Monday, November 26, 2012

Best Practices in Consultant Selection

I will be speaking in New Orleans on November 27, 2012 on "Best Practices in Consultant Selection" as part of a breakfast meeting sponsored by the independent Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR).

Unusual approach to selection:  BGR issued a report in May 2012 on "Reforming Jefferson Parish's Unusual Approach to Service Contracting."  According to BGR, elected parish councilmembers are given wide discretion to select any firm they want, notwithstanding the scoring and ranking based on established evaluation criteria and weightings.  The criticism of Jefferson Parish's contracting practices is that it politicizes the selection process and leads to selection of less than qualified firms.  Transparency in public contracting also suffers.  Click here for a June 24, 2012 blog entry I wrote with more details about BGR's report.

Important principles and practices:  I will be addressing key principles and practices that should guide selection of consultants and service providers. 
  • Key Principles
  • Transparency
  • Independence
  • Opportunity
  • Best Practices
  • Evaluation Criteria
  • Evaluation Committee
  • Evaluating Submittals
Click here for the announcement about BGR's breakfast briefing on November 27, 2012.

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