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2024

  • FEBRUARY 28, 2024

    Networking285_2745599.jpgNIGP FORUM 2024
    Scholarships Available
    Deadline to Apply: March 6

    Thanks to our government partner Sourcewell, we're offering scholarships once again to NIGP members who lack funds. We encourage all eligible members to apply.

    Individuals can choose to apply for one of the following scholarships:

    In Person In Charlotte, NC - scholarship covers the registration fee at the Early Registration Rate of $925.

    Virtual - scholarship covers the registration fee at the
    Early Registration Rate of $299.

    New this year, all content will be streamed for virtual attendees to take part in. So, no matter which option you choose, you have access to the same learning and can earn up to 24 contact hours.
     
    NIGP Forum provides the latest thinking, insights, and breakthrough innovations from thought leaders while interacting with the best in the industry. With 72 live-streamed learning sessions (all recorded and available On Demand), there's engaging content for everyone - from newcomers to seasoned practitioners.
     
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    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Ruthena Milbourne
    Procurement Specialist
    Baltimore City, MD

    Ruthena has served in the public procurement field for 5+ years. She began her procurement career with the State of Delaware's Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) as a Management Analyst.

    At the start of COVID-19, Ruthena played an integral part in automating the procurement process at DHSS. She says, "Although getting everyone to convert from paper to an online work environment was a challenge, we did it and have yet to look back."  During that time, DHSS rolled out an eProcurement platform to process and track contracts from cradle to grave. She was instrumental in training State employees on how to navigate the new automated processes. One of Ruthena's most rewarding accomplishments at DHSS was being selected and graduating in 2023 from the DHSS Leadership Academy program. 

    Ruthena recently accepted a position with the City of Baltimore as a Procurement Specialist. She's excited to be part of the new procurement transformation plan with the City of Baltimore and get involved with the Maryland Public Purchasing Association (MPPA).

    In her spare time, she enjoys taking in the fresh air by hitting the roads with her bicycle and motorcycle.


    CELEBRATIONS

    NIGP Thanks These Entities For Their
    Dedication and Milestone Membership

    Celebrating 45 Years
    City of Jefferson City, MO
    City of Johnson City, TN
    City of Dayton. OH
    Village of Glendale Heights, IL
    El Paso County, CO
    Virginia Tech, VA
    Northwestern State University of Louisiana
    Ingham County, MI
    City of Fairfax, VA
    City of Fort Collins, CO
    Maryland Environmental Services
    City of Ada, OK
    Steuben County, NY
    Calvert County Commissioners, MD
    City of Pittsburgh, PA


    NIGP-CPP

    Important Deadline for CPPO and CPPB Applicants
    and Pathway F Candidates

    March 31 is the final day to register and pay for May 2024 testing.

    Bridging to the NIGP-CPP by passing only Exam Module B ends on May 31, 2024.

    After May 31, 2024, all candidates – regardless of eligibility pathway and application approval date – must pass both Exam Module A and Exam Module B to earn the NIGP-CPP certification.

    The NIGP-CPP is the premier certification for procurement leaders. The NIGP-CPP certification is a competency-based certification that assesses the technical competencies, skills, abilities and behaviors required of a procurement leader on the job in today's world.
     
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    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING
    Spring Conference and Vendor Exhibition
    MARCH 4 | Cherokee, NC

    KENTUCKY PUBLIC PROCUREMENT ASSOCIATION
    2024 Procurement Month Celebration
    MARCH 4 | Midway, KY

    EAST TENNESSEE PURCHASING ASSOCIATION
    Diversity Business Expo
    MARCH 7 | Knoxville, TN

    GEORGIA CHAPTER
    Spring Conference
    MARCH 12-14 | Jekyll Island, GA

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    NIGP Blog

    NIGP BLOG
    LEARNING BY DESIGN

    Navigating Success in Public Procurement:
    The Importance of Life-Long Learning

    In this installment of Learning by Design, we delve into the significant findings from the recently published 2023 NIGP Workforce Development Study. The data underscores the critical importance of continuous learning for public procurement professionals.

