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Fair Procurement


The process by which an agency acquires goods and services presents an opportunity for fairness and transparency.

Moreover, the theory is that open, competitive and transparent procurement processes produce the best deal for the agency and those the agency serves.



Let’s Make a Deal: Securing Goods and Services For Your Agency

This article analyzes the ethical issues underpinning public agency procurement processes.


Why Fair Procurement Matters

This 2012 Department of Defense report chronicles a series of “worst practices” of ethical lapses, many involving the procurement process–a helpful reminder of what can go wrong if procurement ethics doesn’t receive attention by agency leaders.  


Sample Procurement Ethics Advisory Materials for Vendors

A number of public agencies have developed resources to assist their employees and those that do business with the agency (or want to do business with the agency) understand the special importance of a fair procurement process.


Sample Procurement Policy

Ontario’s Ministry of Finance has adopted a procurement policy that serves as a handy checklist for reviewing an agency’s own procurement policies and practices. 

The policy’s stated purpose is to ensure that publicly funded goods and services, including construction, consulting services, and information technology are acquired through a process that is open, fair, and transparent.

 The policy covers such issues as:

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