Public Procurement: Past, Present and Future

While the past few years have held a tremendous amount of change for state procurement officials, 2005 demonstrated that the role of the procurement official has become more complex. The procurement official is now expected to be a leader in the charge to streamline the procurement process and eliminate procedures that are perceived as adding delay and cost without any commensurate benefit. These demands for change are occurring at a time that government’s reliance on purchased services and commodities is increasing; the services and commodities are less routine; and the role that public procurement plays within the executive branch is becoming more important to the success of essential government programs.

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About the Authors
John Adler is the state procurement administrator for the state of Arizona and past president (2004–2005) of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO).

Dugan Petty, CPPO is the deputy administrator, State Services Division, Oregon Department of Administrative Services, and a current life member and past president (1998–1999) of NASPO.

Rebecca Randall is a senior project coordinator for NASPO with responsibility for coordinating  association activities, policy research and analysis, and promoting information exchange  between states on procurement issues.