Four new guides have been made available free from The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) and the US Institute for Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) as part of a larger initiative to support and formalise global professional standards for government procurement.
The four guides released this week include Lease-Purchase Decision; Specifications; Spend Analysis; Sustainable Procurement Practice, and there is now a total of 14 documents available to download from the CIPS and NIGP websites.
National, regional and local government often perform many of the same procurement activities but outcomes and methodologies differ.
David Noble, CIPS’ Chief Executive Officer, asserted that, “Growing the base of reference-able standards, gives public procurement professionals across the globe the necessary guide to achieve high performance procurement organizations that can more effectively support their communities. Considering U.S. governments spend a combined seven trillion dollars, Canada governments 360 billion dollars, and U.K. governments over 500 billion pounds, consistent and professional procurement practices across governments has a significant impact on how effectively and efficiently governments conduct business.”
NIGP’s Chief Executive Officer, Rick Grimm, noted that, “The release of these four Practices reflects NIGP’s ongoing commitment to develop, support and promote the public procurement profession in all parts of the world. Times of economic uncertainty are often when procurement’s light shine brightest, and growing the core Practices allows that bright light to shine more uniformly across all governments that subscribe to the value of professional practice in public procurement.”
The two professional bodies will continue to work together and release additional practices over the next 18 months. Another four practices will be released in a few months’ time.
Copies of the documents are available here.