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NASPO Internships

NASPO Internship Program: A Model for Your State

This summer marks NASPO’s third iteration of the internship program, created in April 2017. We are pleased to report that we have now put more than thirty students through our program in thirteen different states. The interns from NASPO academic partner schools live in the cities where their internship is held during the summer and take part in public procurement projects. The NASPO internship program is just one way we are working to combat the workforce shortage so many of our states are facing. Are you interested in participating in an internship program? Click below to keep reading about the NASPO sponsored internship program! Read more “NASPO Internship Program: A Model for Your State”
Public Procurement

Another Resource for your Procurement Toolbox: PTAC

 Like most problem-solvers, procurement professionals have a metaphorical toolbox that they reach into from time to time to assist in acquiring best value. In this article, we discuss one of the tools in the public procurement toolbox, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). In case you haven’t utilized this tool before, let’s get you familiar with it! A guiding principle of public procurement is the maximization of competition. PTACs help to increase bid participation by working one-on-one with small businesses and assist them in competing for government contracts.

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Day in the Life

A Day in the Life: Rosalyn Ingram

This is an updated post based on highlights from the interview with Rosalyn Ingram, Director of State Purchasing & Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) for the State of Florida Division of Purchasing. Read this blog to learn more about Roz’s role as the Florida CPO and get to know her fun and people-loving personality.
Roz has a B.S. degree in Business from Florida State University. She is also a Project Management Professional, Certified Public Manager, and Florida Certified Negotiator. She has 30 years of state government experience and has worked in several agencies to gain her diverse knowledge of state government and best practices in procurement. The Division of State Purchasing, led by Roz, creates state term contracts that leverages all state agency spend, as well as spend created through cities and counties that are able to use them. Her division also provides training for Certified Contract Managers, Certified Negotiators, and Project Management Professionals. They are also charged with rule promulgation and policy initiatives. She also manages the MyFloridaMarketPlace (MFMP) eProcurement system.

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Procurement Professionalization

UPPCC Broadens Eligibility Requirements

Are you a public procurement professional looking to get certified and join the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) ranks?
Last week, UPPCC announced more inclusive eligibility requirements for their CPPO and CPPB certifications. Ann Peshoff, executive director of UPPCC, expressed that they wanted to broaden their eligibility requirements to “better align [them] with the various ways in which mastery is developed by an individual.”

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Procurement Professionalization

Get Your Certification ON!

Public procurement professionals are the gatekeepers of taxpayer dollars and are held to a higher standard of conduct, excellence, and integrity. The continuous development of academic degrees related to procurement as well as national certifications are necessary to elevate the public procurement profession as a recognized and highly regarded career path. For procurement professionals who are interested in elevating their career, getting certified, and having fun along the way, where should they go? The answer is the UPPCC! Read more “Get Your Certification ON!”

Public Procurement

Major Procurement Trends: Helping Your Office Move Forward

In the past twelve months, what significant challenges has your procurement office faced? Have you had internal conversation about the struggle to replace a retirement-age workforce? Did you have to adjust in order to overcome a supply chain disruption caused by a major weather event? Chances are that you have- and you are not alone. For every qualified individual, there are six vacancies in the procurement sector, and we all have watched the news as natural and man-made disasters like devastating wildfires have affected millions of people. So, what should you and your fellow procurement officials do in the face of all of this uncertainty?

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Day in the Life

A Day in the Life: George Schutter

This week we caught up with GEORGE SCHUTTER, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) for the District of Columbia to learn more about himself and his current role in the District. George leads the District’s Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP), where he oversees over $5.6 billion worth of acquisitions for over 78 agencies.
Supported by a staff of 228, George and his staff manage the contracts and relationships between the District and industry to acquire the supplies, services, and construction requirements of their client agencies.  His previous leadership roles included Chief Financial Officer of the Peace Corps; Chief Financial Officer for TechnoServe (an international non-profit providing business solutions to poverty); and Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector Executive Director in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, where he opened regional operations in Dubai’s International Financial Center and developed offices in Iraq.
George is a former Major in the U.S. Marine Corps serving for 10 years domestically and abroad, including four years as a Director of a Regional Contracting Office. He has worked and traveled internationally throughout his career (to over 75 countries) and has extensive expertise in finance, procurement and contracts, change management, transparency, as well as capacity building efforts in developing countries.
George is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, Certified Professional Contracts Manager and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He holds degrees in Accounting from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Acquisitions and Contracts Management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
He is a resident of the District of Columbia where he lives with his daughter.

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Conference Recap

Climbing the Summit: Government Performance and Innovation Recap

A couple of weeks ago (June 4th – 6th), I attended the Summit on Government Performance and Innovation in Minneapolis, which is organized by Governing and has been held annually since 2015. This is the second time I represented NASPO at this event to learn about the innovative initiatives of cities and governments around the country and bring that information back to NASPO members. Demographics, inclusive procurement and challenging the status quo were just some of the topics discussed. These innovative topics helped to set the tone for modernizing the way government does business. This conference highlighted the creative solutions governments are using to address a changing world. Read more “Climbing the Summit: Government Performance and Innovation Recap”
News

Israeli Delegation visits DC Procurement Office

Here at NASPO, we love hearing about the interesting things happening at central procurement offices across America!  D.C. recently hosted an international delegation of government officials and public workers from Israel to discuss best practices when procuring social service contracts. This was the third international delegation the D.C. procurement office hosted this year. The D.C. office was kind enough to share the lessons they learned from these experiences.  We talked to George Schutter, the CPO of D.C., Nancy Hapeman, the Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, and Keysha Taylor, their General Counsel, about their visit.  They found that “even though [they] are from different countries and have a different set of laws and a different set of regulations, there are similar procurement issues…that [they] are both dealing with”.

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NASPO

Which States Have Preference Policies? NASPO Has the Repository!

Giving preference to local bidders is a common means of making government contracts more accessible to resident small business enterprises and supporting local economies.
There are different types of preferences and the policy application around the country varies greatly; this adds complexity for both governmental and business entities trying to understand the preference conditions in each state. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a nationwide resource, a central place with state-by-state information on local preferences and reciprocity laws? Look no further! NASPO just launched the State Preference Repository, a comprehensive database, including preference conditions and law citations for all 50 states and the District of Columbia to help agencies determine the lowest responsible bidder.

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