Government Procurement Fun Facts
Fun Facts about Government Procurement
- Office supply company Staples publishes an 8000 item catalog directed at US government procurement agents. The catalog is available online and in printed form. Staples estimates that nearly 2 million printed catalogs are distributed each year.
- In late 2008, Chicago Public School officials purchased 30 cappuccino machines for a culinary arts program. Although the total cost was $67,000, procurement agents were accused of structuring the payments such that no invoice exceeded $10,000. This strategy allowed competitive bidding regulations and school board approval to be bypassed. Investigators observed that the same machines were available online for about 20% less.
- General Motors provides an online shopping program for government vehicles. At www.gmfleet.com/government, potential customers can browse a virtual vehicle showroom, compare warranties, and check out alternative fuel vehicles.
- The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) represents 94 PTACs (Procurement Technical Assistance Centers) that provide assistance to businesses competing for government contracts.
- The State of Ohio procures people. This recent listing from procure.ohio.gov declared the requirements for a 2-year position in the Ohio Department of Public Safety:
- Government consumption declined steadily in comparison to Gross Domestic Product (GDP). From 1954 to 2000, good and services purchased by the US government declined from 28% to less than 10% of GDP. Refer to the graph below.
Government Consumption vs GDP
Fiscal Year 2008 U.S. Government Energy Consumption by Agency (top 5 agencies)
Energy Consumption (in trillions of BTUs)
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