    We focus on these seven areas related to the Public Procurement Competency Framework:

    • Strategy
    • Policy, Legislation, and Program Oversight
    • Planning and Analysis
    • Sourcing and Solicitation
    • Contract Administration
    • Leadership
    • Business Principles and Operations


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    Learning by Design is your career and professional development guide authored by Todd Slater, NIGP Chief Content Officer. In his monthly column, Todd offers sound advice and direction on how to best navigate the many professional and career development opportunities that are available to you. 

    Your feedback is invaluable to help us shape the future of public procurement. Whether you have questions or comments on this post, or suggestions on future topics, we want to hear from you. Please email blog@nigp.org.

  • FEBRUARY 21, 2024

    Forum 2024NIGP FORUM 2024
    August 25 - 28
    Earn Up to 24 Contact Hours

    We know our members have different preferences for learning and various constraints on your time and budgets. That's why we give you the choice to attend NIGP Forum in-person in Charlotte, NC or virtually.

    Content sessions (based on NIGP member feedback) cater to a diverse audience, offering learning experiences for both newcomers and seasoned practitioners. With 72 live-streamed learning sessions (all recorded and available On Demand), there's engaging content for everyone, whether attending in person or virtually.  No matter which way you choose to attend, one thing is guaranteed, an experience that is simply unforgettable. 

    In Person $925 | Virtual $299

    Thanks to our government partner Sourcewell, we’re offering scholarships once again to NIGP members who lack the funds. 

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    Carrie_Rawn190_2741533.jpgMEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Carrie Winter, CMP, DES
    Director, Events and Program Delivery
    NIGP

    Next month marks Carrie's 23rd year with NIGP and Forum 2024 will be her 23rd Forum (Applause)!

    Carrie began her career in the hospitality industry and worked in hotels in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Phoenix, Arizona. When she moved back to Virginia from Arizona, Carrie began looking for a job. As luck would have it, Carrie's parents rented office space at NIGP's former headquarters, 151 Spring Street in Herndon, Virginia. The HR Manager at the time mentioned to Carrie's Mother that they were interested in hiring a Meeting Planner. She interviewed for the position and the rest is history.

    Carrie's accomplishments include earning her Certified Meeting Professional Designation, Digital Events Strategist Designation and the NIGP Anne Deatherage Meritorious Award for her outstanding service to the Institute.

    It's this commitment to service and desire to move NIGP's conference experience forward that led Carrie and her team back in 2018 to successfully implement virtual conferences. This foresight prepared NIGP to readily create an all-virtual Forum experience in 2020 when COVID hit. NIGP has been hosting and refining the virtual conference experience ever since. 

    Carrie lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina with her husband of two years, Jeff and their cattle dog, Tommie (she). The adoption agency named her Tom Petty so they kept the name. She has two children, Nick and Jake, in their twenties and will be celebrating Nick's marriage in June.


    Congratulate_2478180.pngCELEBRATIONS

    NIGP and ICLEI-Local Governments For Sustainaiblity USA
    Sign Memorandum Of Understanding

    NIGP and ICLEI USA agree to jointly develop and disseminate effective professional development opportunities for procurement professionals in the sustainability space and local government climate action professionals.

    The organizations will collaboratively manage a comprehensive outreach program, making formation easily accessible and available to procurement and climate action professionals across the nation.

    NIGP and ICLEI USA are committed to making the industry aware of their strategic partnership and share a primary obligation to efficiently serve the needs of its members by delivering education and networking of the highest quality in a manner that allows for the most effective use of resources by each organization.

    Rick Grimm, NIGP CEO stated, "The interconnection between NIGP and ICLEI USA will be far-reaching and have a profound impact on the future generations and our global community."

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    NIGP-CPP

    NIGP-CPP Is A High-Level, Competency-Based Certification

    The NIGP-CPP certification is specifically for leaders in procurement and addresses content and competencies that may not be addressed in other respected certifications in the marketplace but are required to achieve success in the workplace.

    NIGP-CPP Unique Attributes:  
    • Targets procurement leaders and is based on the Public Procurement Competency Framework.
    • Integrated with research and life-long learning.
    • Developed and designed to follow professional certification program criteria – specifically the ANSI ISO 17024 Standards for Personnel Certification Programs.
    • Designed with the fast-paced professional in mind.
    • Ensures all candidates are treated the same.
    • Committed to providing exceptional service.


