Michael Keating

Senior Editor,
GPN/Government Product News

Michael Keating is senior editor for Government Product News and a contributing editor for American City and County, both published by Penton Media. View Part 3 of his 2017 government budget and spending forecast.

Michael has written articles on the government market for more than 100 publications, including USA Today, ThomasNet's Industry Market Trends, Sanitary Maintenance, IndustryWeek, and the Costco Connection. He has a master's in library science from Kent State University, and has won more than 20 national, regional, and state journalism awards.


How to stay productive with smaller procurement staffs
Automation, increased use of cooperative purchasing may help ease labor shortages among smaller procurement staffs.
Governments are relying on fewer public purchasing managers
Public agencies are stepping up recruiting to keep the buying process flowing smoothly.
Filling the gap as retirees head for the exits
Cooperative contracts and new technology may help pick up the slack for governments as workers continue to retire.
Public buyers adapting to accelerated government spending
Public purchasers must closely scrutinize cooperative procurement opportunities.
Co-ops can provide small agencies with expertise and transparency
National cooperatives often use larger agencies as a lead agency, providing a more comprehensive approach, especially when working on a more complicated contract like IT solutions.
Top management must give the purchasing team the tools they need
Strategic sourcing and cooperative procurement are key best practices, says Steve Gordon, former director of procurement in the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn., and Alexandria, Va.
Amazon Business provides tools to help organizations overcome purchasing challenges
The Kirkland, Wash., procurement department utilizes the Amazon Business marketplace through Prince William County Public School’s contract with Amazon Business.
Buying strategies the public sector should adopt
Public procurement veteran Steve Gordon discusses the future of cooperative purchasing and more.
How cooperative contracts can overcome procurement challenges
Kirkland, Wash., a city of almost 88,000 on the eastern shores of Lake Washington, often relies on cooperative agreements, says its purchasing agent, Greg Piland.
Pets get fast heat relief at New Jersey shelter
When the air conditioning broke down at an Ocean City, N.J., animal shelter this past July, a U.S. Communities cooperative agreement helped expedite installation of rented A/C units so a variety of stray pets stayed comfortable.
Public procurement workforces are shrinking, but help is on the way
Bryan Eaves of Sourcing Business Solutions says technology can help public procurement teams become more efficient.
Arizona procurement resources help lay groundwork for cooperative purchases
Cooperative purchasing guideline and questionnaire can aid public buyers everywhere.
More government workers are using standing desks at the office (with related video)
Look for more government staffers to rely on standing desks in the future, says Jason McCann, VARIDESK CEO.
Coops can be useful tools for IT buys
Wyoming's Brett Adams-Case says cooperative contracts can aid lean and smaller public purchasing groups when buying technology.
Fighting Zika by trapping and killing mosquitos
DynaTrap has helped Miami reduce its mosquito population in the wake of the Zika virus's spread.
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