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Public Sector Buyers Challenged to 'Do More with Less'
The survey found that nearly 40 percent of all procurement professionals report being overworked, up 4% from last year's survey. In the absence of adequate staffing resources, buying teams are struggling to "do more with less."
The report drew correlations between the most successful government agency procurement teams and the methods they use. Some of the key areas identified that can improve procurement performance include the following:
- Increased funding for procurement teams
- Better engagement with key stakeholders
- More efficient purchasing methods
- Increased adoption of e-Procurement
"Smart governments recognize that strategic investments in their procurement teams translate into more value for the citizens they serve," said
Procurement Teams Struggling to Perform Pre-Bid Planning and Research
When asked about their greatest challenges in procurement, the top ranked issue was "not enough time to prepare and plan for bids/RFPs." Resource-stretched buyers are challenged with little time to research and write bid language, having to comply with multiple layers of rules and regulations and lacking specific knowledge of the items they are procuring, forcing them to operate in a reactive mode rather than planning proactively.
Government buyers are able to combat this challenge, reduce research time and streamline their procurement processes by implementing solutions like Onvia Exchange into their day-to-day workflows:
"Onvia Exchange has been a very helpful tool both for our purchasing agents and client departments. It has helped us in researching bids, developing specifications and finding additional supply sources. This has allowed us to reduce our lead time in developing solicitations while increasing our competition base." –
Decline in Procurement Performance Index Highlights the Opportunity for Vendors to Proactively Partner with Government Agencies
This year's report features the Procurement Performance Index (PPI), a custom measurement developed by
The PPI saw a drop from 76.4 last year to the current value of 72.6. All three components of the index saw a decline, with the biggest decrease coming in area of response agility.
"The PPI measures the overall performance of state and local government agencies in providing timely and trustworthy purchasing services," said
A representative sample of 668 procurement staff members, coming from states, cities, counties, special districts and school districts nationwide, submitted responses to this year's study. The findings in the report provide real solutions to the challenges around resourcing, response agility, customer service and transparency that government procurement teams are facing nationwide. Likewise, contractors and vendors that pursue public sector sales can use the report to gain a deeper understanding of the unique needs of government customers and better position themselves as trusted partners.
Request your complimentary copy of the report today here.
To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/40-of-public-sector-buyers-report-being-overworked-according-to-onvias-2017-survey-of-government-procurement-professionals-300476313.html
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