DeKalb CEO Strengthens Purchasing and Contract Oversight

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Friday, April 12th, 2019

DeKalb County has taken another step to improve transparency in the county’s procurement process by hiring two contract compliance officers.

“The contract compliance officers will ensure that DeKalb County funds are being spent effectively, efficiently, and responsibly,” said DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond. “DeKalb is committed to ensuring that the county’s procurement process achieves the highest standards of accountability and transparency while complying with all legal requirements.”

Prior to the bid award process, contract compliance officers will review solicitations that meet a specified dollar threshold to ensure compliance with county, state and federal procurement policies and procedures.

Additionally, the contract compliance officers will conduct a thorough review of current contracting and purchasing policies and procedures to ensure that best practices are being administered. Specific responsibilities include:

Analyzing submitted bids to ensure that they are balanced and reasonable

Reviewing the evaluation of bid protests to ensure best practices are followed

Recommending updates to policy and checklists for procurement staff

The contract compliance officers will report to the CEO who will share findings with the Board of Commissioners and the general public as needed.

Since January 2017, CEO Thurmond has focused on restoring trust and accountability in county government. Major accomplishments include eliminating deficit spending, establishing a balanced budget and fund balance, and reconciling all county spending accounts to properly document all departmental expenditures.