Message from the Director of Purchasing
Our nation is slowly recovering from one of the most difficult economic situations it has encountered. Locally, Broward County is leading these recovery efforts by investing in its capital improvement program. Major capital outlay projects, involving the airport expansion program, construction of a new courthouse, and improvements to the County’s infrastructure, such as its water and sewer systems paved the way for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 becoming an historic and unforgettable year for the County. For the first time, we surpassed the $1 billion mark in contract awards.
During FY 2012, the total contract dollars awarded to vendors conducting business with Broward County was $1,145,793,373, in which 58.3% or $667,757,515 was awarded to vendors located within the County; 87.4% or $1,001,080,215 within the tri-county area (Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade); and 90.2% or $1,033,949,789 within the State of Florida. The previous figures demonstrate the vital role Broward County plays in stimulating our local, regional, and state’s economy. Programming capital and general fund dollars have a direct and indirect positive impact on our economy and on the number of jobs created. As of September 2012, the Broward County unemployment rate decreased to 7.6% from 9.3% over the same period last year.
It is my pleasure to present to you, the Purchasing Division Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2012. The Annual Report contains extensive data and comprehensive information regarding the services provided by the Purchasing Division. Overall, the Annual Report will support the fact that our team not only processed approximately 5,000 more transactions this fiscal year over last fiscal year, but also carried out a procurement program where contract dollars awarded were twice the previous fiscal year, as well as, the two previous fiscal years (FY 2010 and FY 2011) combined. Despite the aggressive procurement demands experienced by staff based upon the amount of procurement activities, processes and timelines imposed, our performance met those challenges!
The Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey supports “Our Best. Nothing Less.” customer service commitment. The Purchasing Division achieved an overall rating of 4.12, out of a possible rating of 5. These and other Division’s achievements, recognition, awards, business intelligence, performance, and benchmarking, including organizational structure, responsibilities, and focus are included in this report.
In closing, this would not be possible without the support of the Broward County Commission, County Administration, and all of our great partners throughout the County. I am grateful to those who contributed to this report, and to my entire staff for their relentless effort and dedication in providing “Their Best. Nothing Less service to Broward County”.
Brenda J. Billingsley, Director
View the Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Report (PDF)
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