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    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING
    Spring Conference and Vendor Exhibition
    MARCH 4 | Cherokee, NC

    KENTUCKY PUBLIC PROCUREMENT ASSOCIATION
    2024 Procurement Month Celebration
    MARCH 4 | Midway, KY
     

    EAST TENNESSEE PURCHASING ASSOCIATION
    Diversity Business Expo
    MARCH 7 | Knoxville, TN

    GEORGIA CHAPTER
    Spring Conference
    MARCH 12-14 | Jekyll Island, GA

    ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT OFFICIALS (IAPPO)
    Spring  Conference and Supplier Expo
    MARCH 13-14 | Champaign, IL

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    RADIO NIGP

    Theme: Loyalty to the Profession; Recruiting & Retaining Professionals

    Seasoned professionals offer their insights and perspectives about loyalty, recruiting talent, and retaining talent, while keeping their own careers in mind. They reflect on how the needs of the profession have changed over the years -  salary vs. job satisfaction vs. other intrinsic rewards.

    The Radio NIGP team discuss the importance of finding the right fit for the position, conducting research on prospective employers and ways of identifying talent from a variety of different angles, negotiations and much more,

    Recruiting and retaining talent in our organizations is based on the culture and environment we create in the workplace. What are you doing to make that ideal office culture a reality in your organization?

    VIEW RADIO NIGP


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Sampling - a technique that avoids the necessity of having to examine each item in a population but is sufficient to determine whether the entire population complies with an acceptable quality level or stated requirements.

    From the NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions.

    An essential resource for everyone in the profession.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

  • FEBRUARY 14, 2024

    NIGP FORUM 2024
    Delivering The Best Value To You

    NIGP Forum provides innovative educational content and practical advice from subject matter experts so you stay on top of the latest trends and best practices within the industry. As the largest conference dedicated solely to public procurement in North America, NIGP Forum provides the best value for your money.

    To illustrate the value of attending Forum and what you'll get out of the experience, we've created a special resource, MAKE THE MOST OF NIGP FORUM YOUR HOW-TO GUIDE. This can serve as a worthwhile tool to get your Manager/CPO to support your attendance.   

    We know our members have different preferences for learning and various constraints on your time and budgets. That's why we give you the choice to attend NIGP Forum in-person or virtually. New this year, all content will be streamed for virtual attendees to take part in. So, no matter which option you choose, you'll have access to the same learning and can earn up to 24 contact hours. 

    NIGP FORUM 2024
    In Person $925 | Virtual $299
    August 25 - 28
    Earn up to 24 Contact Hours
     
    Thanks to our government partner Sourcewell, we’re offering scholarships once again to NIGP members who lack the funds. 
     
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    Lisa_Robbins_Cameo190_2735976.jpgMEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Lisa M. Robbins, CPPB
    Senior Purchasing Administrator
    Johnson County, KS
    NEW Chapter Ambassador - Area 6

    For nearly 18 years, Lisa has been actively involved in public procurement and currently serves as the Senior Purchasing Administrator for Johnson County, Kansas, the most populous county in the state. 

    She's an integral part of the public procurement community and the Kansas Association for Public Purchasing Professionals (KAPPP) where she served as Treasurer from 2022 to 2023 and presently holds the position of Vice President for 2024 to 2025. 

    Lisa is a proud graduate of the 2020 NIGP Leaders Edge program and holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from Park University.

    Beyond her professional achievements, Lisa shares a meaningful personal life with her husband, Adam, whom she has been married to since 2005. Together, they are the proud parents of Cash, who is embarking on his high school journey. The Robbins family has a special connection to the Lake of the Ozarks, considering it's their second home. They cherish spending vacations and holidays by the water, basking in the sun and creating lasting memories.


    Congratulate_2478180.pngCELEBRATIONS

    NCPP Above & Beyond Awards
    Call for Nominations

    The National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP) recognizes stars in public procurement who have gone ABOVE & BEYOND in their procurement roles. With all that's happened in the past few years, all heroes in procurement - be it the  Director, Buyer 1, or Stockroom Clerk - deserve recognition. 

