Audits & Monitoring - Page 2

  • Keeping faith with tenets of the ‘sealed bid’

    Claiming “transparency” – an investment in openness and accountability – is popular these days but nowhere is it more essential to public agencies than in the federal requirements for “sealed bids.”

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  • Bidding: The fair, the unfair, and the low down

    Federal regulations stipulate the procedures to be utilized when procuring with competitive bids. They are straightforward and conceptually simple but they must be carefully followed lest the purchasing agent be subject to legal challenges.

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  • Requirements and procedures for making small purchases

    All purchasing arrangements are subject to federal regulations as well as local policy guidelines. Even through smaller purchases have simpler rules they still must be followed to maintain fairness and avoid audit exceptions.

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  • Ensure prudent purchasing by following procurement standards

    The numerous stipulations laid out in federal regulations for general purchasing provide admonitions that are ethical, economical and, believe it or not, practical. Use them as procedural guides for decision-making and spending.   

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  • The trap of underrepresentation

    Although federal monitoring for disproportionality applies only to overrepresentation of ethnicities, underrepresentation can also be indicative of systemic flaws, especially in regard to procedures for identification and equal access to services.

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