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July 14, 2015

NEW YORK – Global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) announced that its acclaimed Public Sector Practice has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide innovative consulting services through U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance, the leading national cooperative purchasing program. A&M was awarded the contract based on demonstrated success delivering operational solutions in government, education and not for profit organizations, as determined in a competitive solicitation and thorough evaluation conducted by Fairfax County, Va., the lead public agency.  

This contract reflects U.S. Communities’ commitment to support the transformation of public agencies that must respond to delivering their missions in the face of constrained resources. U.S. Communities has formed partnerships with Harvard Ash Center/Innovation in American Government, Code for America and The Alliance for Innovation to assist with providing resources and the national use of innovative solutions and applications, such as the award to A&M. 

The exclusive contract gives more than 90,000 public sector entities, such as state agencies, local governments, special districts, school districts, and public and nonprofit higher education institutions, access to A&M’s deep expertise and hands-on experience with government-wide turnaround strategies, health and human services solutions, and K-12 turnaround initiatives.

A&M has long helped public sector leaders analyze operations, seize opportunities and effect functional change to impact service delivery and budget management in various economic climates. The firm’s historic strengths in operations, compliance and turnaround accelerate its ability to help various entities and institutions succeed in complex, time-sensitive, and highly-regulated environments.

Melissa Glynn, a Managing Director and head of A&M’s Public Sector Practice, said, “We are committed to building a partnership with U.S. Communities and helping to build on their success. Participating in this platform furthers A&M’s ability to provide innovative solutions that help organizations improve their operations and create value.”

“A&M was selected as a part of this solicitation based on their proposal, offering a great value for public agencies to solve complex challenges,” said Cathy Muse, Director for Department of Purchasing and Supply Management for Fairfax County, VA. “We are excited that Fairfax County is able to provide the contract vehicle for this powerful offering nationwide.”

A&M is highly recognized for such public sector engagements as rebuilding and reopening New Orleans’ public schools after Hurricane Katrina; advising U.S. Territories on the management of federal grants; and implementing initiatives at education programs that saved millions of dollars in operating costs, while increasing performance outcomes.

About Alvarez & Marsal
Companies, investors and government entities around the world turn to Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) when conventional approaches are not enough to drive change and achieve results.

Privately-held since 1983, A&M is a leading global professional services firm that delivers business performance improvement, turnaround management and advisory services to organizations seeking to transform operations, catapult growth and accelerate results through decisive action.  Our senior professionals are experienced operators, world-class consultants and industry veterans who draw on A&M’s restructuring heritage to help leaders turn the need for change into a business asset, manage risk and unlock value at every stage.

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About U.S. Communities
U.S. Communities is the leading national government purchasing cooperative, providing world class government procurement resources and solutions to local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations. U.S. Communities was founded in 1996 as a partnership between the Association of School Business Officials, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities and the United States Conference of Mayors. More than 55,000 registered agencies, education institutions and non-profits utilize U.S. Communities contracts to procure more than 1.8 billion dollars in products and services annually. This continued growth is fuelled by the program’s proven track record of providing public agencies the best overall government pricing and unparalleled value.

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Alvarez & Marsal, 212-763-9853