The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) recently released several publications to help companies work with state procurement agencies, and though government procurement differs from corporate procurement, the material could still give some valuable insights to all types of practitioners.
The 2011-2012 Survey of State Procurement Practices examines issues that are relevant to doing business with the states. Among these are procurement laws, along with regulations and policies; solicitation practices and contracting procedures; vendor registration and bidding list rules; preference policies, conflicts of interest, and green requirements; and electronic procurement. A survey summary is downloadable for free. NASPO members access the report via their login information, while non-members pay $95.
State & Local Government Procurement: A Practical Guide is a comprehensive and updated review of the evolving role of state and local procurement officials. Topics in the 420-page volume include trends in state and local procurement, e-procurement, managing contracts, bid evaluations and awards, cooperative multi-state purchasing, procurement of construction work, and emergency preparedness. Cost to NASPO members is $75 and for non-members $90.
The 2013 Supplier Guide CD: How to Do Business With the States details procurement policies of each state and is designed to help companies learn about state contracts and get on bid lists. Topics include products and services handled by central procurement offices, set-aside programs, agencies that are exempt from purchasing through a central procurement office, and state vendor guides. The price is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.
For details, click on www.naspo.org/store/ or call (859) 514-9159.