Gov. Pat McCrory announced Friday that his administration has saved about $32 million on office supplies and other state contracts through an effort called the Procurement Transformation Project.
The savings result from a Department of Administration effort to merge contracts. So where each state department might have had a separate contract for printer paper, each agency and the community college system now get supplies through a single contract – leading to a better price.
“My administration is committed to bringing the best practices of the private sector to government,” McCrory said in a news release. “With these fundamental state contract reforms, we’ve turned ideas into action – saving North Carolina’s taxpayers tens of millions of dollars already with more to come.”
From 2013 through this year, about half of the savings – $14.9 million – was on office supplies and paper. The state projects savings of $11.6 million on maintenance supplies, $4.02 million on lab supplies and $1.35 million on food.
The McCrory administration expects to save more money as universities and local governments join the contracts.
“This program not only saves the public millions of dollars a year, it also improves vendor service to our state agencies and their many customers,” Administration Secretary Bill Daughtridge said in the release. “It’s not just cheaper, it’s better.”