As I work with government entities, I meet people of all job titles who find themselves in the role of facility manager: community and recreation center directors, librarians, parks department personnel, police, and firefighters. As you might expect, some, but not nearly all, are experts in public procurement. After all, public purchasing is a discipline unto itself!
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP), list on their Principles and Practices website a list of global best practices for public procurement. Here, you can find a list of 20 documents outlining best public procurement practices. It's a lot to know!
One method of best practice outlined at principlesandpractices.org is the utilization of cooperative contracts, and the NIGP Sourcebook page highlights the U.S. Communities purchasing alliance at http://www.nigpsourcebook.com.
If you are making a government purchase, Missouri and Kansas state statute allows you to bypass the usual bid process -with all the associated time consuming record keeping, regulations, and contractor meetings-by utilizing a cooperative purchasing agreement.
Why is this true? These contracts have been nationally solicited and competed already and offer you the lowest pricing available to governments, and as such, satisfy your purchasing requirements.
And, did you know you can purchase an entire, turn-key carpet or flooring installation?
For more information on others in the Kansas City area who have utilized U.S. Communities for their flooring installations, please take a look at. http://allflooringkc.com/