Procurement is the way governments (either federal, state, or local) purchase products or services from private vendors. These can be something tangible, such as a stoplight or street sweeper, or something intangible, such as consulting services or technology development.
The series of rules and regulations behind procurement were created to promote fairness, prevent unethical behavior, and ensure accountability. But over time, sometimes these policies could work against the very values they were put in place to preserve. The result is that procurement does not always facilitate governments to engage with new companies offering modern technology products and services, missing opportunities for cost savings and innovation.
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