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Cronin Award for Procurement Excellence

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Every year the top five finalist of the NASPO Cronin Awards present their winning nomination to the NASPO members to share what they have learned with their peers. Attendees of these webinars are able to gain valuable insight on similar obstacles in their states and new ideas on how to solve them. Please join us this fall when we kick off the 2014 Cronin Finalist Webinar Series. These webinars are free to all NASPO members and will receive UPPCC certification credit for their full participation. Registrations for all Cronin Finalist webinars will take place soon.

On December 16th at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT we will be hosting a webinar in Tennessee's second nomination Vehicle Fleet Management. Katie Lillard, Category Specialist with the Department of General Services Central Procurement Office, will be presenting.

Additional webinars will be held:

  • January 14th at 12:00 pm ET/9:00 am PT
  • February 10th at 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT

Did you miss a webinar on a topic of interest to you? You're in luck. All Cronin Finalist Webinars are recorded and posted online. Links to these recordings will be listed below as they become available.

NASPO Recognizes Innovation in State Government Procurement

The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) honored three innovative state procurement programs with the George Cronin Award for Procurement Excellence at its Annual Conference during the Cronin Club Luncheon held September 9th in Burlington, Vermont. Nominations were scored based on the criteria of innovation and initiative, transferability, service improvement, and demonstrable cost reduction. Submissions from Virginia, California and Tennessee received top honors this year.

Virginia took home the honor of Gold Cronin Award winner with their submission
eVA Mobile Apps. eVA Mobile Apps – eVA Mobile 4 Business and eVA Mobile 4 Approvers – empowers users by bringing the bidding process to their fingertips and allows approvers to have real-time access to requisitions. These innovative apps provide a fast, secure and easy way to conduct thorough reviews of solicitations and keep the purchase process moving from the convenience of a mobile device.

The Silver Cronin Award was presented to California for their nomination titled Modeling the Path to Award. In August of 2013, the California Procurement Division's Multiple Award section was confronted with the prospect of awards to less than 25 of 179 participating proposers. Recognizing this 13% award rate did not meet the stakeholder's needs the Multiple Awards Program section took action and changed the state-proposer interface to increase proposal responsiveness and opportunities for proposers to succeed. These actions ultimately increased the award rate to 82%.

Tennessee was named the Bronze Cronin Award winner with a submission titled
Innovation in Facilities Management. After conducting an assessment of Tennessee's facilities, the state recognized it needed to reduce its ongoing facility-related operating expenses, identify and prioritize short and long term maintenance projects and operate more effectively. Tennessee sought out the expertise of the private sector to fulfill their need of comprehensive facilities management services to follow “Class A BOMA Standards” and have reduced operating costs, implemented “best of class” practices and presented scalable solutions that are flexible enough to evolve with the state's facilities management needs. After the first year of implementation Tennessee expects to save over $4.4 million.

The George Cronin Award for Procurement Excellence is recognized as a premier achievement for innovative public procurement and pays homage to a founder and the first president of NASPO, George J. Cronin. Since 1985, the Cronin Awards have recognized ground-breaking state procurement programs and promoted the sharing of ideas between states.


2014 Award Winners:


Gold Award Winner - Commonwealth of Virginia, eVA Mobile Apps

Silver Award Winner - State of California, Modeling the Path to Award

Bronze Award Winner - State of Tennessee, Innovations in Facilities Management


Finalist - State of Delaware, Copier, Printer and Multifunction Device Resource Management Program

Finalist - State of Tennessee, Vehicle Fleet Management


Past Cronin Award Winners:













  • 2002: Alaska Long Distance Learning
  • 2001: Idaho Purchasing Modernization Initiative
  • 2000: Utah Vehicle Purchase Program
  • 1999: Ohio Natural Gas Purchasing Program
  • 1998: Missouri PC Prime Vendor Contract
  • 1997: Wisconsin Advantis Credit Bureau Access Program
  • 1996: North Carolina Micro-Computer & Peripherals Contract as Developed and Managed on the Internet
  • 1995: none selected
  • 1994: none selected
  • 1993: Minnesota Document management system
  • 1992: Oregon Vendor information program
  • 1991: Arizona Contract for abatement of underground storage tanks
  • 1990: New York Contract for electronic ballasts
  • 1989: Missouri Pharmacy service contract for correctional facilities
  • 1988: Kansas Freight management systems
  • 1987: West Virginia Natural gas contract
  • 1986: Alaska Video - "A Better Way To Buy"
  • 1985: Missouri Competitive bidding of residential rehabilitation services