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    Does your agency, city, state or program have some serious challenges and need some help?

    Have you tried to sort out the problem with your team or unit and don’t seem to be making any progress?

    Well, fret no more: help is on the way!

    GovLoop is launching a new series called GovHelp where we invite you to share your most vexing challenges, then pitch those problems to your colleagues up and down and around government to get diverse feedback and insight.

    Here’s how it works:

    1 – Share your challenge below. Make it compelling and give enough detail that we get a solid sense of the issues at hand and the stakes of failure. NOTE: If you aren’t comfortable sharing it below and would like to submit more anonymously, email it to [email protected]

    2 – We’ll pick and post one challenge each week. We’ll post it under the GovHelp series, feature it in our newsletter, post it on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and spread the word as far and wide as possible to get a variety of responses.

    3 – Do something with it! We’d love to have you take this input back to your team and see if it can be applied to create an innovative solution. When it creates positive impact, come back and let us know about it. We’ll make it into a case study and share it with others so that they can achieve similar success.

    If you have other ideas and suggestions for GovHelp, we’re open to them.

    We’re here to help…GovHelp, that is.

    By the way, if you’re looking for a couple examples, check out these three forums where we tested the concept. They’re pretty general, so feel free to get even more specific to your situation:

    Help TSA Out of This Mess!

    Stop Complaining About Your Local DMV!

    Don’t Let the US Postal Service Die!

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    Candace Riddle

    Sustainable Procurement Research.

    We are setting out to launch some research in the field of sustainable procurement/ acquisitions. Small cells of “green” purchasing programs have popped up around the country. However, when we say “sustainable” we mean purchasing goods and services in a way that takes into account the social, economic, and environmental aspects. These include things like life-cycle costing, local sourcing (supporting the local economy), etc.

    The first questions that we really need answers to are:

    What do you think of when you hear “sustainable”? Do you currently have a “sustainable” purchasing/ acquisition program? If so, does it incorporate all aspects of “sustainable” purchasing (economic, social, and environmental)? If not, what is stopping your organization/ agency from having one?

    Your assistance in answering the above questions, will help us to gain insight into the state of public purchasing, and form the basis for further research. Thank you in advance for your help.

    Here are a few links to some recent articles that showcase the true meaning of “sustainable purchasing” .

    Worldwatch 2010 – Kevin Morgan & Roberta Sonnino – Rethinking School Food: The Power of the Public Plate

    State of the World Project Director Erik Assadourian launches the report at the State of the World Symposium in Washington.

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