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An initiative of the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab

  • Procurement

    The Government Performance Lab Procurement Excellence Network (PEN) is a free online hub to support state and local public procurement professionals as they drive reform and make procurement more efficient, fair, results-driven, equitable, and strategic.

  • Resource Library

    Our resource library include quick reads, templates, and how-to guides available for free download. Check out our publication Using Government Procurement to Advance Racial Equity, which highlights innovative procurement strategies to advance economic mobility.

  • Events & Opportunities

    Join us for roundtables and trainings that will support your growth as a leader. Our interactive events are also a great opportunity to learn from your peers about how they’ve implemented procurement reforms in their jurisdictions.

  • About Our Community

    PEN members are doing big things! Our members come from state and local governments of every structure and size, but they all have one thing in common: a desire to transform procurement.

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About the Procurement Excellence Network (PEN): Transforming Procurement

Procurement is one of the most powerful tools state and local leaders have to improve resident outcomes and equitably deliver services. But in many state and local governments, procurement simply isn’t working the way it should -- RFPs take too long, not enough companies bid on contracts, and archaic procedures make it impossible to implement innovative solutions.

The goal of the GPL Procurement Excellence Network is to help cities, counties, and states transform their procurement practices—so that, ultimately, governments achieve better outcomes for residents, businesses, and community stakeholders.

Pillars of Procurement Excellence

The Government Performance Lab's Procurement Excellence Framework is a set of strategies designed to help governments use procurement and contracting to achieve better outcomes for residents.


Efficient & Fair

Transforms the procurement process to be efficient, inviting, and transparent

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Improves the outcomes of contracted programs, products, and services


Invests in equity to improve economic mobility and achieve better outcomes for historically marginalized populations



Elevates and resources procurement as a strategic function

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