The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), Inc. was formally established on January 29, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois.
NASPO is a non-profit association dedicated to advancing public procurement through leadership, excellence, and integrity. It is made up of the directors of the central purchasing offices in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the territories of the United States. NASPO is an organization that helps its members achieve success as public procurement leaders through promotion of best practices, education, professional development, research, and innovative procurement strategies.
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Educating and Informing
Through conferences, research, informative publications, and various member benefit programs, NASPO is dedicated to providing educational and information-sharing opportunities to the state government procurement community. Here are some examples:
NASPO, in collaboration with the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, formed and supports the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) to encourage certification of public procurement professionals. The UPPCC awards the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) designation and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation to those in the public purchasing arena. For additional information about the UPPCC, visit www.uppcc.org.
The NASPO Network is an online collaboration and communication forum for members to ask questions, exchange information and share solutions virtually instantaneously.
The association also publishes various research briefs and reference publications, which serve as guides for procurement officials as well as suppliers who do business with the states.
NASPO presents an annual NASPO Exchange Conference for suppliers interested in learning state procurement processes, laws, policies and procedures.
NASPO also holds an Annual Conference and regional conferences, which provide members with excellent networking opportunities as well as chances to participate in sessions on timely and relevant public procurement issues.
The NASPO Board of Directors adopted a strategic planning in June 2014 to guide the association’s activities and services. A summary of the strategic plan is available here.
The NASPO bylaws were last updated in March 2020.
National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO)
110 West Vine Street, Suite 600
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: (859) 514-9159
It is the policy of NASPO to allow public access to its original tax exemption application and to its Internal Revenue Service Form 990. NASPO will also make copies of its governing documents, conflict of interest policy/disclosure form, and year-end financial statements available to the public. This access will be provided at NASPO’s principal headquarters offices at a time mutually agreeable between NASPO headquarters and the individual requesting the inspection, during regular business hours.
NASPO will make each Form 990 return available for a period of three years from filing by posting to a publically accessible area of the NASPO website. NASPO will provide printed copies of the exemption application or Form 990 without charge, other than a reasonable fee for reproduction and actual postage costs, as applicable. The Form 990 will include all information furnished to the Internal Revenue Service as well as schedules, attachments, and supporting statements, except for the redacted elements, pursuant to IRS regulations. Please contact us at the email address above for information.