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Cyber insurance is turning into a minefield for growing numbers of public sector organizations: Standards are elusive. Coverage, premiums, and insurability requirements are inconsistent. Insurers also have their own issues. High-profile breaches and ransomware attacks on public sector organizations have made it difficult to accurately assess risks and provide effective coverage for critical public services. This training addresses how public sector organizations can help address some of these cyber insurance and self-insurance uncertainties. We open with the leading cyber threats for public sector agencies and then explore the rationale for using cloud tools to improve risk management in government agencies. Next, we summarize the primary challenges that must be overcome. We close with the top cybersecurity controls and best practices for using cloud tools to reduce risk and ensure business continuity in a cyberattack.


“I wish it took me a little longer to buy technology,” said no one ever. Technology has undergone massive transformation in the last decade with a profusion of purpose-built, user-centric options. Now, as public sector customers begin transforming their technology by replacing on-premise hardware with cloud and adopting software marketplaces, finance and procurement need to know how to support these this transformation. This session discusses how cloud technology and software marketplaces are transforming IT procurement in the public sector.

A Layered Approach to Securing Your Organization's Environment

Help protect your organization from security risks, data breaches and malware attacks. Learn how Canon Solutions America's 5 pillars of security can help you mitigate those risks.

Reframing Possible: The Critical Role Procurement Plays in Re-Building Resilient Communities with the Use of Federal Funding

Does your procurement department have a plan beyond responding to sourcing needs in the wake of a catastrophic event? Join Disaster Recovery Services as we discuss the procurement professional’s role in developing a disaster recovery strategy that looks beyond emergency response to positioning your organization for building community resilience with the use of federal funding.

Innovative Federal Procurement Strategies: Sedgwick County's Shuttered Venue Operator Grant (Case Study)

In the current era of generous federal funding, many public entities find themselves in the role of ‘recipient’ and therefore set the procurement compliance standards for eligible ‘subrecipients’ who are often not familiar with or accustomed to public procurement rules and regulations. Add period of performance requirements, such as with ARPA funding, and a whole new layer of procurement challenges have to be managed.

Sedgwick County, Kansas, faced this exact scenario. Through the collaborative efforts and expertise of the County, the Arena’s third-party management company, federal disaster grant consultants, and suppliers, an innovative yet compliant plan was initiated utilizing ARPA funding to bring about much-needed renovations to the county arena to better serve and promote a healthy community.

Join us as we use this case study to discuss the need for innovative procurement strategies to achieve successful outcomes for resilient communities using COVID-19 federal funding sources.


  • Dr. Kim Abrego, PT, DPT, COO and President 


  • Shelley Vineyard, MBA, NIGP-CPP, RTSBA, Procurement Practice Leader

Building a New Movement for Collaboration in the Digital Age

If you’ve ever asked a procurement peer “Do you have a contract I can use?”, you know: the spirit of collaboration in public procurement is strong. Cooperative purchasing and piggybacking allows public agencies to share contracts to deliver better, faster public services to the public. But even now in 2022, finding the right contract at the right time often feels like a losing game of “Go, Fish”! How can you leverage technology (and the wisdom of your peers) to minimize the time you spend on the logistics of collaboration and maximize its benefits to your agency and the public? In this session, you’ll learn from procurement leaders pushing the boundaries of procurement collaboration in the digital age.

Howdy, Neighbor: Regional Models for Collaboration

Learn about the world of cooperative purchasing from regional collaboration experts! While national purchasing cooperatives and state agencies offer valuable cooperative contracting resources, increasingly local agencies are collaborating on procurement to save time and money. In this session, you’ll hear from local leaders about their different approaches to cooperative procurement in their region, how they organize joint solicitations and best practices for creating and sharing cooperative contracts across a region-specific group. You’ll learn about the benefits and challenges of regional collaboration and leave with actionable insights that will help you strengthen purchasing collaboration in your own region.

Embracing Technology to Improve Supplier Diversity & Vendor Performance



  • Britton Cronin

The Impact of COVID-19 on Manufacturing

Join us for a discussion on the implications that COVID-19 had on the Global Manufacturing industry and what business looks like moving forward.  Hear from Government Practitioners and Suppliers who experienced firsthand the effects of increased demand, pricing, and supply chain-related issues.


  • Jon Stodola, CSE, Regional Business Manager


  • Boyd Montgomery, Regional Business Manager

Business Council Presentations - Group

That Was Then, This is Now – Why Suppliers are Still Choosing to No Bid

New Resource!

The NIGP Business Council's new white paper, titled "That Was Then, This Is Now: Why Suppliers Are Still Choosing To No Bid."

What’s At Issue

Government & Education entities sometimes issue complex solicitations with extraordinary requirements, which can result in complicated and costly contract administration.

  • Why It Matters

Just as procurement professionals analyze the total cost of procurement, suppliers must also determine the costs and benefits of responding to a competitive solicitation opportunity.

  • Suppliers may determine the cost of proposing for a given project is too high, resulting in a “no-bid” outcome.

 What’s Next

In this session, members of the NIGP Business Council will join local procurement practitioners in a panel discussion.

  • How You Benefit

This highly interactive session will engage the audience as they interact with the panel and audience colleagues.

The Evolving Practitioner-Supplier Conversation: Bringing Value to the Procurement Profession

Requires 2 panel participants from your Chapter

Join a panel of respected procurement practitioners and NIGP Business Council (NBC) supplier representatives for an interactive workshop on the evolution of the supplier – practitioner relationship.  From ‘We No Bid’ to ‘Finding Common Ground’, we will facilitate discussions that highlight the dynamic between practitioners and suppliers, providing tools that you can use to continue these conversations within your own entity.

  • Discover the NIGP Business Council (NBC) and the value that the NBC can bring to your organization.
  • Explore the supplier-practitioner relationship and how conversations and collaboration can improve solicitation outcomes.
  • Use tangible tools referenced in this session to improve the supplier-practitioner relationship

Contemporary Business Practices: Finding Common Ground

Finding mutually beneficial partnerships to ensure fair competition and inclusion to achieve your entity’s new regulation goals.


After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:

  1. Review current social and ethical business practices
  2. Review current environmental sustainability practices
  3. Review how suppliers are developing programs that promote diversity, transparency, respect and inclusion
  4. How to adopt new vendor scoring methods that reflect these practices