NIGP Headliner Series

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The NIGP Headliner Series feature compact sessions on the most current procurement topics that impact your career, your entity, and your community.

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The Series gets right to the heart of the matter by identifying the hard facts of these procurement headlines and how it may impact you or your entity. These series analyze the critical challenges faced in the profession, and offer practical solutions from subject matter experts to help you make informed decisions. Handouts will be provided at the end of each session.

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Priced affordably with our members’ budget constraints top of mind.

  • Get sound advice from subject matter experts and make informed decisions.
  • Ask questions and receive answers in real time.
  • Share YOUR experiences, exchange ideas and brainstorm solutions.

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Navigating Multiple Federal Funds Guidelines

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The federal government awards hundreds of billions of dollars in grants to state and local governments each year. These grants help finance a broad range of services, including health care, education, social services, infrastructure, and public safety. But agencies must ensure effective management and oversight of these grants.

The relationship between new and existing programs can complicate a state and local government’s ability to:

  • Identify/design programs eligible for available funding
  • Develop competitive grant applications (where necessary)
  • Manage significantly more simultaneous projects than historical funding level allowed
  • Comply with Uniform Guidance and other applicable rules related to federal funds
  • Report as required by the federal granting agency

And with increased federal funding comes increased responsibilities. State and local governments can benefit from developing strategies to align the available funding to their most pressing priorities.

In an effort to help procurement professionals stay informed on the federal funding landscape, this upcoming session focuses on new guidelines that were released this summer by the Department of the Treasury and many other federal agencies. (This session discloses new information - not to be confused with the Federal Funds Headliner held in January 2022).

During this session, we’ll dissect the implications and ramifications of these federal funds. For example, ARPA is still firmly in place with new procurement guidelines, however, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) which provides approximately $350 billion in Federal highway programs over a five-year period (fiscal years 2022 – 2026) may not be an option.  Add to this, understanding the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) with new compliance and reporting responsibilities for recipients. Not to mention, Build America/Buy America and Justice 40 and their new procurement guidelines. There’s so much to know and so much to comprehend. Needless to say, all public procurement professionals should plan on attending this session to learn more about the opportunities and guardrails placed around these funds.

Emily Brock

Director, Federal Liaison Center
Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) 

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CYBERSECURITY…The Risks You May Not Know About. Are You Willing to Take Them?

Our entity's data is becoming more and more valuable, yet we are moving away from on-premises software solutions and opting to entrust the safeguarding of our most valuable asset to contractors and third-parties. Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly prevalent, and making headlines daily. How do we determine whether our data will be safe, and what steps can we take to address the consequences of a cyber attack on our data? 


Nathan Dawson
Procurement Manager II
South Carolina Fiscal Accountability Authority

Stephanie Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPB, CTPE
Corporate Procurement Program Manager
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Maria S. Thompson
State and Local Government Executive Government Advisor - Cybersecurity  Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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Inflation & Higher Prices...Managing Costs in a Volatile Market


Paul J. Brennan, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
Director of Purchasing, County of Rockland, NY

Buying during inflationary times is challenging.  Add supply chain disruptions to the mix and these challenges may seem insurmountable. This informative session highlights what steps public procurement professionals can take to mitigate cost increases.  Discover new methods and approaches to manage price increase requests from suppliers and learn what cost management strategies public procurement agencies can implement during these volatile times.


Procurement experts demystify Federal Grants Funding. Learn the rules attached to specific sources of funding and how to correctly report for auditing purposes.

Part I – General Information, Guidance, and Best Practices



  • Diane Palmer-Boeck, CPPO, Director of Procurement and Project Management, City of Plano, TX
  • Kellie Pendleton, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP, Purchasing Manager, City of Plano, TX



  • Terry L. McKee, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, MPA, C.P.M. CPCP, Procurement Director, Knoxville's Community Development Corp - The Public Housing & Redevelopment Authority
  • Penny Owens, CPPO, NIGP-CPP, Purchasing Agent, City of Knoxville
  • Zac Christensen, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, Director of Purchasing and Contracts, Utah State Board of Education

Part II - Federal Grant Funding Current Issues Related to ARPA and the CARES Act


  • Emily Brock, Director, Federal Liaison Center, Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) 


  • Dr. Kim Abrego, PT, DPT, COO and President, Disaster Recovery Services
  • Shelley Vineyard, MBA, RTSBA, Procurement Practice Leader, Disaster Recovery Services
  • Brian Meneghan, E.I.T., LEED® AP, Account Executive/Energy Systems Specialist, Carrier Corporation
  • Bill Symon, Director of Sales – SLED Central, Gordian

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The pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of the global supply chain - that’s the usually invisible pathway of manufacturing, transportation and logistics that gets goods from where they are manufactured, mined, or grown to where they are going. Scarcity has caused the prices of many things to go higher.  

Session 1 – “The Current and Future State of Supply Chain Shortages”


  • Robert Handfield, PhD

Session 2 – Panel Discussion of Public Procurement Professionals


  • Stéphanie Dion, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
  • Amber Yates, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CPM, 
  • Michael Bevis, Esq., NIGP-CPP, JD, CPPO, CPSM, C.P.M.

Government Partner:


Now more than ever, regardless of the organizational structure within a state or local entity, Finance and Procurement must form an interconnected relationship to best serve the public. This interactive series explores the crucial role procurement plays to improve financial management outcomes, current trends in public finance, and effective tools and strategies to solve common problems facing all entities. 

Speaker:  Mike Mucha, Deputy Executive Director / Director, Research and Consulting, Government, Finance Officers Association

Part 1: Integration of Finance and Procurement   

  • Placement of procurement in an organization
  • Getting a “Seat at the Table”
  • Adding value to capital planning, budgeting, grant administration, and performance management
  • Building better relationships and initiating change

Part II: Leveraging Procurement to Address Common Challenges 

  • Lessons from the fiscal crisis: COVID-19 experiences, budget control, and procurement's role in fiscal sustainability
  • Meeting customer expectations and taking a lean process improvement approach to procurement
  • The procurement officer’s role in budgeting and making better decisions
  • Risk management
  • Promoting transparency and trust

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New Negotiation Strategies for Today’s Market

Negotiations in 2022 are a whole new ball game. Because of commodity price increases, logistics and transportation issues, the pandemic, and climate change issues, procurement professionals must approach negotiations with a different mindset and skillset.

The ability to negotiate is important in any field, however, it’s especially critical in today’s market.

The New Normal

Many suppliers are now avoiding fixed price contracts, contracts tied to indices, most-favored-nations clauses, etc. This enlightening Headliner discusses the current new normal in today’s market and the impact on negotiations for contracts, along with suggested solutions and approaches.

Government Partner:



  • Drew Tuller, Public Sector Program Manager, Office Depot
  • Krystal Gilbert Schafer, Office Depot, Program Manager – Public Sector Cooperatives
  • Scott Clark, Government Sales Manager, Ford Motor Company
  • Greg James, Vice President, Business Development - DroneUp


  • Cara Bocx, CPPB, Senior Procurement & SBE/DBE Specialist, Community Transit, Everett, WA
  • Carrie Mathes, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, APP, CPPB, C.P.M., CFCM, MPA, Procurement Manager, Orange County, FL
  • Stacy Adams, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, Director of Statewide Sourcing, State of South Carolina, Division of Procurement Services
  • Zac Christensen, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, Director of Purchasing and Contracts, Utah State Board of Education