ProcurementToolbox
Procurement Process

NASPO offers educational and informative resources across various platforms for public procurement professionals including:

  • Publications
  • Webinars
  • Online Courses
  • Blogs
  • Podcasts
But where do you find everything? And how does it all fit together?

Here in the Procurement Toolbox, we take the fundamental topics of the public procurement process and provide a high-level introductory overview with additional links to NASPO resources for deeper understanding.

Browse the issues below. Open the edition by clicking on the corresponding graphic next to the description.

Make sure to check back for updates as new publications become available!

Available Issues

Introduction to Procurement
Introduction to Procurement

Welcome to the profession of public procurement! In this edition, you will learn what public procurement is and the process and structure of procurement. Public procurement professionals provide value to the state

  • What is public procurement
  • Procurement process and structure
  • The value of the central procurement office
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Importance of Ethical Procurement

Public procurement officers are held to high standards of ethical conduct. Explore the principles and strategies for ethical procurement.

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Introduction to Procurement
Market Research
Market Research

Market research is a powerful tool for public procurement professionals. Good market research empowers procurement professionals on decision-making and provides a common baseline of understanding between the central procurement office, the vendor, and the purchasing agency.

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Solicitation Methods

Choosing the best fit solicitation type and method for every procurement is a pivotal way to carry out good governance. Explore the different solicitation types and methods in this issue of Procurement Toolbox.

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Solicitation Methods
Contract Evaluation and Award
Contract Evaluation and Award

The specific details surrounding each procurement will affect how that procurement’s evaluation should be conducted. However, there are common principles present in every evaluation. Issue 5 of Procurement Toolbox outlines these common principles, the awarding authority of the central procurement office, and a brief overview of cost analysis and avoidance.

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The Value of Negotiations

Negotiations are an important step in the process for competitive proposals and evaluations. Are you familiar with the steps of negotiation? Explore the dos and don’ts of the negotiation process to make sure you are ready for your next project.

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The Value of Negotiations
Contract Administration
Contract Administration

Unpacking the process of contract administration can be difficult for the most experienced procurement official. In this issue we examine the difference between contract administration and contract management, and what elements should be included in a contract administration plan (CAP).

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Contract Closeout and Retirement

Closing out a contract is no small task! This issue of Procurement Toolbox explores the contract closeout/retirement stage of the procurement cycle including record keeping and surplus property management.

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Contract Closeout and Retirement