August 2021

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
In the first of a series, we will be highlighting the exceptional work of state procurement staff across the country. Primary members who wish to nominate someone on their staff may use this form
Carmen Claudio, Florida
Carmen serves as the certification coordinator for the Office of Supplier Diversity. In the past year, especially during the peak of COVID, the office experienced a tremendous peak in certifications. From March 2020 to April 2021, Carmen nearly single-handedly certified over 1,500 businesses. That is a 35% increase, and a testament to Carmen and her skill. Additionally, she serves as a Spanish language translator for a number of work units, and most impressively, Carmen completes all of this work while delivering exceptional customer service with an incredible sense of humor. 
NEWS
Mini Scholarships Available for Supply Chain Management Course
Reserve a seat for BA 234: Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management offered through the partnership between NASPO and Chemeketa Community College, September 27 – December 11. This 100% online course will satisfy four college credits in public procurement study and is offered at no cost to the state.

Primary members must approve participation in the course. Deadline for scholarship nominations is August 27 at 5 pm ET. Email Brandi Willard with the name and full contact information of the staff person you would like to nominate. 
NASPO Celebrates New UPPCC
Certificate Recipients

Congratulations to the 13 NASPO members who recently earned their CPPO or CPPB certifications with the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC). Your certification demonstrates your commitment to procurement excellence and elevates the profession, and we applaud your hard work. 
Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO)

Stacy Adams (SC)
James Butler (Honorary Member)
Zachary Christensen (Associate Member)
Andrew Hennig (IL)
Pamela Rice (LA)
Michael Speakmon (SC)
Gregory Walkin (NE)
Kassandra Wilkin (IL)
Certified Professional Procurement Buyer (CPPB)

Caleb Adams (IL)
Nancy Doll (OR)
Stephanie Horvath (LA)
Yulia Niece (OR)
Angela Shearn (VA)
PROCUREMENT U
Skill Focused Course Catalog Released

Procurement U is proud to offer 40 NEW on-demand courses focused on helping you develop critical professional skills, such as data analytics, project management, leadership, and more…all at prices you won’t find anywhere else!
Better RFPs, Better Projects Course Now Open
In partnership with the Center for Procurement Excellence (CPE), learn how to create better RFPs, work with your agencies to develop effective statements of work, enhance your proposer submittal protocols, and implement evaluation practices.

This four-week course begins on September 20 and offers ten continuing education contact hours. Space is limited, so don't wait!
EVENTS

Annual Conference Registration Open


Don't wait to register for the
2021 Annual Conference, September 12-15 in Austin, TX.
Registration ends August 19.

If you have questions about registration, reach out to the NASPO Conference & Events team for assistance. Primary members may register two individuals for their state.
Upcoming Webinar


Solicitations for the Future: Agile & Results Driven
August 26 | 3 pm ET

Is your state’s solicitation process ready for the future? Join us for a discussion on integrating the agile sprint into your solicitation development process. Panelists include state members from the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab.

SAVE THE DATE
November 15-17, 2021

NASPO is excited to announce it will host an in-person 2021 Law Institute in Phoenix, Arizona! The Law Institute is designed for state employees providing full-time legal services to the procurement team or Chief Procurement Officer.

Watch for registration information coming in September!
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