National Task Force to Improve Government-Nonprofit Contracting Practices Begins Work

National Task Force to Improve Government-Nonprofit Contracting Practices Begins Work

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Washington, DC – Government officials and nonprofit leaders are coming together to identify and promote solutions to broken contracting systems.

As part of an ongoing initiative led by the National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits), the new National Government-Nonprofit Contracting Reform Task Force is identifying and promoting proven solutions that streamline contracting policies, improve outcomes, and save taxpayers money, all while maintaining or even increasing accountability.

Demonstrating the collaborative nature of the Task Force and the partnership necessary between governments and nonprofits to deliver results, the Task Force will be co-chaired by Fran Barrett, InterAgency Coordinator for Not-for-Profit Services in the New York Governor’s Office, and Barry Silverberg, President & CEO of the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations (TANO).

“The National Government-Nonprofit Contracting Reform Task Force brings together recognized experts with hands-on experience in government-nonprofit contracting,” said Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits. “Governments and nonprofits recognize that the antiquated contracting ‘system’ is so broken that it has become a nationwide problem hurting taxpayers and the public. So we recruited Task Force members from government and nonprofits, each region of the country, and red and blue states to enable the experts to identify, exchange, and disseminate policies and practices that result in real systems improvements to best serve our communities.”

“In New York, we have recognized that the current contracting system imposes costly and burdensome challenges, so we have launched efforts to streamline processes that will save taxpayers money and allow nonprofits to focus more time on delivering results, rather than paperwork,” said Fran Barrett. “I look forward to working with my colleagues across the country to find and share more solutions to make this process more efficient nationwide.”

“Here in Texas, as a first step, government and nonprofits have been focusing on building relationships with each other so we can truly work in partnership to better serve our communities by improving contracting systems,” said Barry Silverberg. “I think that is where reform efforts need to start. I am eager to share what we’ve learned so far and to learn from the collective wisdom of others on the Task Force who have been seeking to improve their human services contracting systems as well."

The first meeting of the new Task Force will be held in Chicago at the end of June. Additional information on the Task Force and the Government-Nonprofit Contracting project can be found at


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Task Force Members

  • Fran Barrett, co-chair, InterAgency Coordinator for Not-for-Profit Services, New York Governor's Office
  • Barry Silverberg, co-chair, President & CEO, Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations (TANO)
  • Henry Bogdan, Managing Director, Public Policy and Advocacy, Maryland Nonprofits
  • Walter Davenport, Consultant/Corporate Director, Walter C. Davenport, CPA
  • Susan Dreyfus, President & CEO, Alliance for Children and Families
  • Matthew Hammoudeh, Assistant Secretary of Operations, Illinois Department of Health and Human Services
  • Jack Jackson, Senior Vice President for Finance/CFO, Catholic Charities USA
  • Tracy Kahlo, Executive Director, Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment (PAVE)
  • Maggie McConnell, Assistant General Counsel for Business Services, Maricopa County Community College District
  • Naomi Munzner, Director, Office of Grants Management, Minnesota Department of Administration
  • Walter Sachs, Inspector General, Department of Management Services, Florida Department of Management Services
  • Michael Weekes, President & CEO, Providers' Council
  • Dace West, Director, Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships
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