Herndon, VA – NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement and the UK Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) today jointly announce the release of three additional global Public Procurement Practices: Developing Evaluation Criteria; Outsourcing; and Technology in Public Procurement.
As part of a larger shared initiative to define and formalize global professional standards for government procurement officials, the release of these practices brings to 17 the body of standardized practices providing high-level guidance across government procurement activities.
Public entities at all levels of government perform many of the same procurement activities, yet their methodologies and outcomes differ. Reflecting on the importance of a body of professional standards for public procurement, David Noble, CIPS’ Chief Executive Officer observed, “Establishing a broad base of professional practices provides the common operating reference for practitioners and an evaluative resource for the general public to measure the procurement practices of their governments.”
NIGP’s Chief Executive Officer, Rick Grimm, added, “Historically, the specific practices of a profession are closely held or are otherwise difficult to discover. By contrast, professionals in public procurement value the fundamental nature of transparency in government practice. We publish these Practices with the intent to serve the professional needs of the government procurement community, while simultaneously serving the public’s need to assure their governments’ appropriate stewardship of tax-based revenues.”
NIGP and CIPS will continue to jointly develop and release additional Practices over the coming 18 months and beyond. The CIPS-NIGP partnership intends to release a total of 30 Practices by the end of June 2013. The core foundation of 30 Practices and those that follow will be maintained through an ongoing review and development process to ensure that the body of Practices remains relevant and supports the needs of government procurement practitioners over time.
The Practices for Public Procurement are founded upon the Values of Public Procurement necessary to preserve the public trust, protect the public interest, and ensure fairness for the public good. Those Values are: Accountability, Ethics, Impartiality, Professionalism, Service, and Transparency.