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We are excited to convene another meeting of the Public Procurement Leaders Exchange! The focus of this meeting and discussion will be Barriers to Entry in Government Markets. Hope you can join us with your peer procurement leaders from across federal/state/local governments. Please see the details below.

Barriers to Entry Study Findings and Discussion

Companies, large or small, new to government or traditional contractors, all face some type of barriers in working with government agencies (federal/state or local).  To better understand the specific barriers and potential solutions, Public Spend Forum worked with the NC State University’s Supply Chain Resource Center to launch a Barriers to Entry in Government Markets global study and survey.

The goal of this LX meeting will be to:

  • Share initial findings in anticipation of the full report and discuss which challenges suppliers identified as key barriers to entry.
  • Panel and open discussion on insights provided by public agency leaders, on how to improve practices to better identify and work with innovative suppliers.

We will be joined by Iris Cooper, Assistant Secretary for Office of Procurement, Contracts and Grants at the NC Department of Health and Human Services; and Chris Benson, Acquisitions Officer, U.S. Air Force.

The meeting will be held via Zoom to encourage a larger, cross-geographic, and cross-functional dialogue, where you will be able to engage with leaders as well as participate in active discussions.

About the Leaders Exchange

The Public Procurement Leaders Exchange is a global initiative for public procurement and acquisition community leaders. Through the Leaders Exchange, Public Spend Forum is working actively with partners including Michigan State University, World Bank, and faculty from various universities including Harvard Kennedy School of Government, North Carolina State, and more.

Our goal is simple: provide a forum for leaders across federal, state, local governments as well as internationally to connect, exchange, and learn public procurement best practices that can be applied within your organizations.



Iris Cooper
Office of Procurement, Contracts and Grants, NC Department of Health and Human Services
Assistant Secretary
Chris Benson
U.S. Air Force
Acquisitions Officer
Raj Sharma
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