    March is Procurement Month. Fifteen award winners will be showcased in the NCPP newsletter and website during the month of March and receive a NCPP "Let's Just Cooperate" t-shirt and other special rewards.

    Submit your nomination to Tammy Rimes, at Tammy.Rimes@NCPPAssociation.org with your nominee's name, title, agency, and email along with a couple of paragraphs about their 'Above & Beyond' performance.

    The Nomination Period closes on March 22.
     
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    NIGP-CPP

    NIGP-CPP Is The Only Certification Managed And Administered by NIGP

    NIGP-CPP certification is the fastest growing globally recognized and competency-based public procurement certification available.

    The NIGP-CPP recognizes and assesses how you, as an experienced procurement leader, deliver success to your organizations and supports your professional credibility and aspirations now and in the future.

    Whether this is your first professional certification in procurement, or you’re ready to advance your career beyond the limits of other certifications, you will recognize distinct differences in the NIGP-CPP program that sets it apart.
     
    The deadline for registration and payment for
    May 2024 testing is March 31.

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    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING
    Spring Conference and Vendor Exhibition
    MARCH 4 | Cherokee, NC

    KENTUCKY PUBLIC PROCUREMENT ASSOCIATION
    2024 Procurement Month Celebration
    MARCH 4 | Midway, KY

    EAST TENNESSEE PURCHASING ASSOCIATION
    Diversity Business Expo
    MARCH 7 | Knoxville, TN

    GEORGIA CHAPTER
    Spring Conference
    MARCH 12-14 | Jekyll Island, GA

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    NIGP-BLOG

    Introducing Legally Speaking

    We're pleased to introduce Legally Speaking by Kirk Buffington, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M. MBA, MLS. Kirk will host this regular column about the legal aspects' procurement professionals deal with every day - something he's very knowledgeable and passionate about. 

    Each month, Kirk will write about how you interact with law and why understanding case law is so critical to your success in dealing with suppliers' protests. It's not to be taken as legal advice and, if the facts of a case are similar to a particular issue in your agency, please discuss the details with your agency's legal counsel. 

    This first column, Legally Speaking and a Legal Understanding Toolkit, explains some of the terms and legal theories which will help build a common foundation of understanding. Enjoy! 
     
     
    Whether you have questions or comments on this post, or suggestions on future topics, we want to hear from you. Check out the content we currently have posted and be sure to check back regularly as we update with new posts over the weeks and months to come.

    Emily Moses, Publications and Content Curation Manager, is our main go-to NIGP staff person for all things related to the NIGP Blog and she can be reached at: emoses@nigp.org

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  • FEBRUARY 7, 2024

    Forum 2024 Registration Now Open

    Choose Your Own Adventure!
    In Person in Charlotte, NC or Virtually
    August 25 - 28, 2024

    Earn up to 24 Contact Hours through Forum learning sessions. 

    NIGP Forum is the must attend and the only conference dedicated solely to public procurement. Unexpected connections, inspiring keynotes, and top-notch education sessions are just a few highlights of NIGP Forum 2024. Plus, all learning sessions are live- streamed and recorded for convenient On-Demand access.

    Scholarships Available
    Thanks to our government partner Sourcewell, scholarships are available for individuals who would otherwise not attend Forum due to lack of funding. 

    Individuals can apply for one of the following scholarships:

    In-Person in Charlotte, NC - scholarship covers the registration fee at the Early Registration Rate of $925.

    Virtual - scholarship covers the registration fee at Early Registration Rate of $299.

    REGISTER TODAY


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Michelle Palmer, PMP, DASM, CPPB, CSCMP
    Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Operational Effectiveness
    City of Owen Sound, Ontario

    NEW Chapter Ambassador - Area 3

    As the Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Operational Effectiveness for the City of Owen Sound, Michelle is at the forefront of driving positive change in a small, rural community. She thrives on leading innovative projects that not only enhance operational efficiency, but also strengthen the bonds across different corners of the organization. 

