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Running a Successful Procurement Office

This 2-day class is designed for those who are new to the procurement field, as well as for experienced procurement officials.

Attendees will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to run a successful procurement office. The class will cover procurement policies and procedures, contract administration, legal requirements and other important factors for effectively running a procurement office for a state or local governmental entity, district or authority. Attendees will also learn how to incorporate recent developments and changes in the Commonwealth’s procurement laws into bidding processes and contracting practices.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Class Level: Basic
  • Instructional Method: Group-Live
  • Advanced Prep: None

Class dates:
December 4-5, 2019, Boston, MA

Office of the Inspector General, One Ashburton Pl., Room 1306, Boston, MA 02108

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.




  • Advantages and challenges of centralized and decentralized procurement systems
  • Consistent application of bidding policies across department lines
  • Developing standardized documents to facilitate bidding procedures
  • Professional collaborations with other procurement officials and jurisdictions
  • Working with state administrative and investigatory agencies
  • Contracting terms and conditions for better results
  • Developing a succession plan for procurement offices
  • Dealing with challenging vendors
  • Recent legal developments
  • Making responsibility and responsiveness determinations
  • Managing procurement files and contract records in the electronic age

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