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Register now for the 2019 NASPO Exchange! 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Checked Your Pulse Recently?

 

Procurement Pulse wants to be your go-to site for the most up-to-date information and research on best practices and emerging issues in state procurement. Some of the most recent topics covered include leadership models for the New Year, tips for purchasing accessible technology, recruiting new talent to the procurement profession and proactive contract management. You don’t want to miss all the Pulse has to offer, including the “Day in the Life” series, which allows a behind the scenes peek into the busy life of a CPO.

 

 

The Value of Central Procurement

 

Have you been invited to talk to your Governor or other leadership in your state about the value of state central procurement?

 

The NASPO website has a wealth of information, including white papers and resources to help you make a case for state central procurement. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blockchain: The Public Sector Big Picture

 

NASPO’s Procurement U has created a complimentary, online introduction to blockchain. This overview provides procurement professionals with the basics of blockchain and smart contracts and explores the possible applications within procurement. Topics include an overview of blockchain, blockchain ledger security, block components, smart contracts, and federal and state use cases, and concludes with strategies for getting started with blockchain. The course is free and available to anyone who is interested in this topic!

 

 

 

 

 

2019 NASPO Regional Conferences

 

In 2019, NASPO will host four regional conferences, beginning with the Midwest in May and wrapping up with Western in November.

 

2019 Midwestern Regional Conference - May 21-23, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

2019 Eastern Regional Conference - July 16-18, Portland, Maine

 

2019 Southern Regional Conference - July 23-25, Nashville, Tennessee

 

2019 Western Regional Conference - November 5-7, Seattle, Washington

 

NASPO hopes you will mark your calendars now and make plans for your procurement staff to join us as we visit your region! Watch your email for registration details for your regional conference. 

 

 

Does your state need GovWin IQ

and Procurement IQ training?

 

 

NASPO recently hosted state-specific training for GovWin IQ and Procurement IQ for Vermont’s procurement staff. This small group, state training allowed the procurement staff in Vermont to ask questions unique to their state directly to GovWin IQ and Procurement IQ representatives.

 

If your state would like to schedule a similar training for your procurement staff, contact Kevin Minor for more details. 

 

 

Summer 2019 Internship Program

NASPO’s internship program is growing! Twelve states are participating in the third iteration of the summer internship program. Each state is currently interviewing students from NASPO academic partner schools to place in their agencies. We look forward to another successful summer!

 

 

 

 

Chemeketa mini-scholarship opportunities

 

We are excited to offer for the second time, mini-scholarships for our state members to take advantage of an online public procurement course. In partnership with NASPO academic partner Chemeketa Community College, NASPO is providing up to 19 seats in the 100 percent online course, Principles of Public Procurement (BA 235). CPOs can nominate one of their staff to take the course by emailing Olivia Hook Frey (ofrey@naspo.org) by COB on March 14. The course will begin April 1. The course syllabus is coming soon.

 

 

 

If you missed the webinar featuring the state of Michigan’s 2018 Cronin Award Bronze Winner on the Unrealized Transformative Power of Internally-Focused KPIs, you can watch it here.

 

 

 

 

 

Procurement Acquisition Support Services—The NASPO ValuePoint Management Board approved the State of Hawaii to begin the next steps of awarding new contracts for Procurement Acquisition Support Services.  These new contracts will provide states a wide variety of services to support their procurement offices. Here's a video that provides an overview of this new portfolio for NASPO ValuePoint.  

 

Nationwide Vehicle Rental Services—The NASPO ValuePoint Management Board approved the State of Oregon to begin the next steps of awarding new contracts for Nationwide Vehicle Rental Services. These new contracts will replace the existing contracts that are set to expire in October 2019.  

 

Telephone Interpreters—The State of New Mexico has released the RFP for ON-Demand Remote Interpreting (OPI and VRI) and Document Translation. This is an expansion of services from the current Telephone Based Interpreters Portfolio.  The RFP is currently set to close on March 15, 2019 and the sourcing team will meet soon meet after that to conduct evaluations of the proposals.

 

Professional Tools and Diagnostic Equipment—The State of Oklahoma executed a new Master Agreement with NAPA Auto Parts for immediate need aftermarket automotive parts. Oklahoma continues to work on negotiations with two other companies, which cannot be released until the agreements have been finalized.

 

Wireless Data, Voice & Accessories—The State of Utah has issued the award notice for the new wireless data, voice and accessories contracts. The lead is currently negotiating terms with awarded suppliers. Awarded suppliers include AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Discount Cellular, Sprint, T-Mobile, Hughes Network.

 

Cloud Solutions (Refresh 2018)—The State of Utah has issued the award notice for the Cloud Solutions refresh solicitation. The lead is currently negotiating terms with awarded suppliers. The Award information has been posted to the website.

 

Education Furniture—NASPO ValuePoint is considering allowing the Educational Furniture contract portfolio to sunset on the expiration date of June 12, 2019. The State of Utah previously served as the lead state on this portfolio and since a final decision has not been determined, Utah has chosen to move forward with their own in-state solicitation and contracts. Subsequently, NVP does not have a lead state, nor does it have a sourcing team in place, which is not conducive to conducting a re-solicitation and establish new Master Agreements by the expiration date of June 12, 2019. States are encouraged to plan accordingly for the Master Agreements to sunset upon their expiration date of June 12, 2019. 

 

Tires, Tubes & Services—The State of Iowa has executed new Tires, Tubes & Services Master Agreements with Bridgestone, Continental and Goodyear. The state kickoff slides and webinar recording are available here.

 

Police Radar/Lidar—The State of Washington has awarded Master Agreements for the new Police Radar/Lidar Speed Enforcements & Speed Advisory Systems, Parts, and Accessories contract portfolio. The new contracts will provide state and local law enforcement agencies with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved devices that meet federal quality and accuracy standards and achieve traffic court acceptance. Awarded suppliers include Decatur Electronics, DragonEye Technologies, Kustom Signals, Laser Technology and MPH Industries.

 

Stay tuned to the NASPO ValuePoint website for more updates and contract awards

 

 

 

NASPO featured in American City & County 

 

NASPO’s support of advancing state procurement was recently featured in American City & County’s Co-Op Solutions.