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COVID Leads to GREATER USE OF TECHNOLOGY But MINIMAL IMPACT ON BIDDING PROCESS

April 7, 2021

We here at PennBID thought we’d examine township bidding data from the
last four years to see if COVID had a big impact on the bidding process,
number of contracts, or costs and share conclusions and any trends with
townships. While COVID had some impact on townships’ bidding habits,
we saw no great change to warrant concern, and in the process, we
concluded that townships sure are resilient, something PSATS and their
members already knew.

Read the full article — PA Township News, April 2021

The PennBid Program – Online Bid Management Made Easy

March 18, 2021

Electronic bid management, e-procurement, online bidding, and e-purchasing. By now, you’ve likely heard one or more of these terms. Often used interchangeably, they refer to the process of conducting competitive bidding electronically, via the internet, instead of the traditional way with paper and sealed envelopes.

Understandably, public agencies, including authorities, may be skeptical about a new(er) practice like electronic bidding since most have only done it one way – with paper – and understand the importance of adhering to procurement codes. Also, some may have concerns that electronic bidding will fundamentally change what they do, when in fact, it only changes how they do it.

Read the full article — The Authority magazine, February 2021

Using Bid Management Statistics to Give Your Authority an Edge

February 19, 2019

For all the readers who enjoy statistics, numbers, analytics, correlations, and charts, this article will be right up your alley. As managers of the PennBid Program, we have access to a mountain of data, and for some time, we’ve envisioned an article that organizes this information in a way that helps design professionals and authorities improve their bid management decisions.

Our data comes from roughly 7,500 Pennsylvania projects involving more than 31,000 sealed bids solicited over several years.

Read the full article — The Authority, February 2019.

 

Procurement Risk Management

January 4, 2019

Risk has been defined as “the possibility that something unpleasant or unwelcome will happen” and also as “a situation involving exposure to danger.”

Often, when municipal authorities think of the risk associated with their purchasing process, they have the impression that simply complying with the legal requirements will keep them safe. And while that may be true from a purely legal compliance standpoint, this belief only represents the beginning of implementing a strategy that truly minimizes your authority’s exposure.

Read the full article — The Authority, December 2018.