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Procurement Planning


4.1 General. Planning is essential to managing the procurement function purchases, as well as future needs, to:

  • 4.1.1 Find patterns of procurement actions that could be performed more efficiently or economically;  
  • 4.1.2 Maximize competition and competitive pricing among contracts and decrease the Agency's procurement costs;  
  • 4.1.3 Reduce Agency administrative costs; 
  • 4.1.4 Ensure that supplies and services are obtained without any need for re-procurement (i.e., resolving bid protests); and  
  • 4.1.5 Minimize errors that occur when there is inadequate lead time. 

Consideration shall be given to storage, security, and handling requirements when planning the most appropriate purchasing actions.