NASPO is the nation’s leader in public procurement, driving excellence for its members through diverse programs, resources, and initiatives.
George Cronin was elected as the first president of NASPO on January 29, 1944. Legend has it that Major Cronin convened a number of officials in his Palmer House room to make his proposal. Reality suggests it may have been the hotel bar.
In 1993, the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA), formed through an agreement between the chief procurement officers from 15 western states.
NASPO goes online in 1996. Members could surf the internet for association news, publications, and the Database of Recycled Commodities.
In 2011, the NASPO Network, an online community for members to ask questions, exchange information, and instantaneously share solutions was launched.
In 2013, NASPO formed a subsidiary, NASPO ValuePoint, to manage its multi-state cooperative purchasing on a national level. NASPO ValuePoint is an outgrowth of WSCA, as well as the cooperative procurement efforts by other NASPO regions.
In 2014, NASPO launched Procurement U, a comprehensive educational program created to deliver high-quality, low-cost training and resources to support the professional development and certification process for state procurement professionals.