Panelists Discuss Procurement Regulations and Guidelines During MACo Winter Conference Session

Counties work hard to maximize their purchasing dollars to deliver the best for their citizens and taxpayers. To better understand the procurement process and the overlapping array of regulations, goals, and guidelines, local officials attended a winter conference session titled “Procurement Primer for Elected Officials and Professionals.

During this session, speakers explained the premise of the procurement process and the many preferences that must be considered when selecting a vendor. Suzette Moore, Chief Procurement Officer for the Maryland Aviation Administration  (MAA) spoke first provided the legislative and regulatory framework that governs procurement practices. Linda Dangerfield, Deputy Director of the Office of Procurement MAA, followed discussing social program requirements, such as Minority Business Enterprise and disadvantaged business preferences. Together, they covered bid requirements and timeframes, and different bidding processes, such as competitive sealed bid and best value.

Mark Miller, Purchasing Manager, Wicomico County Board of Education, spoke of challenges associated with public school construction since requirements may vary depending upon the funding source.

Karen Redderson, the Area Extension Director with the College of Agricultural and Natural Resources, spoke third discussing local procurement requirements and preferences. She emphasized understanding your local procurement parameters and taking advantage of piggy backing on other contracts where possible. She also provided a list of resources for county staff to follow.