Hi, Sterling. I consult with a lot of agencies on managing their contract spend and procurement practices, so i will throw in my two cents. you don’t offer a lot of detail about your situation so in general, successfully exercising control over contract growth requires:
- Requiring accurate and conforming information about what’s being provided, including supplier quality, timeliness, performance and price (just accepting that data is bad won’t change anything)
- A method to rank suppliers based on the criteria most important to the department.
- Flexible and focused strategies designed to deliver continual cost savings.
- Incentivizing supplier compliance to deparmental requirements to control costs