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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


Procurement Risk Management

December 5, 2018

When your township goes out to bid for a new piece of equipment, document management software, or a paving project, does it have all its ducks in a row? Have you reviewed your procurement process to make sure it is not susceptible to corruption of any kind? Does it meet the “smell” test? If not, perhaps it’s time to sit down, take a good hard look at closing up any holes, and institute a proper risk management strategy to maintain your township’s integrity in the purchasing process.

Read the full article — The Authority magazine, December 2018.

How to Bid

June 4, 2018

When soliciting bids for various purchases, including asphalt and road equipment, townships have a variety of tools at their fingertips. From requests for proposals to invitations to bid, townships should know the ins and outs of the different types of solicitations they can use and leverage to get the best price, quality product, and professional service they’re looking for.

Read the full article — The Township News, May, 2018

The POWER Of E-Procurement

September 14, 2017

Townships that are still using manual procurement methods for all their purchasing may want to step out on a limb and try e-procurement.  This electronic way of managing bids and other aspects of purchasing can save your township time and money and help you maintain that all-important audit trail.

Read the full article — The Authority magazine, August, 2017

Procurement Best Practices (Pt 3)

August 15, 2017

In this edition, we wrap up our series on “Procurement Best Practices” by exploring a few more facets of the procurement process. Areas of opportunity for increased efficiency are highlighted, and then all topics in this series are brought together.

When these issues are dissected and reassembled holistically, they provide a strong basis for authorities and their design consultants to truly promote comprehensive procurement efficiency, risk management, and total project cost reduction.

Read the full article – The Authority magazine, June 2017