In February, Governing magazine released a report ranking 39 states based on their procurement policies. They were ranked in 10 categories, including their use of technology, how they engage with vendors and how effectively central procurement offices work with agencies.
Six states stood out as top performers: Georgia in the lead, followed by Virginia, Minnesota, Utah, and, tied for 5th place, Massachusetts and Ohio.
Governing columnists Katherine and Richard Greene helped evaluate the states and saw tremendous variation in the ways states handle this important function. To hear more about how the #1 state got to be where it is, we interviewed Lisa Eason, the deputy commissioner of Georgia’s purchasing office, and her predecessor, Leslie Lowe, who retired in 2015.
Read about the procurement reforms the State of Georgia undertook at: http://www.governing.com/columns/smart-mgmt/gov-georgia-procurement-eason-lowe.html