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To Growth and Beyond: NASBO Fiscal Survey of States

It’s important to stay up-to-date on the nationwide trends for revenue and state spending. These trends affect the resources available for you to do your work and the long-term financial health of your state. 2019 marks the ninth consecutive year of moderate growth in both state spending and revenue growth according to currently enacted budgets. General fund spending for 2019 grew by 5.8 percent when compared to general fund spending in 2018. This increased general fund spending is followed by a projected 4 percent growth in general fund revenues for 2020 with a 3.7 percent increase in projected general fund spending based on proposed governor budgets. Let’s examine the current and projected financial situation of states further.

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Just Released: NASPO’s Mentorship Toolkit!

Do you have recruitment and retention issues in your office? Are you looking for a way to retain institutional knowledge in your department? Implementing a formal mentorship program in your office can have numerous benefits. Talent management strategies and increasing employee retention in state public procurement offices have been among NASPO’s Top 10 priorities for the past five years. Mentorship programs can be a relatively low-cost tool you can use to attract new employees. Formal mentorship programs provide your employees with continuing educational opportunities and are widely known to contribute to career success. Indeed, having a formal mentorship program is one of the criteria Fortune uses when creating their list of “Best Companies to Work For!”

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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 Releases 2019 Top Priorities

Just released!!
Based on a ranking from state CPOs, the 2019 Top Ten Priorities and Five Horizon Issues for State Procurement reflect current nationwide priorities as well as forward-looking issues that are likely to impact state procurement.
Throughout 2019, NASPO will develop programs, conference sessions, research and publications around these important focus areas.
The two lists, Top 10 Priorities and Top 5 Horizon Issues for State Procurement, reflect current nationwide priorities as well as forward-looking issues that are likely to impact state procurement. To see the lists, click through to read more!

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Michael A Jones at a podium

Reflecting on 2018

Warmest holiday greetings fellow NASPO members,
As the 2018 calendar fades into 2019 and my Presidential tenure draws to a close, this is truly a time of reflection on all that has transpired over the past year. To say it has been an historic year in the life of NASPO does not adequately capture all that has occurred over the last 12 months.
In January 2018, a small NASPO staff of nine, primarily working in Lexington, joined the executive team led by CEO Lindle Hatton. That team of dedicated staff continues to grow and develop as NASPO assumes the remaining operations of our association, including the recent alignment with our cooperative purchasing arm, NASPO ValuePoint. Beginning in 2019, NASPO will become a fully independent, standalone organization dedicated to supporting the needs of public procurement professionals across the nation.
In March, NASPO members traveled to New York City for the 2018 NASPO Exchange Conference. This unique event once again attracted a record number of state procurement professionals, suppliers, small business leaders and government stakeholders, outpacing the previous year’s record attendance by 11 percent.

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Do We Need Net Neutrality?

Have you ever been frustrated at the slow internet speed, or experienced buffering while streaming a live ball game, or your favorite TV, Netflix, or Hulu show? We’ve all been there. In many cases, the slow speed is not intentional, but due to poor server configuration or high traffic providers are experiencing at a particular time. Now, imagine this has become the norm, because of government deregulation that now allows Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to dictate which customers get faster or slower traffic depending on how much customers pay for their services. Welcome to the network (net) neutrality debate!
To some, net neutrality may seem like just another new buzzword, but it is not a new concept. Back in the 1960s, AT&T had a monopoly of the phone industry, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had to step in so that market competition was fostered to give consumer more options, as well as lower prices.
Those in favor of net neutrality believe that ISPs and network providers should treat their customers (a.k.a. “traffic”) equally as they navigate to and from any web site, application, or device. Being “net-neutral” refers to ISPs not artificially slowing down, speeding up, throttling, or setting data limits for any resources the customer is trying to access through the ISP’s connection. Keep in mind, a “customer” in this context can refer to a consumer in their home, a business, or a government agency. In other words, proponents of net neutrality argue that ISPs should not be allowed to play favorites and allow online content providers (or content owned by the ISP’s parent company) preferential treatment over another, especially if one provider pays more than another for traffic. What does this all mean? Large private businesses with deep pockets could get faster internet while the rest of us watch the buffering icon spin.
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Welcome to Procurement Pulse!

Welcome to Procurement Pulse!
Procurement by federal, state, and local governments in the United States amounts to $7 trillion dollars of annual spend, and state procurement makes up a significant portion of that number. With a dollar amount that contains that many zeros (twelve of them, to be exact), it’s not hard to see why discussing and sharing ideas on best practices and emerging issues in state procurement is of utmost importance.
NASPO’s Procurement Pulse aims to be your go-to resource for emerging and horizon issues in state procurement. NASPO staff and members will be bringing you engaging and relevant content on a myriad of procurement issues, including, but not limited to NASPO’s Top Ten Priorities for State Procurement and Top 3 Horizon Issues. Check out these key rankings for 2018 straight from state Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) at the bottom of this post.
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