State Welcomes South Korean Dignitaries

By: Florida Department of Management Services Release Email
By: Florida Department of Management Services Release Email

Tallahassee, Florida- September 10, 2012

Officials from the Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) welcomed government procurement officials from the Republic of South Korea today to share ideas about public procurement processes and technology and to compare purchasing policies and practices with South Korea.

The delegation included representatives from South Korea’s ministries of Public Administration and Security, Strategy and Finance, and Knowledge Economy and from the Public Procurement Service of Korea (PPS), Korea's central procuring agency. Previous representatives of the PPS visited DMS in November of 2011 and shared an overview of the PPS, which is similar to the U.S. General Services Administration, with DMS staff.

DMS staff demonstrated Florida’s eProcurement system, MyFloridaMarketPlace, for the delegates, and the state’s Information Technology procurement process. Byeong Chul Im of the PPS will be staying on with the agency for several months to learn about performance-based contracting for the procurement of services, in addition to overall government contracting. Im is currently at FSU studying under a Korean government employee development program and will focus his graduate research on procurement while at DMS starting this December.

The DMS Division of State Purchasing recently initiated its Procurement Process Improvement Project (PPIP), a multi-phase, cross-functional, and collaborative project to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Florida’s State Purchasing Division based on a seven-stage sourcing methodology. The primary goal of the PPIP is to standardize the state government procurement process to create efficiencies and foster better understanding of how Florida’s government buys goods and services. State Term Contracts and State Purchasing Agreements awarded by the Division of State Purchasing account for more than $1 billion in purchases annually.

“The process of procurement is an enormous responsibility,” said DMS Agency Secretary Craig Nichols. “Sharing our successes and best practices is just as important as exploring the successes and best practices of our international counterparts.”

Low-resolution photos of today’s visit are attached. High-resolution photos are available online here. For more information, call the Department of Management Services’ Communications Office at (850) 921-5266.

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