Position Paper: Procurement Authority in Public Entities

Procurement authority is a fundamental concept in the public sector and in the administration of government. It is extremely important for governments to spend taxpayer dollars responsibly, protected from undue influence and in the best interest of the communities they serve. Government can achieve these goals by following public procurement policies, which are best accomplished by delegating procurement authority to a Chief Procurement Officer who is accountable to a governing body or chief executive. This paper explores what a public authority is, why it's important, and who should hold the position of public authority. It will also make a case for delegating procurement authority to the Chief Procurement Officer. It demonstrates that, by remaining impartial and transparent, the Chief Procurement Officer can help ensure that public funds are awarded to serve the best interest of the public at large and in full compliance of public policy and law.