The economic response of the US government to the COVID-19 pandemic envisions massive investment in infrastructure construction. Yet, governments contract out public works and might lack the capacity to meet the increased demand for new construction. Drawing on a mix of survey and interview data, we identify critical deficiencies in contract capacity that might lead to a loss of public resources and further erode trust in the government. We propose a plan for restructuring public procurement systems and offer solutions around four foci: collaboration, training, flexibility, and sustainability. This transformation path would enhance government contract capacity and use markets to signal a demand for sustainable infrastructure and create public value in line with the strategic objectives of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.
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Patrucco, Andrea S.; Dimand, Ana-Maria; Neshkova, Milena I.; and Cevallos, Madison M.. (2023). "How Can Procurement Create (Sustainable) Public Value Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal?". Public Administration Review, 83(4), 960-973. https://doi.org/10.1111/puar.13575