COVID-19 Resources for the Procurement Professional

NIGP provides these resources for public procurement professionals.  Inclusion on this list does not connote an endorsement by NIGP.

We will be updating the list as more and more up-to-date resources become available. Please contact Ronni Levine at if there are additional resources you think we should consider including.
Corona Virus

Call for Participants - NIGP Research

Project: Public Procurement on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Crisis

NIGP is seeking participants for a study conducted in collaboration with faculty from Florida Atlantic University and the University of Illinois-Springfield in order to learn from and directly address procurement issues resulting from COVID-19.

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Paradigm Shifts: Who Moved My Office?
November 17, 2020
2:00 - 3:30 PM

Brought to you by: National Cooperative Procurement Partners

Working off the philosophy of the book/concept, “Who Moved My Cheese?”, Tammy Rimes MPA will take this concept and relate it to public procurement. Whether it’s reworking existing policies, allowing new processes to accommodate social distancing and shifts in daily operations, it is time to reflect on how we conducted procurement processes in the past and what is possible for the future. While COVID19 has been a terrible event, it has pushed teams to becoming more creative and develop new ways to be strategic while taking care of daily business. . Featuring a panel of procurement professionals to share their insights and changes that were implemented within their own operations including moving to a virtual office, handling COVID in addition to protests and weather events, managing morale and team activities, addressing upcoming budget constraints and cutbacks, all while keeping operations running smoothly. After 2020, procurement life will never be the same again.

Speakers:  Tammy Rimes, MPA with Panelists: Stacy Gregg, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, Bob Perkins, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, Denise Schneider, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., C.M., and Diane Seaton, CPPO, CPPB


Dealing with Anxiety & Depression

Fear and sadness are normal reactions to events and circumstances that create stress for us.  However, when anxiety attacks become frequent and low moods are more severe and tend to persist, there is reason for concern. In this webinar, the presenters will talk about how anxiety and depression has effected them and their family members. All three presenters will share personal experiences in the hope that you and others you know can benefit from them. None of the three presenters are qualified mental health professionals; so, no one should attend this webinar with the expectation that they will be given professional guidance. Questions are welcome and encouraged during the webinar.

Dr. Stephen B. Gordon, CPPO, Ph.D., FNIGP, Norma Hall, CPPO, CPPB, FNIGP, CPM and Darin Matthews, CPPO, CPSM, FNIGP, C.P.M.

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Administering Change: Solutions to Managing Remote Workforce Environments - Part 2: Policy, Technology, and Supplier Relations

Presented by: Sharita Bryant, CPPB, VCM, VCO, VCA, Marcheta Gillespie, FNIGP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., CPM, Kate Rotella, CPPO, MPA, Jon Stodola, and Todd Slater, Ph.D.

Globally, we continue to tackle the impacts of a socially distanced workforce and adjust the cornerstones of our business operations. During Part 1 of our webinar series, we focused on human resources; the impacts to the people and performance.  In Part 2 of our series, we will focus on the impact to business operations, specifically how we are managing the impacts to policy, technology and supplier relations.  We continue to refine our management of this new season, and how best to engage and build relationships with our peers, our staff, our customers, our suppliers...even our community.  Our panel of experts will be sharing their own experiences with challenges and ways you can leverage these opportunities to create better business operations.

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Leading Virtually
Enhance your skills in the virtual environment by learning to engage customers and mastering the necessary technology.

Speaker: Victor Leamer, CPPB

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Beyond COVID - The Long-term Impacts on Procurement

Brought to you by Negometrix

The current lockdown situation is temporary but the changes to the way that our world works will likely persist long after. What would have taken years in the shift towards digitization and remote working, has happened in a matter of months. Among other things, agencies can expect to see greater demand for cloud-based options for securely receiving and evaluating bids and proposals. Luckily, cloud-based eProcurement solutions can enable remote teamwork and cooperation while increasing vendor participation.

In this webinar, The City of Leesburg, Florida shares their experience of going digital and our panel discusses some of the changes we are seeing in supplier behavior, procurement processes, and what we can expect in the future.

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Managing Change: Solutions to Managing Remote Work Environments - Part 1: The People

Are you struggling to manage thru the impacts Covid-19 has brought to your working environment? Are you working through how best to manage your remote workforce? Are you still trying to figure out how to manage these two worlds from the confines of a single place? These are trying times and it can be difficult to engage with your peers, your staff, your customers, your suppliers...even your community from your home. In this two-part series, our panel of experts will be discussing experiences and key practices for effectively creating and maintaining a healthy remote culture for your entity. Part One of the series will focus on the 3 Ps of the human side of a remote workforce: People/Performance, Policies and Procedures and Processes.

