To Infinity & Beyond: Preparing for Public Procurement’s Future
2023 has arrived! With the new year comes new priorities, so NASPO has released the 2023 Top Ten Priorities for State Procurement Offices. Annually, CPOs from each state are surveyed to gain insight into the challenges and goals for public procurement in the upcoming year. NASPO Pulse is here to highlight how state procurement is focused on the future.
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NASPO’s Inaugural Supply Chain Case Competition
Engaging the next generations of public procurement professionals is more critical than ever as the role of procurement professionals continues to evolve. What better way to engage the next generation than challenging students to solve some of public procurement’s most significant challenges? And just like that, NASPO’s first public procurement case competition took shape.
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Managing Risk in the Procurement Process
With NASPO’s Law Institute happening this week, it couldn’t be a better time to talk about risk: what is risk; when and where should we look for risk; and how should we mitigate it? Read more “Managing Risk in the Procurement Process”
Considering Outcomes (Not Just Outputs) Through Your KPIs
You’ve been getting complaints that the floors in the procurement office are too sticky. As the administrator of the MRO contract that includes services for your building, you bring up the issue at your next meeting with the supplier. The supplier representative assures you that the floors aren’t sticky. Not only that, but she provides you with a list of data points showing how many times the floors have been mopped, how many total hours the staff have spent mopping, and how many bottles of cleaner they’ve used. You run through the building to show the data to your coworkers, proving to them that the floor isn’t sticky. When you’re done, you muscle your way back to your office, leaving a trail of your shoes and then your socks as they cling to the floor behind you. What’s wrong with this picture?
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Making a Difference with Supplier Diversity
Much has been written about measuring the performance and impacts of supplier diversity initiatives in the private sector. But how much of that can apply to public procurement where the profit motive is not a factor? Pulse is here to help with tips for examining your supplier diversity program.
Talent Management in a Changing World
The post-pandemic way of life has shown us one thing: employees are essential to the success of any organization. As people continue to assess their priorities and leave their jobs for new opportunities, agencies are beginning to understand the importance of employee satisfaction and workplace culture. Read more “Talent Management in a Changing World “
ARPA and IIJA Funds—Is Your Office Ready?
You’ve probably seen the news about the federal money coming to states and cities from the ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) and the IIJA (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act). There is a LOT of money at stake, and this means it is time to plan for a LOT of projects.
Advocating for Yourself and Public Procurement!
Public procurement is an indispensable and crucial function that affects us all no matter who we are, where we live, or what we do.
Student Recruitment: An Interview with Michelle Luong
We had a chance to speak with Michelle Luong, a senior at Penn State University, majoring in Supply Chain & Information Systems with a minor in Information Systems Management. She has completed one co-op at Kimberly-Clark and two summer internships at Bank of America (all within procurement) throughout her time at Penn State. We met Michelle at this year’s NASPO Annual Conference, and we were so captivated by her insight and conversation that we interviewed her on student recruitment into public procurement. The following is part one of our conversation with Michelle on how state procurement offices can better recruit students.
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