Privatization in Practice: Case Studies of Contracting for TANF Case Management. Ensuring a Fair and Effective Procurement Process

03/01/2003

A well-designed procurement process provides sufficient information to encourage qualified providers to bid, gives public agencies a clear picture of potential contractors capabilities, and includes safeguards to ensure that the agency is  and is seen as  unbiased in its selection. Most procurements include three basic steps: developing a request for proposals (RFP), soliciting potential bidders, and evaluating proposals to make awards. Agencies often are subject to outside regulations governing the way they conduct procurements. In addition to adhering to these rules, administrators in several study sites have tailored the process to address specific concerns  such as improving the quality of proposals  and increase the likelihood that the selection will proceed fairly and yield effective providers.

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