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Sullivan County Develops Centralized Contract Procedures to Improve Procurement Control

Sullivan County Develops Centralized Contract Procedures to Improve Procurement Control

Local level governments take various approaches to procurement. Many use a traditional centralized purchasing system, while others have deregulated public procurement and allow departments more control over their purchasing decisions. Sullivan County, New York isn’t the only government adopting a hybrid system that combines the benefits of both centralized and decentralized processes.

Low Mississippi Levels Could Disrupt Supply Chain

Low Mississippi Levels Could Disrupt Supply Chain

Coal, fertilizer, salt, grain, and other valuable commodities depend on the Mississippi River for transport, but the nation’s largest waterway may soon be inaccessible to the barges that move these products. Recent drought conditions have diminished the water level of the Mississippi to the lowest its seen in more than a decade, with some experts …

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Strike May Have Detrimental Effects on Florida Supply Chain

Strike May Have Detrimental Effects on Florida Supply Chain

The clock is ticking on negotiations that could shut down 15 US ports, an outcome that will have a serious impact on Florida’s economy as well as the nation’s. The contract between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) will expire on December 29. If a suitable agreement isn’t met …

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New Arlington County Procurement Guidelines Open the Door for PPPs

New Arlington County Procurement Guidelines Open the Door for PPPs

The Columbia Pike streetcar project was the focus of many debates among residents and officials in Arlington, VA when it was first proposed. The $249 million transit system will offer transportation between Bailey’s Crossroads in Fairfax and Pentagon City. With the project approved, the next step was to begin the procurement process. Rather than the …

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Procurement Integrity Violations Cost Contractor $60,000

Procurement Integrity Violations Cost Contractor $60,000

Questionable activities were commonplace in the procurement industry long before the Procurement Integrity Act passed in the late 80s. From small-scale construction projects to multimillion dollar research and development proposals, there have been cases of espionage, bid tampering, and similar crimes. Penalties are harsh at any level, but contractors and procurement professionals working with federal …

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