The Need for Better Stewardship over the Money Government Spends | Governing.com
When a water main breaks in your town, what does the local government do? Other than responding to the break with the appropriate emergency services, the municipality works to replace the broken main. Companies are asked to bid for the job based on the cost of pipes, other materials and labor. Officials then award a contract that delivers the best work for the best price.
That’s the way procurement is supposed to work. However, this isn’t always the case, and too often the real culprit is poor oversight by elected officials.