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September 2020

 NEW State Member Quarterly Webinar Make NASPO Work for You October 14 | 3 pm ET  Register for the first of this new series where we discuss how to make the most of your NASPO benefits. This webinar is great for new Central Procurement staff, as well as anyone who wants a refresher on where

August 2020

Review the 2021 NASPO Leadership candidates now! The nominee slate for the NASPO Board of Directors is now available via the NASPO Network. Please review the slate to learn more about the four President-Elect candidates as well as the candidates for the four open Director-at-Large positions. You can also listen to each of the President-Elect candidates through a special NASPO Pulse Podcast series available here.

July 2020

National Council of State Legislatures Provides Fiscal Outlook Presentation to NASPO Members On June 29, as part of the weekly COVID-19 response calls for CPOs and their staff, we were pleased to host a fiscal briefing from our strategic partner, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Erica MacKellar, Program Principal for NCSL’s Fiscal Affairs

May 2020

New Features, Same Great Learning! Procurement U is upgrading to an award-winning learning management system on June 1st. New features will include: Improved engagement and accessibility Design optimized for mobile learning Collaborative learning with peers With the upgrade, all Procurement U self-paced courses will be reduced to $20 per contact hour for all users, member

April 2020

A Message from NASPO President, George Schutter Student memberships NASPO now offers a Student Membership, available for $25/year. Membership includes a free Procurement 101 course, a free copy of the Practical Guide textbook, and networking opportunities. Interested students can apply online. Don't Get Lost in Space: Virtual Learning Best Practices May 6 & May 13 |

March 2020

COVID-19 Update Visit naspo.org/covid-19-resources to learn more about how NASPO is meeting member needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources from NASPO as well as external partners are available, including state emergency declarations, CDC recommendations, NASPO ValuePoint contract updates, and emergency preparedness information. NASPO members can also access additional resources by logging in to the NASPO

February 2020

New year, new benefits! Don’t forget to take advantage of your NASPO member benefits this year! From professional development funds to Procurement U courses, there are resources available for everyone in your central procurement office. Check out our updated Member Benefits Guide, housed on the member-only NASPO Network. Questions? Reach out to Olivia Hook Frey, Director

January 2020

Happy New Year, NASPO friends and colleagues! I am so pleased to begin the new year as the president of this professional association. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of some incredible leaders, and I look forward to my tenure to continue on with support and innovation in our public procurement profession.

December 2019

This year truly has been another eventful one in the history of NASPO.
Since 2018, NASPO has gradually assumed ownership of the program development and execution of conferences and events, while continuing to support the professional development needs of our members.

November 2019

The 2019 NASPO Incoming President is charged with appointing members to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors, assign NASPO Board members to serve in designated champion roles and select committee leadership to serve for the calendar year 2020.

October 2019

Registration is now open for Procurement U’s CPPB and CPPO Spring 2020 Exam Prep Courses! These courses are designed to assist any public procurement professional preparing to take the UPPCC CPPB or CPPO certification exams.

September 2019

Annual Conference is the crown jewel of the NASPO conference season. The 2019 event in Grand Rapids, Michigan was no exception. This year’s conference featured quality speakers offering content-rich sessions, fun networking receptions and a keynote speaker who was truly a gem.

August 2019

Procurement U’s CPPB and CPPO Fall 2019 Exam Prep Courses reached the highest enrollment ever, with 47 candidates signing up for these courses designed to assist any public procurement professional preparing to take the UPPCC certification exams.

July 2019

Registration is closing soon for Procurement U’s CPPB and CPPO Fall 2019 Exam Prep Courses! These courses are designed to assist any public procurement professional preparing to take the UPPCC CPPB or CPPO certification exams.

June 2019

Registration is now open for Procurement U’s CPPB and CPPO Fall 2019 Exam Prep Courses! These courses are designed to assist any public procurement professional preparing to take the UPPCC CPPB or CPPO certification exams.

May 2019

The third annual NASPO Academic Forum was hosted May 14-16, 2019, at Oregon State University. We were thrilled to take the forum to the West Coast with our partners at OSU! Although it was a bit of a trek for many of our attendees, the event was a success! This year, 70 attendees represented 25 states, 8 academic institutions, a strategic partner and even a handful of students.

