When counties make the headlines, it is sometimes due to actions that result from conflicts of interest in procurement, or the appearance of conflict. It is good practice to review the requirements in the Texas statutes related to conflict of interest and ensure that officials and employees of the county avoid violations of the statutes. According to Government Code 572.001, … [Read more...] about Conflicts of Interest in Procurement: These Could Make Headline News!
With the next legislative session only a few months away, we can expect to see further changes in laws impacting procurement which will require careful attention to detail. During the 85th Legislative Session in 2017, several laws passed that require special wording be included in specifications to keep the county in compliance with purchasing statutes. B. 9 – established … [Read more...] about Purchasing Statutes of Special Interest to Counties
Using cooperative purchasing contracts can save significant time and money for county governments. It is necessary for cooperatives to operate transparently, providing information for members. If the needed information is not posted, the cooperative should make the requested information available for members when requested. There are many cooperatives based in different … [Read more...] about Procurement-Is it Legal to use this Purchasing Cooperative?