DATE: March 4, 2014
CONTACT: Brenda Billingsley, Director
Broward County Purchasing
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - During March, the Broward County Purchasing Division joins other professional associations participating in Purchasing Month, taking advantage of the national observance to inform the local community about the important role that the municipal purchasing profession plays by producing transparency and saving taxpayer money.
Throughout the month, residents, vendors and potential vendors are encouraged to visit an informative display in the lobby of the Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. The display describes the County's Purchasing Division business practices, including transparency, professionalism and objectivity; showcases staff members and recent awards received by the Division; and provides helpful information for vendors seeking to do business with Broward County.
"The level of service provided by Broward County's Purchasing Division continues to move at a dynamic pace," said Brenda Billingsley, Broward County Director of Purchasing. "With the changing times and economic challenges facing the County, we have maintained the highest level of professionalism, efficiency and fiscal responsibility in procurement practices and service to all the operational agencies of Broward County and the residents we serve."
The Purchasing Division has earned the distinction of winning the Best Practices in Public Procurement for Cost Savings for Innovations in Technology and Web Design from the Florida Association of Public Purchasing Officers for "RLI/RFP Supporting Documents Repository." Only three best practices are awarded each year.
Last year, the Purchasing Division was recognized as one of only 13 agencies in Florida to receive the Award of Excellence in Public Procurement and Best Practices from the Florida Association of Public Purchasing Officers for outstanding achievement in procurement for innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership. Additional highlights from the Broward County Purchasing Division during Fiscal Year 2013 include:
• Procurement awards processed totaled $663,922,700 with 78 percent ($518,859,582) awarded to Florida vendors, of which 41.5 percent ($275,150,233) was awarded to Broward County vendors. In addition, during the course of this past year staff initiatives achieved cost savings totaling $7,655,868.
• Conducted monthly workshops in conjunction with the Office of Economic and Small Business Development on how to do business with Broward County. The workshops afforded an interactive environment for purchasing agents and small business owners to share information.
• Seventy-seven percent of Purchasing Division agents now hold national certification as Professional Public Buyers or Officers through the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing. Additionally, five purchasing agents attained state certification as Florida Certified Contract Negotiators.
"Purchasing Month gives us a special opportunity to call attention to our values and our record of performance, but our commitment to transparency, accessibility and quality in government purchasing is year-round," said Billingsley, "and our staff is dedicated to a level of service every day that is Our Best. Nothing Less, reflecting the County's commitment to great customer service."
The Broward County Purchasing Division is a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. (NIGP), which originated the Purchasing Month observance in March more than 20 years ago. The Broward County Purchasing Division has a staff of 52 and operates with a budget of more than $4.6 million.
About Broward County Purchasing Division
The Broward County Purchasing Division is responsible for the procurement of commodities, general services, construction and professional services and disposition of surplus goods. In order to do business with Broward County, firms must be registered with the Purchasing Division. Access to general information and vendor registration, posted quote and bids, and public surplus is available at Broward.org/Purchasing.