April 2019

NASPO hosted more than 500 state procurement professionals, suppliers and other guests, April 9-11, in Denver, Colorado, during the 2019 NASPO Exchange. The number of attendees included representatives from 42 states, as well as 166 companies that are supportive business partners to state government agencies.

March 2019

NASPO applauds the work of procurement professionals every day, but particularly during March. In celebration of this month dedicated to recognizing procurement officials, NASPO has created this video in your honor.

February 2019

The 2019 NASPO Exchange is less than six weeks away. Are you registered? Don’t miss out on this unique venue to learn, network and partner with procurement professionals from across the nation and meet with members of the supplier community offering states a variety of goods and services. It’s not too late to register, but time is running short.

January 2019

Happy New Year, NASPO members! It is fitting that I begin my tenure as NASPO President as we turn the page on the calendar and welcome 2019. This certainly is the start of an exciting new year in my life and I am honored and humbled for the opportunity to serve as your NASPO President.

December 2018

Warmest holiday greetings fellow NASPO members, As the 2018 calendar fades into 2019 and my Presidential tenure draws to a close, this is truly a time of reflection on all that has transpired over the past year. To say it has been a historic year in the life of NASPO does not adequately capture all that has occurred over the last 12 months.

November 2018

The 2018 Professional Development Fund and Travel Reimbursement submissions are due to NASPO by Friday, December 7th. Submissions can be conveniently submitted via email to [email protected] Please submit expenses as soon as possible to ensure they are paid. If you have any questions about qualifying purchases, please review the Professional Development Fund Policy or email NASPO with any questions!

September 2018

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. Curious to learn more about what NASPO membership can do for you? Don’t take our word for it – check out this new video which features some of our members discussing the benefits of their NASPO memberships!

August 2018

The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) is proud to provide state members with hundreds of valuable market research reports on products and services. These reports include price benchmarks, market trends, vendor statistics, forecasting, negotiation questions, buying decision scorecards and more!

July 2018

We look forward to hosting 48 states at REACH for an engaging and resourceful program. For those of you making the trip to New Orleans, remember to review the agenda to select which breakout sessions will be most beneficial to attend and prepare for the diverse networking opportunities in store.

June 2018

It is hard to believe the pace at which the first half of 2018 has passed. Already we have traveled to the Big Apple in March to host another successful Exchange conference and visited our academic partners at Michigan State University to hold the second annual Academic Forum in April. Now, as we officially enter summer, I look forward in eager anticipation to our next major event; the first-ever REACH conference, July 16-18, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

May 2018

The 2018 Academic Forum, hosted April 10-12 by Michigan State University (MSU), was a great success! More than 27 states were represented, with 12 academic partners and four students representing both Arizona State University and MSU participating.

April 2018

NASPO is excited to announce that nominations for the 2018 Cronin Awards are now being accepted!
With a criterion focusin g on innovation, transferability, service improvement, and cost reduction, the Cronin Awards recognize outstanding state procurement initiatives, providing well-deserved appreciation to state and its procurement personnel who have undertaken, and accomplished projects that result in distinct benefits to the state.

March 2018

NASPO’s Research & Innovation Team has launched Procurement Pulse – a blog that monitors state issues in procurement. Procurement Pulse wants to be your go-to source for news, best practices and emerging issues in state procurement. Bookmark the blog and be sure check back regularly for more articles on the issues that matter to NASPO members.

February 2018

It’s hard to believe the pace at which the first six weeks of 2018 have passed. Now with our feet firmly planted in February, we begin the countdown to our first major event of the year; the 2018 Exchange in New York City, March 18-20.

January 2018

As we begin a new year, NASPO welcomes our 2018 officers and board members, who officially assumed their new leadership roles on January 1 st. NASPO’s 2018 President Michael Jones of Alabama is joined by our new President-Elect Christine Warnock of Washington, Secretary-Treasurer Carol Wilson of Connecticut and Immediate Past President Larry Maxwell of New Mexico.

December 2017

As my presidential tenure draws to a close, I am filled with great excitement and anticipation of what the future holds for our organization. While concluding this chapter in my professional life is bittersweet, I have confidence that I am leaving our association in the very capable hands of your incoming President Michael Jones, who is an excellent leader. In addition, he will be ably assisted by a fabulous Board of Directors.

