FIU’s Public Administration Faculty receives grant for public procurement research project

The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) awarded a grant to support a research project entitled Public Procurement Salary Benchmarking and Employee Turnover Analysis. Dr. Mohamad G. Alkadry and Dr. Susannah Bruns Ali collaborating and will lead the research.

In 2002, NIGP started a salary benchmarking study which was conducted once every two years. The study resulted in 5 benchmarking reports that were produced between 2002 and 2011. The benchmarking study has not been produced since then. The research plans to resume conducting the salary benchmarking study. In addition, the project will also focus on retention and turnover issues among procurement officials.

Drs. Alkadry and Ali are seasoned Human Resources researchers who have strong track records in conducting research on salaries and turnover intent or retention. The project includes a survey of 3,000 public procurement agencies and another survey of over 10,000 procurement professionals. The results of this research will be very useful to procurement management and staff across the country as they plan their future recruitment and/or retention policies. The research will also contribute in a scholarly way to the literature on salary determinants and on retention.

In addition, the research will complement the Department’s new Graduate Certificate offering in the area of Public Finance, Procurement and Contract Management. For more information about the Graduate Certificate visit