New Report Analyzes Procurement Innovation and Reform (1/7/14)
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 | Comments

The IJIS Institute developed a report on procurement reform. The report is an essential read for those involved in the procurement process within state and local government, the authors said.

“Strategies for Procurement Innovation and Reform” was developed by the IJIS Institute’s Procurement Innovation Task Force and funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Program Manager of the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE).

“There has probably never been a time when management of the procurement process has been so important,” said Bob Shumate, member emeritus of the IJIS Institute and one of the project leaders. “With technology evolving at an ever-increasing pace and shrinking public budgets, existing procurement practices for technology projects no longer meet today’s requirements. This report offers many recommendations for modifying current procurement practices.”

The task force, comprised of seven members from the private sector and seven members from the public sector, offered a unique perspective from both the buyer’s and seller’s viewpoints. The report aims to not only provide high-level suggestions aimed at addressing general procurement issues but also provides recommendations that may solve specific procurement challenges. The report aims to clearly define how technology and the investment in and adoption of technology standards can play a role in ameliorating some of the issues inherent in procurement.

Steve Ambrosini, executive director of the IJIS Institute, said the institute is thrilled about strengthening the partnerships with technology industry associations and organizations, such as the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), National Association of Counties (NACo) and TechAmerica, which share a common interest in advancing the issue of procurement reform.

For more information on the report or the task force, visit: http://ijis.org/_resources/procurement_innovation_report.html.

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