Rarely is a procurement office completely centralized or completely decentralized. According to NIGP, the most common scenario is a combination of the two. Over the years, I have seen the balance of centralization and decentralization vary greatly. After a central procurement office determines the right balance of centralization and decentralization, the next step is to figure out what they should be doing to best support their agency. While there is no “one size fits all” ...

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