Featured Article: Private Sector Procurement Reform in Georgia: A Model for the Public Sector
By Brad Douglas
Brad Douglas is the former commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services for the State of Georgia. In his feature article, “Private Sector Procurement Reform in Georgia: A Model for the Public Sector,” Douglas explains how Georgia has reduced its debt and how this can be applied to many other areas within the public and private sectors.
Excerpt Taken Directly From “Private Sector Procurement Reform in Georgia: A Model for the Public Sector”
“With this program, Georgia is giving the nation a concrete example of the future of public procurement, in which purchasing on contract is as easy as filling an electronic shopping cart, and where the procurement office can focus not on pushing paper, but on analyzing data on spending and negotiating contracts that public employees will use to save taxpayer dollars.
“I am the first to admit that Georgia’s procurement transformation is an ongoing process. While the state believes it has addressable spend in the range of more than $5 billion, the success of the procurement initiative to date has opened up the possibility that the state procurement office could eventually capture significantly greater amounts of spend―and drive much greater efficiencies―as the initiative progresses.”
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