opportunity to reduce waste and increase efficiency in state government. To provide a framework for how to move forward, the National Association of State Procurement Officials has released guidelines and best practices. NASPO’s seven principles of state purchasing provide a consistent direction that states can follow to create efficient, modern and cost-effective purchasing processes:
- Single Procurement Manager at an Executive Level
- Delegation of Authority
- Enterprise Approach to Acquisition
- Comprehensive Procurement Law
- eProcurement Systems
- Skilled Procurement Professionals
- Information Technology
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