The COVID-19 pandemic has not merely disrupted production in the supply chain, it has, at times, temporarily stopped it. Preparing an anti-fragile supply chain for the future should be at the top of every public procurement officer’s recovery list.
In response to COVID-19, NASPO has created a web directory for resources related to procurement.
This directory, available through the NASPO website, highlights resources both from NASPO and external sources which provide valuable information for state procurement offices during the pandemic. Read more “NASPO Announces COVID-19 Resource Directory”
Managing a remote team of workers for the first time can be challenging in the best of circumstances, much less now in what feels like a disorienting wave of bad news and emergency actions. It can feel uncomfortable to not be able to swing by someone’s office to talk to them face to face or have meetings where you can see expressions and body language.
Here are some tips and resources to help you manage your team remotely:
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many organizations to figure out how to best adjust their workflows and training programs to meet the changing demands of our current work environment. This means many organizations (NASPO and Procurement U included) are moving to remote work options. While it is important for every organization to do something, the reality is that it can be much more challenging for some organizations to quickly ramp up a work-from-home situation, and training programs are left evaluating their ability to deliver effective training in a virtual environment.
Below are some tips and resources that could help you manage virtual training or remote work options. Read more “Ease Working From Home”
Let’s face it, the workplace changes fast. Change is a topic that is daunting to some, but with proactively trained leaders change can and should be embraced. Read more “Executive Leadership Training: Why You Should Consider It”
For 2020, we are expanding our Day in the Life series, interviewing different NASPO/NASPO ValuePoint teams. This series will give you an inside look at the work of a NASPO/NASPO ValuePoint team. This week we caught up with some of the staff of NASPO ValuePoint including: Chief Operations Officer (COO), Sarah Hilderbrand; Cooperative Contract Lead Coordinator (CCLC), Ted Fosket; Cooperative Contract Coordinator (CCC) , Jeff Holden; Cooperative Contract Coordinator III (CCC III), Voight Shealy; and Director of Administrative Services, Lee Ann Pope
NASPO ValuePoint is the cooperative contracting division of NASPO and facilitates administration of the NASPO cooperative group contracting of state Chief Procurement Officials (CPOs) for the benefit of state departments, institutions, agencies, and political subdivisions; as well as other eligible entities including cities, counties, special districts community colleges, universities and some quasi-governmental and nonprofit organizations.
Keep reading to get to learn more about NASPO ValuePoint and what a day on their team looks like!
Join NASPO in celebrating Procurement Month in the month of March. We recognize the work being done by state procurement offices to educate, empower, and provide for the elected officials, vendors, and taxpayers. State procurement officials, through their professionalism, set the standard for best value in their states and act as stewards of the public trust. As leaders in their field, procurement staff create efficient government and strive for excellence.
The World Health Organization has declared a global state of emergency due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The ramifications of the travel bans relating to the outbreak and slowed manufacturing due to shortages of labor and raw materials means vendors in your supply chain may be affected.
To learn more on what to expect and recommendations on managing risk in the supply chain, keep reading.
We are kicking off this year by hitting the road to visit some of our academic partners and their students Keep reading if your office is interested in:
Recruiting and retaining emerging talent
Staying up to date on resources offered by academic partners
Continuing education opportunities