“This document is intended to provide guidance to state, local, and Federal officials for use when assessing how to address the procurement problems that are ubiquitous across the nationwide procurement space … While this document may not ultimately provide recommendations that will solve specific procurement challenges, it will provide more high-level suggestions aimed at addressing procurement issues in general. While the procurement issues that buyers and sellers face are often anecdotally discussed, this document captures and highlights the challenges. Much of the existing research and body of knowledge about procurement has been developed with a skew toward: governmental concerns and how governments are affected by these concerns; or, from an industry/commercial perspective, with a bias towards the organizations that sell goods and provide services to government. This initiative is primarily unique because of the multi-disciplinary composition of the Task Force. Rather than presenting a bifurcated view of the procurement world, the Task Force has made concerted efforts to present a unified, comprehensive viewpoint that can be an effective tool for both public and private sector stakeholders” (p. 16). Sections contained in this report are: executive overview; introduction; data sharing standards and interoperability—applying technical standards in a mature market, the value of adopting technical standards, creating the market for standards, vague standards definition and inconsistent adoption, and buyers frequently do not have an enterprise architecture in place; risk management—onerous and adversarial terms and conditions, implementation team membership consistency, lack of a fully integrated procurement team, and lack of transparency on budgets; communications and requirements—lack of clear, agreed-upon performance criteria, lack of clarity in how government and industry may communicate, defining and articulating requirements, too much detail in the procurement document, a balanced commitment to success, and a complex and cumbersome procurement process; strategy and implementation—strategic considerations, implementation, and gaps and challenges; and conclusion.
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Strategies for Procurement Innovation and Reform
U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC)