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The George Cronin Awards: Highlighting Public Procurement Excellence

Public procurement professionals across the nation are tasked with looking for new and innovative ways to modernize and streamline their processes, ensure transparency and provide best value; all while being mindful of cost reduction. Procurement professionals support every branch of government down to the smallest twig. At NASPO, we believe in recognizing outstanding state procurement initiatives across the country with the George Cronin Awards for Procurement Excellence.

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Leadership. Excellence. Integrity. NASPO’s 2019 Annual Conference!

NASPO is hosting the Annual Conference next week in Grand Rapids, Michigan! The week will be full of excellent content as well as exciting opportunities to meet and network with procurement colleagues from across the country. Beginning on Sunday with a Procurement U training on how CPOs can strengthen their seat at the table and build relationships with other cabinet-level leadership in their state.  The conference focuses on ways that procurement officials can enhance the profession and build relationships. The entire conference culminates in a panel with the National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA) focused on understanding the perspective of chief administrator on pressing procurement issues.

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A Day in the Life: Gary Lambert

This week we caught up with Gary Lambert, the Assistant Secretary for Operational Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Gary Lambert was appointed assistant secretary for Operational Services on March 21, 2011. Prior to this appointment, Gary held a number of leadership positions over his 30-plus years in the public and private sector. During his tenure at the Operational Services Division (OSD), Gary and his leadership team have executed a number of programmatic and organizational changes focused on outcomes that benefit OSD’s customers through the use of The 4 Disciplines of Execution. Gary served as an advisor to the TechAmerica Foundation’s State & Local Government Cloud Commission, and he is a member and past president of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO).
Mr. Lambert is a graduate of Suffolk University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a recipient of NASPO’s Giulio Mazzone Distinguished Service Award in 1998.

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Challenging Conventional Wisdom: Be Bold! 2019 NASPO Leadership Program

A couple of weeks ago, NASPO brought together state procurement leaders and NASPO staff at Michigan State University, our academic partner for a second iteration of the NASPO Executive Development Leadership Program. This program, housed under the NASPO Procurement U team, is meant to provide professional development to leaders in the organization and challenge them to think critically.

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Just Released! Reverse Auctions: A Roadmap for Success

Online reverse auctions have been around for a few decades, especially in the private sector and federal government. Many states have statutory or regulatory authority to conduct reverse auctions. However, many public buyers don’t use them on a regular basis. Moreover, some states that conducted reverse auctions haven’t always achieved the expected savings or outcome. Read more “Just Released! Reverse Auctions: A Roadmap for Success”

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”

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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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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2019 UPPCC Eligibility Requirements and Recertification Updates

Are you a public procurement professional looking to get certified and join the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) ranks?
UPPCC announced more inclusive eligibility requirements for their CPPO and CPPB certifications and updates to recertification  in 2019. 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.” The updates to recertification offer certificants flexibility and greater control over their own continuing education. These updates also further recognize the contributions of on-going employment experience.

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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!”