Are you new to the Procurement Excellence Network but aren't sure how to take advantage of everything we have to offer? We love getting to know new members and showing you how to maximize your membership experience! These group info sessions are a great way us to get to know you, your government, and some […]
Actively managing contracts is a crucial technique that helps your government improve the quality of goods it procures and services it provides to residents. Without strong contract management practices, you could see poor-quality service, missed deadlines, unfulfilled deliverables, or unspent sums. If you were unable to join us last February, join us this January for […]
Are you looking to train your department or agency staff on a procurement process, policy or new initiative—such as the basics of procurement in your government, how to write an RFP, or how to form an evaluation committee—but unsure where to start? While you could queue up a slide deck and talk to your staff […]
The Procurement Excellence Network (PEN) is turning one year old! With your support, we have grown to over 1,000 members from across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. We have hosted over 20 events, released more than 70 publications, and conducted dozens of office hours. This engagement has provided powerful insights on the state of […]
APPLICATION CLOSED: BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR FUTURE BOOTCAMP OPPORTUNITIES. Are you looking to design and implement a vendor survey to understand challenges that businesses — especially small and diverse firms — face when doing business with your government? Join us for an exciting new, multi-session training opportunity for governments looking to design and […]
Are you struggling with how to address an overly administrative, confusing, and lengthy contracting process? If so, join us for a training session on process mapping. Process mapping is an excellent first step toward cutting down cycle times and engaging members across different departments to jumpstart procurement reform. This training will cover the mechanics of process mapping and how it can be an asset to your procurement transformation efforts. We will share tips for beginning process mapping and include sample slides you can use for your own process mapping.
Feeling overwhelmed by the number of low-stake solicitations your central purchasing team has to review? Receiving complaints from department partners that your formal purchasing process is slowing them down? One cause might be inadequate purchasing thresholds, or the dollar values at which the purchasing rules change within your jurisdiction. Purchasing thresholds are an important guardrail […]
In many governments, procurement is undervalued or misunderstood by leadership, leading to purchasing offices that are overworked, under-resourced, and underutilized. In a government where procurement is elevated, valued, and properly resourced, leadership views the purchasing office as a core strategic function, rather than as a transactional, compliance, or administrative office - and that's what enables […]
Do you want to diversify your vendor pool but are unsure where to start? Are you struggling to meaningfully move the needle on the number of contracts and dollars going to diverse, small, or local firms? In many cases, governments aren’t issuing contracting opportunities that small, local, firms and those led by women or people of color can reasonably bid on due to the sheer size of the contract. Breaking large contracts apart into smaller scopes of work is a promising practice to make opportunities available to firms who otherwise wouldn’t be able to compete. However, this strategy can encounter resistance from contract managers because of the additional work involved in being responsible for more contracts. In this training, we’ll cover the basics of unbundling, how to prioritize contracts for unbundling, and best practices for successful contract management.
La Red de Excelencia en Adquisiciones es una comunidad para el personal gubernamental que entiende la contratación pública como una herramienta estratégica para mejorar la calidad de vida de los residentes. Es una comunidad de aprendizaje donde el personal gubernamental puede reunirse a compartir experiencias, encontrar recursos y seguir capacitándose en su oficio. Si cree […]
A Rede de Excelência em Compras Públicas é uma comunidade para profissionais atuando no setor público que acreditem na importância estratégica da área de compras públicas para a melhoria da qualidade de vida da população. A Rede foi criada como uma comunidade de aprendizagem, na qual profissionais que atuem no setor público, principalmente na área […]