IT Procurement & The City of Chicago

Procurement-- the process through which a unit of government purchases goods and services-- is a hot topic in open government. For our next meetup, we'll cover the issue head-on with three of the most relevant officials from the City of Chicago.

Brenna Berman, Chief Information Officer and Commissioner of the Department of Innovation and Technology, James McIsaac,  General Counsel for the Department of Procurement Services, and Kate Yager, Deputy Chief of Policy in the Mayor's Office will present. 

They will review the current process, answer questions, and gather information from OpenGovChicago members on how the process can be changed to better interface with the developers and residents who seek to have an impact on City technology. 


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  • Christopher S. R.

    Hi All, I wanted to post in discussions but it's closed; @Joe @Dan please move this to discussions if you like it; pertains to a lot of our discussions, maybe a great topic for a meetup! http://www.govloop.com/profiles/blogs/311-is-only-the-beginning-gis-for-state-and-local

    March 4, 2014

  • Hugh D.

    Late-arriving anonymous question from the internet for the Commissioner:
    Q: On Sunday, will you be joining your boss in jumping in Lake Michigan?
    Follow-up: If not, why do you hate the Special Olympics?

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • don c.

    @SmartChicago will be live streaming the @OpenGovChicago Meetup about IT procurement & the City of Chicago http://www.smartchicagocollaborative.org/liveprocurement/ … Should also be an archive version
    (Would have posted earlier but meetup.com continuing outages today)...

    February 27, 2014

  • Audrey H.

    Dealing with a crisis. Sorry to miss this. Next time.

    February 27, 2014

  • Peter K.

    Sorry I can't make it this evening due to a head cold.
    ...sounds like this is to be an exciting an informative evening.

    February 26, 2014

  • cjoh

    I think I'm going to tune in for the procurement conversation. Excited that you guys are having it. Because procurement is a complicated and nuanced field, a lot of people are intimidated by it. They just know it sucks, but they're not quite sure what sucks, or where to start. There are things that suck, and they ought to be improved upon. Here's a framework of questions to start asking that'll get you towards a constructive conversation around these issues: https://hackpad.com/Procurment-Reform-Questions-2NQBDKKgVUc

    February 26, 2014

  • G G.

    Don't want to spread this cold. And I don't mean air temp. See you next time.

    February 26, 2014

  • Paul B.

    Would like to attend, but am giving a presentation elsewhere.

    February 24, 2014

  • Karl F.

    Derek, that is an excellent post; thanks for writing it. If anyone asks "What is this focus on procurement all about?" I'm just going to point them to that post.

    February 21, 2014

  • Derek E.

    In preparation for this meetup, I wrote up my thoughts and experiences with the City of Chicago procurement process: http://datamade.us/blog/procurement-and-civic-innovation/

    February 21, 2014

    • Martin O.

      Derek, I am trying to bring PCB manufacturing BACK to Chicago, and getting any SUBSTANTIVE response out of City Hall regarding this EMBARASSES Chicago. I have a growing list of entities interested in what www.WindyCitySDR.com is doing, including Intel Corporation, and this place, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland | The United States Army
      www.ftmeade.army.mil/‎­
      Fort George G. Meade
      The official homepage of Fort George G. Meade, Md., the nation's preeminent center for information, intelligence and cyber.

      February 21, 2014

  • Lola C.

    Please also discuss how to report vendors who are not doing the job the city pays them to do. We participated in that before and hopefully saved the city alot of $$ regarding WEED CUTTERS. Learning how to be a city vendor is good. It is also a Civic Duty to report waste and fraud.

    2 · February 11, 2014

    • Martin O.

      Lola, same old same old people deleting comments. Give me a call if you'd like regarding PCB manufacturing. Whether or not I do this within Chicago is another story

      February 18, 2014

  • Miranda M.

    Sadsies. I am going to miss this one too. Miss you guys!

    February 11, 2014

  • Karl F.

    Awesome that you're doing this; I'll be there with bells on. (Please don't take that literally.)

    February 11, 2014

  • Adam R.

    Excited to attend

    February 11, 2014

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