Ethics and the professionalization of public procurement have been among NASPO’s Top 10 Priorities for elevating and advancing public procurement for several years. NASPO’s latest research paper, Best Practices: Ethics and Accountability, explores choosing the best path; best practices in ethics programs; conflicts of interest and vendor relations; and adopting proactive transparency practices. Case studies are included at the end of each section, which aim to delve more deeply into these inter-related topics and help illustrate the ethical dilemmas that state procurement officials may encounter. This paper was written as a collaborative effort of the Accountability, Transparency and Conflict of Interest Work Group, led by Valerie Bollinger, Purchasing Manager, Division of Purchasing for the State of Idaho.
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