Competitive bid opportunities may be down, but strategic spending through cooperative purchasing agreements is on the rise. According to a recent procurement market analysis on strategic spending, government SLED (state, local and education) opportunities for vendors remained relatively flat in 2014. This study was performed by Onvia, a government data analytics firm. Bid activity and requests for proposals were up 0.2 percent for the entire year, but the last three of the four quarters ...

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