Thursday, June 3, 2010

Agencies Shift to Electronic Rosters

More and more public agencies are making the decision to shift their consultant, contractor, and vendor rosters to web-based rosters, abandoning hard copies of the files.  

There are many benefits for both the business community and for public agencies.  Electronic rosters allow agencies to search for businesses more effectively than with hard copies, and may open up business opportunities to firms that otherwise would not be known to government agency staff.

There is also a trend for public agencies to create common rosters used by many agencies.  This represents a good use of technology by reducing the level of effort required for businesses to be listed on rosters for multiple agencies.

In Washington State, there are two major electronic rosters with multiple agencies, each with strengths and weaknesses:
The University of Washington's Capital Projects Office recently signed an agreement to join the eCityGov Alliance's Shared Procurement Portal for the selection of architectural, engineering, and related consultant services.    

Click here to read an article in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce about the UW's use of the new roster.

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