    Michelle shares, "I'm known for my authentic approach, I believe in the power of genuine connections and transparency as catalysts for continuous professional growth. It is my genuine enthusiasm for public service and unwavering dedication to people that fuels my excitement every day to make a meaningful impact on the community."

    For 12 years, Michelle has volunteered for the Ontario Public Buyers Association (OPBA) and made significant contributions as a member of the Board of Directors and Past President. She was a guiding force in the development and implementation of the OPBA's strategic plan and has played a pivotal role as the lead for the chapter conference, orchestrating a platform for knowledge sharing and networking. She was also an instructor for the OPBA's Principles of Effective Public Purchasing Certificate Program.

    Michelle is a firm believer in the power of lifelong learning and is on a continuous journey to learn and grow personally and professionally.


    CELEBRATIONS

    NIGP Thanks These Entities For Their Dedication and Milestone Membership

    Celebrating 50 Years

    Township of Lower Merion, PA
    Regional Municipality of Peel, ON
    City of Flagstaff, AZ
    City of Jacksonville, AR
    County of Volusia, FL
    County of Bucks, PA
    City of Cleveland, OH
    City of Saint Paul, MN
    Johnson County, KS
    City of Rochester, NY
    Arizona Department of Administration, AZ
    Stafford County Purchasing Office, VA
    DuPage County, IL

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    NIGP-CPP

    Seeking Candidates To Serve On The NIGP Certification Commission 

    The NIGP Talent Council is recruiting leaders to fill one (1) public procurement practitioner position on the NIGP CERTIFICATION COMMISSION.

    To be considered for this volunteer role, please submit the following documents:

    1. LETTER OF INTEREST – explain why you are a good candidate to serve on the NIGP Certification Commission, please email your letter of interest to Helen Leonard (hleonard@nigp.org)
       
    2. COMPLETED NIGP VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM

    Questions? Contact Helen Leonard, Governance Manager at hleonard@nigp.org or call (800) 367-6447 x240. The deadline to submit is February 21. 


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING
    Spring Conference and Vendor Exhibition
    MARCH 4 | Cherokee, NC

    EAST TENNESSEE PURCHASING ASSOCIATION
    Diversity Business Expo
    MARCH 7 | Knoxville, TN

    GEORGIA CHAPTER
    Spring Conference
    MARCH 12-14 | Jekyll Island, GA

    VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING (VAGP)
    Spring Conference
    MARCH 17 - 20 | Roanoke, VA 

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    Nsite - Your Online Community - Connect, communicate and collaborate with peers from across North America at all different stages in their careers.

    What your peers are saying about Nsite:

    VIEW VIDEO


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Forward Purchasing - the purchasing of supplies and materials in quantities exceeding immediate needs, often in anticipation of a price increase, strike threat, or future supply disruption.

    From the NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    An essential resource for everyone in the profession.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

  • JANUARY 31, 2024

    Forum 2024 Call for PresentationsSHARE YOUR STORY... 
    Present at NIGP Forum 2024

    We believe every procurement professional has a story to share and we want to hear yours.

    Take part in the largest conference for public procurement professionals in North America. We invite you to submit your presentation for NIGP Forum 2024 offered in-person and virtually from August 25-28, 2024. This is a great opportunity to showcase your experience and help "Drive Procurement Forward". 

    Every year, we get hundreds of outstanding submissions from members and other key stakeholders. What we’ve heard from past Forum attendees is the need for fresh voices and new perspectives participating along with our stalwarts.

    If you’ve never presented before, this is your chance.

    The deadline to submit proposals is February 9. 

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    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Saba Musleh, CPPB
    Negotiator
    Miami-Dade County, FL

    Saba Musleh has 8+ years experience in public procurement. He joined Miami-Dade County as a Procurement Contracting Officer 2 in December 2018. Prior to that he served the School Board of Broward County, where he handled multi-million dollar contract negotiations for their general obligation bond program.  

    Since joining the County, Saba has been promoted twice: in December 2020 as a Procurement Contracting Officer 3, and in November 2023 as Negotiator. 

    Saba is a resourceful and valuable County procurement professional who has worked on multiple complex and high priority projects including but not limited to park development, helicopter and elevator agreements, and emergency purchases during the Coronavirus pandemic, when he negotiated agreements with hotels countywide that served as shelters used by the Homeless Trust. 

