Public Procurement Process in Hawaii: A review

 

Public procurement involves the acquisition of goods, services or works from an external source. It is favorable that the goods, services or works are appropriate and that they are procured at the best possible cost to meet the needs of the purchaser in terms of quality, quantity as well as time . Corporations and public agencies often define processes intended to promote fair and open competition for their business while minimizing exposure to fraud and collusion.

One of the weakest areas in the public procurement process in some states is the lack of prohibitions against no-bid contracts and weak enforcement of related laws. In this regard, Hawaii State scored very low according to the State Integrity Investigation. More information

Hawaii got a B+ , or 88 percent score for procurement. Hawaii was ranked in the 12th place with four other states: Rhode Island, California, Indiana and Tennessee. Iowa made first place and Maryland came last.

State of Hawaii made 100% for having laws addressing conflict of interest and competitive bidding. When it comes to the very important area of prohibitions against sole sourcing or no-bid contracts, Hawaii State scored an embarrassing  zero percent.

The bottom line is that there are existing laws that encourages competitive bidding and discourages no-bid contracts but the implementation does not always match what the law says. These are the areas that need improvement so that small businesses are encouraged to competitively participate in the public procurement process. Procurement Resources

 

Written By: Anthony Obiako, Reliable Investments LLC

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