Procurement issues are incredibly complex and politically and commercially sensitive. It is difficult for any one corporation to advance procurement reforms, because every change impacts many other firms who may not be committed to change, and it runs the risk of being perceived as self-dealing by the public or legislators.
A coalition-based model is proven and the better approach. Corporations can advocate for procurement reforms that make state contracting more fair without having to be the singular leader on a bill. In addition, corporations often have other legislative priorities that take precedence over long-term contracting reform. Through becoming a member of the coalition, businesses can be assured the procurement reform is being advanced while their existing lobby teams can focus on other immediate priorities.
Government Performance Partners is a proven leader in procurement reform and a worthwhile membership opportunity for any firm involved with procurement.
OUR EARLY SUCCESSES
The passage of HB 3658 in the House - on a vote of 144-0 - shows promising, long-term bi-partisan support for procurement reform. Despite it being stalled in the Senate, several key GPP proposals were amended to SB 799, signed by the Governor. These provisions include:
updates to the Comptroller Handbook with a model communication procedure;