Updates from NIGP's CEO

April 10, 2020

In-Person Classes Converted to Virtual Through June

Our primary concern and highest priority continues to be the health, well-being and safety of our members, partners, speakers, instructors and volunteers, and, of course, the NIGP staff.

Based on the latest developments with the Pandemic, NIGP is converting more of our in-person classes to virtual through June 2020 since so many of us are no longer able to travel. Working remotely has become our ‘new norm’, and one of the best ways for professionals to stay engaged is through virtual learning and connecting with peers. While social distancing may be the order of the day we believe, keeping and fostering social connections have never been more important.
Increased Virtual Learning

NIGP is here to support all our members. We are committed to elevating the profession and accelerating your performance with relevant learning. That’s why we’ve been working diligently to deliver more virtual learning options, whether that’s courses, webinars or upcoming virtual conferences.

The benefits of virtual learning are many – including the ability to deliver the same content on the same dates and often with the same NIGP instructor originally assigned to the course. Virtual alternatives provide students, Chapters and the Institute the ability to continue critical learning needed by public procurement professionals today.

Keeping Connected

NIGP will continue to actively monitor the evolving COVID-19 crisis and update our plans accordingly.

Wishing you and your families health and strength,


April 2, 2020

Words cannot express how proud and thankful we are to our public procurement community for working around-the-clock and doing whatever it takes to keep us safe and going during these unprecedented times. We are honored to serve and support you.

Forum 2020

Typically, during this time of year we would be looking forward to plans for NIGP Forum which is scheduled to take place five months from now, from August 23 – 26 in Chicago. Given the unique circumstances we’re currently facing, we realize that many of you may have questions or concerns about NIGP Forum 2020 and we wish to address that.

Our primary concern and highest priority will always be the health, well-being and safety of our members, partners, speakers, instructors, volunteers, and of course our staff. Based on the latest official advisories, we hope that Forum 2020 will continue as planned.

Next Steps

Given the fact that many public entities have delayed decisions on budget and travel approvals until a future date we are taking the following steps:

  1. Extending our early registration period and the $140 discount through to May 31, 2020.
  2. Suspending all cancellation fees through July 15, 2020 to give you the flexibility to register before the early registration period ends with the ability to cancel later if your plans change.

We will continue to actively monitor the latest guidance and travel advisories from all credible global public health authorities, and we will amend and update our plans accordingly.

Continue your awe-inspiring work and we hope to see you in Chicago!

Rick Grimm

March 27, 2020

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March 18, 2020

Based on what we are hearing from the CDC and because the health and safety of our members and their communities is of upmost importance, NIGP is extending the period for rescheduling all in-person classes to a virtual setting through May 15, 2020.

  • March 17, 2020

    With the latest news and advice from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and various government authorities on the COVID-19 pandemic, NIGP has been shifting our practices to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the entire NIGP community from our members, to partners, instructors and staff.

    While we may be living in uncertain times, one thing that has become very certain to me during this past week is that the NIGP community is strong, agile and operating as ONE. For that I am grateful and proud.

    Here are some of the changes we’ve instituted so far:

    • All in-person classes through April 30th are being rescheduled to virtual settings. This process has been working remarkably well in no small part due to the dedication of our amazing group of instructors, chapter and agency partners and staff members who are working round the clock to accommodate.
    • NIGP headquarters will continue to fully operate but will do so on a completely remote basis beginning 3/18 and through the foreseeable future.
    • We have opened the COVID-19 Nsite community as a resource for everyone in our community to share and get updates, ask questions and get advice.

    We will continue to provide updates as needed without overwhelming you. If there’s anything that concerns you, or any resources that we can provide to help you in this difficult time, please let us know.

    Rick Grimm, CPPO, CPPB, FCIPS
    NIGP's Chief Executive Officer

  • March 12, 2020


    Our members are the heart and soul of NIGP. Your health and safety is top-of-mind in everything we do. Therefore, effective now through April 30th, NIGP is converting all in-person scheduled courses to a digital format or rescheduling for a later date. If you are currently registered for an upcoming in-person course, NIGP will contact you in the coming days. Thank you for your patience and cooperation and above all be safe.

    If you have questions, please contact NIGP Customer Care by email at customercare@nigp.org or by calling 703-736-8900.

    NIGP continues to monitor this emerging and rapidly evolving situation and we will keep you updated on courses scheduled from May – July 2020.

  • March 10, 2020

    The health, safety and well-being of our member community is always top of mind as we plan any NIGP event, large or small. We know many of you may have concerns with the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. We hope this information will help address those concerns.

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently rates the health risk of COVID-19 as low to the general public in North America.As a result, NIGP:

    1. NIGP will continue to hold all our in-person classes as planned. NIGP is also expanding its virtual and self-paced offerings for your continued professional development.

    2. We are working through our Forum planning for Chicago. We realize that some of you are facing current and potential travel restrictions, which may impact registrations already submitted. As your health and safety are paramount, we are considering a variety of flexible options.

    We recognize this is an emerging and rapidly evolving situation. Therefore, NIGP has created an internal team that will meet regularly to monitor the progression of the virus based on all credible sources. If, and when, the CDC provides updates, we will take appropriate action and communicate those plans to the broader NIGP community via our website and through any other relevant communication channels.

    Over the weeks and months, we will do our utmost to keep you informed while mitigating the impact on the delivery of our services.


    We ask that you observe the following:

    • Be attentive to alerts and warning levels issued by the CDC

    • Avoid attending training if:
      • You have travelled to/from/through Mainland China, South Korea, Iran or Italy in the past 14 days or have been in close contact with someone who has
      • You have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis
      • You have a fever, or you feel sick

    • During the training, we ask that you observe CDC recommendations for everyday preventative actions to maintain individual health:
      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
      • Avoid handshakes and hugs
      • Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have a fever
      • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
      • Don’t share food and drinks
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

    Classroom Environment

    We are communicating with the Chapter Professional Development Volunteers and Agencies regarding steps they should follow to provide a safe learning environment.

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