November 2017

NASPO is currently recruiting for 2018 committee volunteers who are eager to share their experiences and expertise, connect with fellow members and collaborate on programs and initiatives aimed at advancing the profession, as well as benefiting you both personally and professionally.

October 2017

This month, NASPO CEO Lindle Hatton announced two new additions to the NASPO Staff. We are excited to welcome Jennifer Salts, who has accepted the position of Chief Administrative Officer, and Susan Gonzalez, who has accepted the position of Director of Business Operations.

September 2017

Thank you, members, for your recent participation in the 2018 Board of Directors Elections. We are pleased to announce that Christine Warnock of Washington has been elected the 2018 President-Elect and that the following members have been elected as Directors at Large: Lisa Eason, Georgia; Cindy Lombardi, Colorado; Kelly Sanders, Ohio and Jason Soza, Alaska.

August 2017

We need your vote! In honor of the 40th Anniversary of the George Cronin Awards for Procurement Excellence, the Cronin Awards Committee is asking every NASPO member to vote for a special recognition award to be presented this year. This award is being called the Cronin Heritage Award, and it will be a fun way to recognize Cronin Award winners and the legacy they have had throughout NASPO’s history of excellence.

July 2017

Directors and NASPO members, it’s my pleasure to announce the hiring of Lindle Hatton , Ph.D., as our association’s first Chief Executive Officer. The position will become effective July 31.

June 2017

NASPO wants to give your state the national recognition it deserves through the George Cronin Awards for Procurement Excellence. The deadline is fast approaching. Don’t miss the chance to submit your nomination.

May 2017

In just a few short days, NASPO will embark on a new chapter as our friend and former colleague, Dianne Lancaster of Oregon, assumes her new role as NASPO’s first Chief Learning Officer (CLO). As the new CLO, Dianne will be the first NASPO employee to report directly to the Board of Directors.

April 2017

Procurement U is excited to announce the launch of Introduction to Sole Source Procurement. This course is designed to define sole source procurement and examine its use within state procurement. The course provides fundamental information about this method, including when it is appropriate to be used.

March 2017

More than 550 state procurement pro fessionals, suppliers, small business leaders and government stakeholders convened in St. Louis, Missouri, March 12-14 for the 2017 NASPO Exchange. Participants took full advantage of the revitalized and enhanced opportunities to learn about effective state procurement practices, network and develop partnership opportunities for state initiatives.

February 2017

Delivering on-point professional development for procurement staff and developing meaningful collegiate educational opportunities for the future procurement workforce are important priorities for the NASPO Board of Directors, and a focus for me as President of NASPO.

January 2017

State CPOs recognized the strategic role of state central procurement as their number one priority for 2017. This includes centralized procurement authority, elevated role of the central procurement office in the hierarchy of the executive branch and active participation in creating an enterprise vision for the state.

November 2016

The 2017 NASPO Exchange will be held March 12-14 in St. Louis, Missouri. Register now for the event where partnering, networking and learning come together to develop business relationships which support public procurements that are effective, efficient, transparent and fair.

October 2016

Over 150 procurement professionals, representing 48 states and the District of Columbia joined with strategic partners and Life and Honorary members for NASPO’s 2016 Annual Conference, September 25-28, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Members focused on the conference goals, taking every advantage to “Explore the Possibilities” of the future of state procurement.

September 2016

More and more states are being afforded the statutory authority to add Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) as a tool to their procurement toolbox. A public-private partnership is defined as “a long-term agreement between a government and the private sector to share the risks and rewards of delivering an essential public service.”

July 2016

Nominations for the George Cronin Award for Procurement Excellence are due this month!
Share new or improved initiatives for the opportunity to be nationally recognized and be a part of improving the public procurement function nationwide. Hurry before it’s too late.

May 2016

We are in the midst of another year of busy conference planning. Mark your calendar to save the date for some of our upcoming scheduled member events.

August 2016

Join the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) on March 12-14 in St. Louis, Missouri to learn, partner and network at the 2017 NASPO Exchange. Formerly known as the How to Market to State Governments meeting, the familiar opportunities to build relationships among the community of state procurement professionals remain, but with a renewed focus on the core values of the conference.

June 2016

We are currently seeking state members willing to lead the association’s strategies, policies and fiscal direction through service on the Board of Directors. There are four at-large director positions available, as well as the President-Elect position, with terms beginning January 2017. Elections will take place during the 2016 Annual Conference in September.

