One of the most important innovations in government in recent years emerged from one of the most mundane aspects of public administration: the procurement of goods and services. Changes in the standard models of public procurement have transformed Western liberal democracies in the last generation by introducing public and private partnerships (PPP) that have brought governments new sources of funding and expertise. These partnerships are the cornerstone of the contract state.
The contract state first emerged when governments, eager to reduce or defer borrowing requirements for infrastructure projects, forged partnerships with private-sector players to build toll roads, ports, transit systems, and other complex, big-ticket projects. Under these arrangements, the private-sector partner was assigned a long-term flow of funds (sometimes from users, often directly from taxpayers)—as well as the risk. To make the arrangement attractive to private investors, governments often agreed to tax breaks and guaranteed annual revenues or taxpayer subsidies. Now the contract state has evolved to another level, with partnerships formed for the delivery of social and human services, though in this instance the partner is usually a not-for-profit (NFP) organization.
We are a leader in governance and its particular challenges in emerging markets, having unique experience in navigating the relationships between public and private partnerships, and serving as fluent interpreters in complex environments. Each year we organize and co-host a preeminent gathering at Oxford University, bringing together senior government officials, members of the not-for-profit community, academics, foundations, social entrepreneurs and the private sector to discuss, and take steps toward solving, some of the greatest challenges facing the public sector.
We assists clients with the full life-cycle of Government procurement issues, starting with the review and consideration of government solicitations and continuing through contract, performance, claims, disputes, and terminations. We are familiar with virtually every aspect of doing business with the Federal government, as well as State and local governmental entities. Our government contracts professionals offer broad-based agency experience, specific industry knowledge, and outstanding counseling proficiency to help clients navigate the maze of statutes, regulations and contractual provisions involved in government contracting.
We support owners planning mega projects by developing business cases aligned with their long-term strategic objectives, by ensuring rapid and effective decision making through our proprietary tools, and by performing key analyses to monitor the progress, economics, and risk associated with projects. more