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Bid Protest

To Protest a Bid, or not to Protest?

While not a Shakespearean existential inquiry, a vendor who did not win a competitive bid for a public contract may be faced with a critical question: “Should I file a bid protest to challenge this award decision, or not?”

Bidders who have standing want to exercise their right to protest to correct alleged improprieties. Sometimes vendors file what some would call “frivolous,” or “sore loser” protests, after the fact, when some of the questions could have been addressed before a decision was made to award the contract. Read more “To Protest a Bid, or not to Protest?”

Top 10 Priorities in State Procurement

NASPO Rings in the New Year with the Top…

What is your procurement office going to focus on in 2020?
Rather than trying to predict by looking into the magic crystal ball to see what’s trending in state procurement, we asked the experts. For the past six years, we have relied on the knowledge and perspective of NASPO leaders to aid in identifying the top 10 most important issues to tackle in the new year.
Based on CPOs’ ranking, the 2020 Top 10 Priorities for State Procurement reflect nationwide priorities. Read more to learn what’s trending in 2020! Read more “NASPO Rings in the New Year with the Top 10 Priorities for State Procurement!”
Talent Management

Eliminate these four Productivity Killers in 2020!

At NASPO, we know our members are usually involved in multiple projects at one time.  Not only is each project timely, and essential, but chances are it’s complex by nature too. Do you want 2020 to be your most productive year yet?  Let us help. Thanks to our friends at TopThink and Forbes, we want to highlight four common habits to avoid to help make you as productive as possible.
Read more “Eliminate these four Productivity Killers in 2020!”
NASPO Strategic Partnerships

NASPO Welcomes New Academic Partner

The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) and George Washington Law (GW Law) have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to foster and promote public procurement education together.  Dr. Karen Thornton, the Director of the GW Government Program Law Program, and Dianne Lancaster, NASPO Chief Learning Officer, are the representatives for each organization. Read more “NASPO Welcomes New Academic Partner”

Cybersecurity

The State of Cybersecurity: 3 Bold Plays for Change

In March 2018, the city of Atlanta suffered a ransomware attack that compromised the data of their employees and anyone who conducted business with the state and ended costing $2.6 million in emergency contract efforts[1]. When Louisiana was attacked in November of 2019, 10% of the state’s servers were infiltrated and some 1,500 computers were damaged.  These examples demonstrate cybersecurity should be a top priority for procurement officers to protect the sensitive information of both vendors and staff. Understanding the issues and goals of your state Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) can pave the road toward a more productive working relationship and allow procurement officers to address increasing cybersecurity threats as partners.

Read more “The State of Cybersecurity: 3 Bold Plays for Change”

Cronin Awards

NASPO Offers Free Webinar Series

Beginning in December 2019, NASPO will host a series of five webinars featuring each of the 2019 George Cronin Awards for Procurement Excellence finalists. These webinars are free and open to the public and are worth one contact hour each.
Below is a summation of each webinar’s award-winning topic. All webinars are held at 3 pm EST. Make sure to click the link to register to attend!

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Day in the Life

A Day in the Life: Norma Hall

2019 Mazzone Award winner, Norma Hall and 2019 Mazzone Committee Chair, Monica WilkesDuring the Annual Conference we announce that year’s recipient of the Mazzone Award. The prestigious Mazzone Award recognizes the exemplary service of procurement officials to the public purchasing profession. Today we are catching up with Norma Hall, the 2019 Mazzone Award winner who discusses her career accomplishments and the importance of certification and giving back to the public procurement community. Her passion for public procurement was palpable throughout our interview and incredibly inspiring.
Norma Hall’s career in public procurement is the very definition of exemplary service to the state of South Carolina.  A NASPO member for 15 years, Norma has served on numerous boards and committees for almost every public procurement association. Norma is a multi-award-winning procurement professional with a dedicated mission of giving back to the profession that she cares for so much. Read more “A Day in the Life: Norma Hall”
Continuous Improvement Methodologies

Keeping Up with Continuous Improvement

No matter how well your office is running, there is always room for improvement! Consistently looking for ways to improve your processes can lead to greater efficiencies and cost savings in the long run. Models like Six Sigma and Kaizen are often used to help identify ways to improve on a day-to-day basis. This process of continuous improvement can help eliminate inefficiencies and wasteful activities or time-consuming steps in the procurement cycle. It’s about taking a critical look at your processes, finding gaps and opportunities for improvement. Read more “Keeping Up with Continuous Improvement”
Transparency

Create Your Road Map to Transparency!

Imagine having to justify every decision you’ve ever made, to anyone who asks.  Transparency is the cornerstone of the entire procurement process and is necessary throughout the contracting lifecycle, from the definition of need to the expiration of the contract. Recently, the OECD, an international nonprofit, created a “Transparency Checklist” to assist public procurement professionals in reaching their transparency goals. Procurement Pulse breaks down the three founding principles listed in the checklist and highlights what to include in your office’s transparency checklist.

Read more “Create Your Road Map to Transparency!”