The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), Inc. was formally established on January 29, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois.
NASPO is a non-profit association dedicated to advancing public procurement through leadership, excellence, and integrity. It is made up of the directors of the central purchasing offices in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the territories of the United States. NASPO is an organization that helps its members achieve success as public procurement leaders through promotion of best practices, education, professional development, research, and innovative procurement strategies.
Read NASPO’s Mission, Vision Statement and Values
Educating and Informing
Through conferences, research, informative publications, and various member benefit programs, NASPO is dedicated to providing educational and information-sharing opportunities to the state government procurement community. Here are some examples:
NASPO, in collaboration with the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, formed and supports the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) to encourage certification of public procurement professionals. The UPPCC awards the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) designation and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation to those in the public purchasing arena. For additional information about the UPPCC, visit www.uppcc.org.
The NASPO Network is an online collaboration and communication forum for members to ask questions, exchange information and share solutions virtually instantaneously.
The association also publishes various research briefs and reference publications, which serve as guides for procurement officials as well as suppliers who do business with the states.
NASPO presents an annual NASPO Exchange Conference for suppliers interested in learning state procurement processes, laws, policies and procedures.
NASPO also holds an Annual Conference and regional conferences, which provide members with excellent networking opportunities as well as chances to participate in sessions on timely and relevant public procurement issues.
The NASPO Board of Directors adopted a strategic planning in June 2014 to guide the association’s activities and services. A summary of the strategic plan is available here.
The NASPO bylaws were last updated in March 2020.
NASPO President's ( George Schutter ) Message
Happy New Year, NASPO friends and colleagues! I am so pleased to begin the new year as the president of this professional association. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of some incredible leaders, and I look forward to my tenure to continue on with support and innovation in our public procurement profession.
Throughout the year, I hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities to attend NASPO conferences, receive online trainings through Procurement U, participate in regional council calls and much more. I encourage you to take advantage of the benefits your NASPO membership has to offer. There are ample ways to get involved in this great association, and I hope that you consider participating in a new way in 2020. We need your support! The unique perspectives each of you brings to our association benefits us all.
This year, I am especially looking forward to seeing many of you at the educational and networking events NASPO has planned. If you have not already done so, I hope you will register soon for our first major event of 2020; the NASPO Exchange in Nashville, Tennessee, March 24-26. The NASPO Exchange provides a truly unique environment for public procurement professionals and suppliers to develop relationships that support efficient, transparent and fair procurements. To learn more about the 2020 NASPO Exchange, or to register, click here. You can mark your calendars for NASPO’s future scheduled events by visiting this page.
I am again honored and humbled for the opportunity to serve as your NASPO President 2020. It’s going to be a great year!
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