Presenters: Sharita Bryant, CPPB, VCM, VCO, VCA, Marcheta Gillespie, FNIGP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., CPM, Kate Rotella, CPPO, MPA, Jon Stodola, and Todd Slater, Ph.D.

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Mitigating Supply Failures During Future Widespread Emergencies: An Interactive Discussion Involving the Attendees & Facilitators

State and local procurement officials have experienced many challenges and disappointments while seeking to acquire sorely needed medical equipment and supplies in a chaotic marketplace. As dedicated public servants, they are saddened that so many people -- including first responders, healthcare staff, patients, patients’ families, and other members of the general public – have been adversely impacted by their inability to fulfill requirements for essential items. This webinar will provide an interactive forum for the consideration of measures that can assure, to the extent possible, that the goods and services that will be needed in the next widespread emergency will be available timely and at reasonable prices.

Hosted by: Dr. Stephen B. Gordon, CPPO, PH.D., FNIGP
Presenters: Norma J. Hall, FNIGP, CPPO, David P. Gragen, CPPO, FNAPA, and Harold Good, CPPO

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Digging into the data: How COVID-19 and Remote Work Impacted Procurement

Brought to you by Bonfire

Presented by: Omar Salaymeh, Executive Director of Customer Success, Bonfire

Omar Salaymeh taps into the Bonfire database of tens of thousands of public sector bids and RFPs to unearth how procurement teams have been affected by COVID-19 and remote work.

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Force Majeure & Emergency Situations

Listen to this panel discussion to gain insight into how your contract management is affected by today's unprecedented challenges.

Speakers: Richard Pennington, CPPO, J.D., LL.M., Lynda Allair, CPPO, and Barbara Johnson, CPPO, CPPB, MPA

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Navigating a Disrupted Workforce: A Discussion on Procurement's Role in the COVID-19 Pandemic

How are procurement departments navigating the challenges that have arise with the COVID-19 outbreak? 

Hosted by NIGP's CEO Rick Grimm
Speakers: Carrie Mathes, Procurement Manager, Orange County, FL; Jack Pellegrino, Director of Purchasing and Contracting, County of San Diego, CA; Lynda Allair, Retired, Ministry of Finance, Ontario, CA; Stacy Lynn Adams, Deputy State Procurement Officer, State of South Carolina and Andrea Philyaw, Procurement Director, Loudoun County Public Schools, VA

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Presented by ASCM, the Association for Supply Chain Management and Supply Chain Canada.

How are organizations currently handling the repercussions of corona virus on their global supply chains and what you can do to help mitigate risk for your organization.

Hosted by Elizabeth Rennie, Editor-in-Chief of SCM Now Magazine.
Speakers: Jim Kilpatrick, Deloitte Consulting and Greg Schlegel, founder of the Supply Chain Risk Consortium

Evolution of Procurement Podcast - Darin Matthews, FNIGP, CPPO, CPSM, Negometrix

Darin speaks with NIGP CEO, Rick Grimm, FNIGP, CPPO, CPPB about the impacts of COVID-19 on both NIGP and the procurement space, the new NIGP-CPP, the future of procurement, and much more.


Reporting Procurement Fraud

Procurement Community Support

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Emergency Procurement in Multi-Event Scenarios

Catapulting procurement professionals into uncharted, unprecedented and unpredictable waters.

By Marcheta Gillespie & John Walters – NIGP Consulting


NIGP Transitional Membership

During these times of unprecedented change and disruption, NIGP is here to support our members in all circumstances.

Individual Members covered under an agency membership who become unemployed can establish a complimentary, 6-month individual membership to allow continuation of non-fee based member benefits while seeking employment.

Transitional 6-month Memberships at no cost

Call 800-367-6447 or email

Relevant Learning

  • Managing Remote Employees
    Provides managers with tips for helping their remote workers stay connected and motivated.

    Member & Non-Member: $70
    Contact Hours: 3 | CEUs: .3


New Report from Bonfire

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Call for Participants-NIGP Research

Project: Sharing Public Procurement Lessons from COVID-19

NIGP is seeking participants for a study conducted in collaboration with Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, and the University of Illinois-Springfield.

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