April 2016

The 2016 How to Market to State Governments Meeting enjoyed record attendance this year, with more than 510 government officials and suppliers participating. This is the only NASPO function open to private sector suppliers, who had the opportunity to learn about doing business with state governments directly from state procurement officials during the popular one-on-one sessions, roundtables and networking functions.

March 2016

Some states are celebrating Procurement Month with a Proclamation from their Governor; West Virginia, Utah, Colorado, Washington, Ohio to name a few. Other states are hosting Seminars and sales events. Let us know what your state is up to this month to #celebrateprocurement so that we can share your great idea with the greater membership.

February 2016

As I recovered from my health scare in 2015, it was a blessing to have so much support from my NASPO family and State of Utah family. Thank you! I returned to work on a full-time basis and assumed the reins as NASPO President. I am grateful to have the support of my fellow Board members and NASPO members.

January 2016

State Central Procurement Officials from across the nation ranked the Top Ten Priorities for State Procurement for 2016. The Top Ten Priorities sets the agenda for thought leadership and programming for the profession.

December 2015

As I mentioned in my email yesterday, serving as NASPO’s President has been an unforgettable experience that I will cherish always. It has been as a professional development and learning opportunity second to none.

December 2016

Preparing for the future workforce is paramount to continued success for state procurement offices nationwide. Based on information gathered through focus group discussions, one-on-one interviews, and other research, this new publication outlines the Millennial generation as the emerging workforce of the future, and provides recommendations from Millennials already working in state procurement for addressing recruitment and retention challenges that continue to burden state government.

November 2015

NASPO was excited to welcome over 70 procurement professionals from the western region states to Long Beach, California and the 2015 Western Regional Conference, November 1-3. From the kick-off, the event was a dynamic and thought-provoking experience with members sharing their insight and experience on procurement issues most important to western states.

October 2015

Over 150 procurement professionals, representing 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, braved the coastal, stormy weather to join together in Norfolk, Virginia, for NASPO’s 2015 Annual Conference.

September 2015

Based on the positive response from the inaugural 2014 State and Local Procurement Law Institute, NASPO doubled the capacity of the program and welcomed over 100 attorneys to the 2015 program in Fort Worth, Texas, August 16-18.

August 2015

The Governing Institute is launching a project to assess state procurement organizations and their practices, on the principle that highlighting best practices and attributes of successful state organizations creates visibility on what works as well and can be a catalyst for broad improvement.

July 2015

The National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA) and the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) jointly released a report featuring two case studies developed by Leadership for a Networked World on state government shared services and e-procurement.

June 2015

NASPO conference season is in full swing! The How to Market to State Governments Meeting kicked things off at the end of March and we’ve had one successful conference after another since then.

May 2015

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) invited NASPO Board Member and Idaho Chief Procurement Officer Bill Burns to present on a panel on cloud technology in late April. The panel, Today’s Forecast: Case Study in Cloud Procurement, prominently featured California’s Cloud Infrastructure initiative.

April 2015

Last month, nearly 500 participants from the public, private and nonprofit sectors all convened in Philadelphia for NASPO’s 2015 How to Market to State Governments Meeting, a unique opportunity for state procurement officials to engage in open dialogue with various members of the supplier community. Perhaps the best way to reflect on the success of the 2015 event is to embrace the 2015 conference theme: Purpose. Partnerships. Procurement.

March 2015

Happy Procurement Month! As I’m sure you know by now, March is indeed Procurement Month and NASPO has been celebrating with special Network posts and tweets. I hope you’ve had a chance to celebrate with your staff and if not, there are still a few weeks remaining.

February 2015

What is the best model for successfully awarding a contract that meets the needs of a procurement office’s stakeholders? This is a question that faced the California Procurement Division’s Multiple Awards Program Section (MAPS) in August of 2013.
Their response was to completely re-imagine their awards process and the contract itself. These efforts earned the state the 2014 Silver Cronin Award for their nomination titled “Modeling the Path to Award.”

January 2015

New from NASPO! Check out the Bills and Regs Tracker on the NASPO Network to review procurement related state and federal legislation and regulation. This new member service provides you real-time access to bills and regulation that matter most to your procurement office, such as public-private partnerships, social impact programs, sustainability, contracts, bids, procurement reform, IT procurement and much more.

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