Procurement of goods and services plays a critical role in government and the Purchasing Division continues to assure fairness in the procurement process while continuing to provide the highest quality of products at the most economical price. During fiscal year 2014 the Purchasing Division undertook initiatives that will improve services to both our internal and external clients. This past year’s focus was on process improvements. The Division in collaboration with County Administration and all departments of the County established a Procurement Taskforce to review the current procurement processes to determine best practices in procuring goods and services for the County. Through this collaborative effort we were able to identify opportunities to streamline and improve processing times for purchases, create a more transparent procurement process, and create a team approach to procurement. Review the following links, as the reports have been developed by the various teams; some of the recommendations have been vetted and approved for implementation: RFP Process Improvement Report and Quote Process Report.
These are exciting times for Broward County!! As part of our commitment to accountability and transparency, the Purchasing Division enhanced the Procurement Milestones application. Through this application, our client agencies are able to track the status of their procurements in an effort to plan for their day-to-day operations. There is more to come for this application. As part of the Taskforce review, there are plans to further develop Procurement Milestones, by programming the application to agencies regarding specific milestones. This is a great management tool for the Division and our clients. If you have not received a copy of this report contact the Resource Center of the Purchasing Division to be added to the list.
As a result of the County’s strategic approach to fiscal responsibility, our local economy is gaining strength. Broward County businesses have been able to create more jobs and more residents are employed today than last year. Broward County businesses have been able to create more jobs and more residents are employed today than last year for the period of August 2013 through September 2014. As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate plummeted by 10.3%, from 5.8% to 4.5%. All of this does not occur by accident, but occurs because of the County’s commitment to reinvest the revenues collected from our taxpayers’ back into our community. In FY 14 the Board of County Commissioners approved the “Workforce Investment Program,” a program designed to assist the residents of the community in securing jobs that are being created from projects that are approved by the Board. Visit our website to read about the program.
Each year we report the financial data regarding our total dollars spent on goods and services for the County. During FY 2014 the total dollars awarded to vendors conducting business with Broward County was $607,948,936, in which 50.7% or $308,303,324 was awarded to vendors located within Broward County; 68.9% or $419,155,709 within the tri-county area (Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade); and $460,145,161 within the State of Florida. Of the total dollars spent, $43,953,795 or 7% was awarded to vendors who are certified in one of the County’s approved local small business and County business certification programs.
Our future looks prosperous as we continue to focus on the major projects that are in progress and others nearing completion. You are encouraged to view the Major Projects section of this report to see the list of projects that are underway.
In closing, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the Broward County Commission, the County Administrator and her entire team, and all of our great partners throughout the County for their support. Thank you to those who contributed to this report, and to my entire staff for their commitment, effort and dedication to providing excellent professional services to the County.
It is my distinct honor to present to you, the Purchasing Division Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014, as it illustrates, “Our Best. Nothing Less.” service to Broward County.
Brenda J. Billingsley, Director
View the Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report (PDF)
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