American City & County features NASPO research on public procurement trends

American City and County’s October/November Government Procurement magazine features “Procurement 20/20,” which covers trends that will shape public procurement. The article includes insights from NASPO Executive Director DeLaine Bender on staffing trends and growth in the use of e-procurement systems.

… [In NASPOS] “2016 Survey of State Procurement Practices,” 74 percent of respondents indicated the procurement responsibilities of the central procurement office have increased in the past two years. “While procurement responsibilities continue to grow, only 38 percent of responding states indicated a staff increase, which represents no improvement from the staffing challenges reported two years ago,” Bender says. “Given that 62 percent of procurement offices are actually experiencing a staff reduction or no change in staffing, more needs to be done in the procurement workforce area to alleviate the rapid increase in responsibilities, which is not matched by additional staff to support workloads,” Bender says. Those workloads, she says, are almost two times greater than those reported two years ago in the “2014 Survey of State Procurement Practices.”

Download Government Procurement magazine below.  Procurement 20/20 begins on page 18. 

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