In a collaboration with the Manhattan Institute, F&A’s playbook on modernizing procurement show how the influx of federal funding makes it more important than ever to improve the process of government contracting. State and local officials at all levels of government can use the current disruptions to enact meaningful reforms in procurement, such as:
- Modernizing antiquated procurement systems and automating certain processes to free up workers’ valuable time for more meaningful work;
- Streamlining the procurement process through cooperative purchasing, user-friendly Request for Proposal (RFP) templates, and user-centered design processes;
- Implementing innovative procurement methods that will ensure adaptability in the face of future disruptions and strengthen the supply chain by increasing vendor access to procurement;
- Standardizing cybersecurity controls and authorizing regular audits and automatic rebidding of older contracts.
If this historic level of federal funding is to be truly transformative, state and local governments must also transform procurement into a tool for innovation and problem-solving. This brief will be a guide for policymakers trying to achieve that goal.