Improving Public Perceptions by Instilling Objectivity in Decisions to Waive Procurement Regulations

Report Number: NPS-AM-06-067

Series: Contract Management

Category: Procurement

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: Kenyon Potter

Title: Improving Public Perceptions by Instilling Objectivity in Decisions to Waive Procurement Regulations

Published: 2006-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2006/NPS-AM-06-067.pdf

Keywords: Public Perceptions, Objectivity in Decisions to Waive Procurement Regulations

Abstract:

The general public often perceives the government to be bureaucratic. One reason is that the public perceives that the government too rigidly enforces laws and regulations or that favoritism or bias influences decisions to make exceptions or waivers of rules. Although observed in various contexts, such perception is particularly evident in government contracting and procurement. This perception can erode the public confidence in government; thus, improving the public