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  • Procurement Toolbox

    Procurement Toolbox

    The new NASPO Procurement Toolbox holds the fundamental topics of the public procurement process in an easy-to-access format, no log-on required. Perfect for new staff, or a five-minute refresher, the first issues are available now:
    • Issue 1 – Introduction to Procurement
    • Issue 2 – Importance of Ethical Procurement
    • Issue 3 – Market Research
    • Issue 4 – Solicitation Methods
    • Issue 5 – Contract Evaluation and Award
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  • NASPO TECH NEXT SERIES

    NASPO TECH NEXT SERIES

    Electric Vehicles and Hybrid VehiclesIn this edition of the Tech Next In this edition of the Tech Next series, we will explore: What is an EV, EV capabilities, Total cost of ownership, What the central procurement office can do to help prepare your state for an increase in EV use. DOWNLOAD
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  • Emergency Preparedness for State Procurement Officials Guide

    Emergency Preparedness for State Procurement Officials Guide

    This guide is designed to support the evaluation of procurement office preparedness to support an emergency situation. An emergency generally means an extraordinary event which occurs with very little time to develop a unique concept of response for that event. This paper identifies issues to consider before, during and after a catastrophic event, highlights potential problem areas of which to be aware, and offers suggested best practices.
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  • State Central Procurement Officials Rank Priorities for 2020

    State Central Procurement Officials Rank Priorities for 2020

    Based on input from state CPOs, the 2020 Top 10 Priorities for State Procurement reflect core procurement issues nationwide. Leading Procurement Strategy Statewide is the front-runner for the new year, holding steady among the most important topics for the past six years.  Providing leadership for statewide planning, policy setting, centralized oversight and data-gathering and analysis will be front and center for state central procurement leaders. Ranking 2nd this year, Maximizing Statewide eProcurement Utilization and Functionality saw a jump from 2019’s 4th place. Last year’s front-runner, Responsive Services to Agency Stakeholders takes 3rd place for the 2020 list of priorities. For more information, please contact Rebecca Montano-Smith DOWNLOAD
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  • Procurement Tools for Leadership Transitions

    Procurement Tools for Leadership Transitions

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  • Sole Source Procurement

    Sole Source Procurement

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  • Guide to International Trade Agreements

    Guide to International Trade Agreements

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  • NASPO Best Practices

    NASPO Best Practices

    Ethics and Accountability

    Ethics and the professionalization of public procurement have been among NASPO’s Top 10 Priorities for elevating and advancing public procurement for several years. NASPO’s latest research paper, Best Practices: Ethics and Accountability, explores choosing the best path; best practices in ethics programs; conflicts of interest and vendor relations; and adopting proactive transparency practices. Case studies are included at the end of each section, which aim to delve more deeply into these inter-related topics and help illustrate the ethical dilemmas that state procurement officials may encounter. This paper was written as a collaborative effort of the Accountability, Transparency and Conflict of Interest Work Group, led by Valerie Bollinger, Purchasing Manager, Division of Purchasing for the State of Idaho. DOWNLOAD
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  • Michigan’s contract management program receives Gold Cronin Award for Procurement Excellence

    Michigan’s contract management program receives Gold Cronin Award for Procurement Excellence

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 9, 2019)—A proactive contract management program developed by the State of Michigan’s Central Procurement Services achieved the Gold Award, the highest honor in the George Cronin Awards for Procurement Excellence, presented annually by the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). Designed to ensure greater compliance by state agencies and its vendors, Michigan’s Gold Award winning entry “Circumventing Risk with Contract Management,” was selected by the Cronin Awards Committee for its achievements in innovation, transferability, service improvement and cost reduction. “As public procurement professionals, we have the opportunity to implement process improvements and strategies that make government more efficient and effective,” said NASPO President Lisa Eason of Georgia. “For more than 40 years, the Cronin Awards have showcased the value public procurement brings to the table, and I am thrilled to see my colleagues and their home states recognized for their contributions.” The NASPO Cronin Awards were established in 1977 to recognize outstanding and innovative state procurement initiatives while also spotlighting state procurement personnel who have successfully undertaken projects resulting in distinct benefits to their state’s economy and the efficient delivery of services. By calling attention to these efforts, the Cronin Awards seek to raise awareness of these initiatives and encourage adoption by other states. Cronin awardees and finalists create opportunities for implementation of best practices, improving the procurement function nationwide. The 2019 Cronin Awards for Procurement Excellence were presented during the NASPO Annual Conference, September 8-11, 2019, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eighteen projects were submitted for the Cronin Award Committee’s consideration this year. Of those 18, five projects were named Cronin Awards finalists and those states were invited to deliver presentations on their submissions during the NASPO Annual Conference. In addition to Michigan’s Gold Award, Cronin Committee Chair Kelly Sanders of Ohio also presented to the State of Florida’s Division of Purchasing the Silver Cronin Award for its submission, “Market Analysis and Procurement Strategy (MAPS).” MAPS is a detailed process Florida follows to examine previous procurement decisions and determine the best course of action for future purchases. The Cronin Bronze Award went to the State of Minnesota for its submission “Innovation Begets Innovation: How Challenge-Based RFPs Have Been a Winning Solution for Minnesota,” which outlines the Minnesota Connected and Automated Vehicle Challenge. Two additional states were named finalists for this year’s Cronin Awards; the State of New York for their submission, “Online Filed Requirements System” and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for their submission, “Excellent Data = Meaningful Analytics: Improving Vendor Report Information Management.” Beginning in November 2019, NASPO will host a webinar series with each of the five 2019 Cronin Awards finalists. The webinars are free and open to the public. You can view webinars of previous Cronin Award recipients here. The George Cronin Awards for Procurement Excellence have been a foundational part of NASPO’s benefits and member engagement for more than 40 years. To learn more about NASPO and the Cronin Awards, visit www.naspo.org.
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  • George Schutter selected as NASPO President-Elect

    George Schutter selected as NASPO President-Elect

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 20, 2019) – The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) Board of Directors has elected George Schutter of the District of Columbia as the 2019 NASPO President-Elect. Schutter is Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) for the District of Columbia, where he leads the DC Office of Contracting and Procurement, overseeing more than $5.2 billion in acquisitions for more than 78 District agencies. Appointed by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Schutter is charged with the overall leadership, implementation and coordination of procurement activities in accordance with the laws and regulations of DC. Schutter has broad leadership experience in the public and private sectors, serving most recently as the CFO of TechnoServe, an international 501 c3.  Prior to that, he served as Grant Thornton’s US Executive Director of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. He also served in multiple roles in the Peace Corps including the CFO, as well as Director of Contracts for global operations in 74 countries. A former Major in the US Marine Corps, Schutter served for 10 years domestically and abroad, including four years as Director of a Regional Contracting Office. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, Certified Professional Contracts Manager and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He holds degrees in Accounting from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an MS in Acquisitions and Contracts Management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. As a current member of the NASPO Board of Directors, Schutter fills the vacancy of the 2019 NASPO President-Elect position. The bylaws specify that a vacated officer position be filled by a current NASPO Board member. Schutter was the sole nominee and unanimously elected by the NASPO Board of Directors. As 2019 NASPO President-Elect, Schutter will assume the role of NASPO President in January 2020. Following his one-year term as President, Schutter will remain on the NASPO Board of Directors as Immediate Past President until December 31, 2021.
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