Review of State Procurement Practices Gains Support

During the July 11, 2012 Board of Public Works meeting, the Governor expressed interest in a review of the state’s procurement practices to improve the process. This approach to creating a better and more efficient process has gained support from Delegate Dan Morhaim, chair of the Government Operations Subcommittee of the House Health and Government Operations Committee.  From the MarylandReporter.com:

“For all intents and purposes, the State operates like one big company from a taxpayer’s point of view,” Morhaim said. “There’s no reason in the age of instant communication that this (procurement system) can’t be fixed,”

At one time, all 24 jurisdictions’ schools bought things separately. Establishing a school buying consortium bill, which allowed public and private schools to purchase together, launched him into the procurement world.

“Buying 10 basketballs there and 20 basketballs there is still a basketball so why not buy together and pass on the savings?” Morhaim said. The move saves 8-10% on purchasing costs per year, or about $400 million.

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