In February, Governing released a report ranking 39 states based on their procurement policies. They were ranked in 10 categories, including their use of technology, how they engage with vendors and how effectively central procurement offices work with agencies.

Six states stood out as top performers: Georgia in the lead, followed by Virginia, Minnesota, Utah, and, tied for 5th place, Massachusetts and Ohio.

Why did Georgia stand out when it came to implementing effective procurement policies? Read more here in Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene’s interview with the deputy commissioner of the Georgia procurement office, Lisa Eason.

Where did Oregon rank, and what are its strengths? Read the original report by Liz Farmer here, or consult the graphic below: