Procurement serves an important role in ensuring that government is a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars. However, in municipalities across the U.S. the current competitive bid process often creates challenges for innovation such as complex technical specifications and RFPs, lengthy procurement timelines, and a focus on compliance and transaction-oriented issues rather than performance.
One key policy innovation we’ve developed is the “RFP Bus.” Most RFPs today are like a single-driver car–inefficient and resource intensive. Combining RFPs with common traits into a joint RFP spreads out process costs. That’s why we’ve designed the STIR application process as one, simple RFP where vendors can respond to one or more of the challenges outlined by the Departments.