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Steps Have Been Taken to Enhance State Acquisition Management, but Further Improvement Is Needed, Report No. 06-35, April 2006
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In Fiscal Year 2004-05 state agencies purchased more than $6.4 billion in goods and services. Of the $3 billion spent on non-construction related goods and services, slightly over half was exempted from the state’s competitive purchasing processes. The Department of Management Services and state agencies have taken steps to increase the value of goods and services purchased through state-level term contracts and related initiatives. However, further improvements are needed, especially for acquisitions of complex services.

We recommend that the Legislature take steps to

  • increase the volume of purchases made through competitive processes;
  • require agencies to develop a process to record information on all purchases in the state’s Financial Management Information System, which will enhance the state’s ability to use strategic sourcing practices; and
  • require agencies to develop more complete business cases for major complex acquisitions by mandating analyses of associated procurement and contract management requirements.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Management Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-MFMP "MyFloridaMarketPlace," the State of Florida's eProcurement System, published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 08-43 The Legislature and Department of Management Services Have Taken Steps to Improve Acquisition Management, published in July 2008.
  • Report No. 04-02 Information Brief: The Legislature Could Strengthen State’s Privatization Accountability Requirements, published in January 2004.

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