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.
Spread the Word–It’s Procurement Awareness Month!
What is public procurement? You would not believe the range of responses I got when I asked a handful of my university classmates and peers this exact question. Admittedly, the responses were not pretty. They began with a “Uhhhh” and ended with “I have no idea.” Sometimes, I even just got a blank stare.
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Connections: Elevating State Procurement
At NASPO, connections are the lifeblood of our organization. We are truly grateful to have had so many wonderful connections with you this past year and look forward to building stronger connections in the year to come. Read more “Connections: Elevating State Procurement “
4 Steps for Dealing with Price Volatility in Commodities
It has been over a year and a half since Covid-19 hit our borders. As a procurement professional, you have had a front-row seat. You’ve stepped up despite sometimes having little to no experience in procuring specialty items like masks and gowns. Now, with new variants emerging, supply chain disruptions, and a shortage of goods and services (i.e., meats, cars, and employees), state procurement offices continue facing volatile commodity pricing. As we enter the holiday season, how can state procurement officials best navigate these uncertain markets? Read more “4 Steps for Dealing with Price Volatility in Commodities “
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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Recruitment. Here We Go Again!
Let’s continue to talk about the talent supply chain.
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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Are you cyber smart?
Share how you and your department are taking steps to #BeCyberSmart and stay secure during #CybersecurityAwarenessMonth!
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Cybersecurity, CIO-CPO Relationships, & the NASCIO/NASPO Paper
Is your state fully integrating cybersecurity into the acquisition process? Do you know what that should look like?
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