Washington State's CIO on the Impending ‘Sea Change’ in Purchasing Government IT

WATCH: As Michael Cockrill leaves public service, he reflected with Route Fifty on rebranding ‘public service’ and how purchasing IT is fundamentally changing.

36,000 Obsolete Smartphones at the Center of NYPD Procurement Mess

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Feds call Denver ordinance “dangerous”; major IT upgrades in San Francisco; and water pressure busts pipes in booming N.C. town.

Why Trump’s ‘Buy American’ Push Puts Alaska in Tough Spot

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Connecticut’s schools face major budget heartburn; Airbnb bookings for eclipse have extra benefit for Wyoming; and it’s City Hall Selfie Day!

Contractors Are Confident Amid Uncertain Political Environment

Businesses that sell to government are bullish—buoyed by an uptick in voter-approved infrastructure spending, as well as an increase in bids and RFPs.

Charlotte Is Among 5 Cities Developing More Inclusive Procurement

“We know that diverse and equitable communities tend to be more economically and civically vibrant and experience more growth,” said a Living Cities employee of its latest City Accelerator cohort.

What’s Causing State and Local Government Procurement Efforts to Struggle?

Government officials reported declines in response time, customer service and reputation regarding bids and RFPs, according to a new performance index.

A New Way of Procuring Radios? Roger That.

In a guest article, the executive director of the National Association of State Procurement Officials shares how one state’s contracting improvements brought significant savings that materialized in multiple ways.

‘Business as Usual Can Be the Riskiest Procurement Approach’

Top insights about procurement and contracting from the What Works Cities Summit.

A Data-Driven Governance Test for Seattle: Transforming Homeless Services

Two years ago, the Emerald City was among the first to be named to the What Works Cities program and chose to focus on human-services contracting reform. What can other cities learn from Seattle’s experience?

Making It Easier for Public Fleets to Adopt Use of Alternative Fuel Vehicles

So long as state and local governments are willing to get creative with funding mechanisms, a two-to-three year return on investment is easily attainable, National Association of Regional Councils environment committee members discussed on Monday.

Trump’s Infrastructure Ambitions Could Be a Boon for Slow SLED Purchasing

But any new policies will take several quarters to reverberate in state and local agencies’ procurement.

Navigator Award Finalist: Jennifer Saha and Team, CompTIA

Engaging vendors to reverse the trend of waning procurement in many states.

Procurement Partnerships Yield More State and Local Bids

Soliciting vendor input prior to an RFP can go a long way, according to a recently released Onvia survey.

Life After State Procurement Reform

As Texas found, agencies can be cautious of new purchasing rules.

Tennessee’s Procurement for Marketing and Advertising Sets a New Standard

Tennessee’s four-tiered procurement method helped bring in an estimated $1 billion in increased tourism spending and could be used by any state willing to step away from traditional Request for Proposal models.