Tag: NASPO 2019

Cybersecurity

The State of Cybersecurity: 3 Bold Plays for Change

In March 2018, the city of Atlanta suffered a ransomware attack that compromised the data of their employees and anyone who conducted business with the state and ended costing $2.6 million in emergency contract efforts[1]. When Louisiana was attacked in November of 2019, 10% of the state’s servers were infiltrated and some 1,500 computers were damaged.  These examples demonstrate cybersecurity should be a top priority for procurement officers to protect the sensitive information of both vendors and staff. Understanding the issues and goals of your state Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) can pave the road toward a more productive working relationship and allow procurement officers to address increasing cybersecurity threats as partners.

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Day in the Life

A Day in the Life: Norma Hall

2019 Mazzone Award winner, Norma Hall and 2019 Mazzone Committee Chair, Monica WilkesDuring the Annual Conference we announce that year’s recipient of the Mazzone Award. The prestigious Mazzone Award recognizes the exemplary service of procurement officials to the public purchasing profession. Today we are catching up with Norma Hall, the 2019 Mazzone Award winner who discusses her career accomplishments and the importance of certification and giving back to the public procurement community. Her passion for public procurement was palpable throughout our interview and incredibly inspiring.
Norma Hall’s career in public procurement is the very definition of exemplary service to the state of South Carolina.  A NASPO member for 15 years, Norma has served on numerous boards and committees for almost every public procurement association. Norma is a multi-award-winning procurement professional with a dedicated mission of giving back to the profession that she cares for so much. Read more “A Day in the Life: Norma Hall”
Transparency

Create Your Road Map to Transparency!

Imagine having to justify every decision you’ve ever made, to anyone who asks.  Transparency is the cornerstone of the entire procurement process and is necessary throughout the contracting lifecycle, from the definition of need to the expiration of the contract. Recently, the OECD, an international nonprofit, created a “Transparency Checklist” to assist public procurement professionals in reaching their transparency goals. Procurement Pulse breaks down the three founding principles listed in the checklist and highlights what to include in your office’s transparency checklist.

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Procurement Professionalization

Don’t Get Left Behind, Get Certified!

Many professionals reach a point in their career when they ask themselves: Should I get certified? Whether you work in IT or the healthcare industry, public procurement or supply chain management, we all know certifications matter. We also know that getting certified is a big-time commitment and requires financial resources.

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News

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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Cronin Awards

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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Annual Conference

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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Conference Recap

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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