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Followed by training sessions for procurement professionals and local businesses to increase participation of New Mexico businesses

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – State Auditor Tim Keller will release a Statewide Procurement Report covering both state and local government contracting. The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) reviewed over 6,000 government contracts totaling over $6.5 billion to analyze trends in purchasing dollars flowing out of state. This is the first report that provides a snapshot to the public and policymakers of in-state and out-of-state purchasing by state agencies and over 400 municipalities, counties, and school districts.

Awarding more government contracts to local businesses would create local jobs and strengthen local economies. Many of the contracts to out-of-state firms were non-competitive “sole source” purchases, never giving local firms a shot. The presentation of the report will be followed by networking and training opportunities for procurement professionals and local businesses.

WHAT: Presentation of the Statewide Procurement Report followed by networking and training sessions for procurement professionals and local businesses

WHO: State Auditor Tim Keller; Sarita Nair, Chief Government Accountability Officer and General Counsel, OSA; David Chavez, Executive Director, Cooperative Educational Services; Anna Martinez, Director, Corrections Industries Division; Anna Silva, Strategic Sourcing Bureau Chief, General Services Department; Rennette Apodaca, Executive Director, Albuquerque Public Schools; Antonio Medina, Director of Budget and Finance, OSA.

WHEN: Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. The presentation of the report will begin at 9:00 am followed by networking and breakout training sessions from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

WHERE: CNM Main Campus, 900 University Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM in Room 213 of the North Building.
Space is limited. Please RSVP to justine.freeman@osa.state.nm.us. The full report will be available at https://www.saonm.org.

The Office of the State Auditor helps government work better by providing transparency and accountability for government spending; informing policy choices; and tackling fraud, waste and abuse. OSA is an independently elected executive agency responsible for examining the use of public dollars in New Mexico.

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