    He's a graduate of Florida International University with a double major in business management and international business. Saba is passionate about business, supply chain management, and negotiations. He's the SWOT analysis expert – always volunteering to assess the factors that may create opportunities and  risks for the Strategic Procurement Department, thereby allowing management to establish priorities, identify options and implement strategies for efficient and effective operations. 

    Saba is always willing to go the extra mile with a positive attitude, strong work ethic and willingness to engage all stakeholders in the procurement process.


    CELEBRATIONS

    NIGP Thanks These Entities For Their Dedication and Milestone Membership

    Celebrating 75 Years
    City of Des Moines, IA
    Richmond Public Schools

    Celebrating 70 Years
    City of Miami, FL
    City of Cincinnati, OH

    Celebrating 65 Years
    City of Richmond - Procurement Services, VA
    Henrico County, VA
    City of Albany, GA

    Celebrating 60 Years
    Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, MD
    City of Daytona Beach, FL

    Celebrating 55 Years
    Montgomery County, PA
    Frederick County Government, MD
    City of Durango,CO
    City of Wyoming, MI
    Loudoun County, VA
    City of Highland Park, IL

    READ MORE


    NIGP-CPP

    NPI Designated As An Authorized Education Provider for NIGP-CPP Certificants Earning Continuing Education Hours

    The NIGP Certification Commission is pleased to announce that the National Procurement Institute (NPI) has earned the Commission’s Authorized Education Provider designation for a three-year period effective January 25, 2024.

    The designation indicates that NPI's educational conferences meet the standards defined by the Commission for granting Continuing Education Hours required for NIGP-CPP recertification.

    To date four organizations have successfully demonstrated that the rigorous standards established by the Commission have been met through the organization’s portfolio of procurement education activities - NIGP, CAPPO, FAPPO and NPI.

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    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING
    Spring Conference and Vendor Exhibition
    MARCH 4 | Cherokee, NC

    EAST TENNESSEE PURCHASING ASSOCIATION
    Diversity Business Expo
    MARCH 7 | Knoxville, TN

    GEORGIA CHAPTER
    Spring Conference
    MARCH 12-14 | Jekyll Island, GA

    VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING (VAGP)
    Spring Conference
    MARCH 17 - 20 | Roanoke, VA 

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    Upcoming Webinar: Staffing For Change

    Challenges to our workforce is a trending topic and one that's of utmost importance to the public procurement profession. This webinar dives into the critical shifts in the workforce and what it means to the profession. Learn new approaches and new mindsets. It's a must-attend event that's
    FREE TO ALL.

    WEBINAR: STAFFING FOR CHANGE: Supporting Today's Public Procurement Teams
    FEBRUARY 6 | 2PM - 3PM (ET)


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Economic Interregnum - 1. A gap in economic continuity, the outcome of which cannot be predicted. 2. A discontinuity in the global economy, thereby making future predictions uncertain.

    From the NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    READ MORE

  • JANUARY 24, 2024

    FEW SPOTS LEFT!
    Register NOW for IMPACT

    Our profession is evolving rapidly. Are you equipped with the leadership skills and knowledge to succeed?

    The NIGP Impact Program is designed for mid to senior leaders and focuses on today’s most pressing challenge – attracting, retaining, and inspiring talent. Our opening session gets right to the heart of the matter by explaining the importance of moving from transactional to transformational leadership and how this impacts acquiring and developing top people.

    That's just one example of the career-changing content that will be shared at Leadership Summit.

    Registration: $850 | Contact Hours: 24.5

    Registration closes on January 31. 

    REGISTER TODAY


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Jamaal Turner
    Procurement Manager
    Maryland Transportation Authority
    New Chapter Ambassador - Area 2

    Jamaal started his career in public procurement in 2015 for the State of Maryland and subsequently, joined the Maryland Public Purchasing Association (MPPA) where he became an active member and served as Vice President in 2023. 

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the State of Maryland’s Office of State Procurement and Department of Health was overwhelmed with procuring Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).  He worked endless days, nights and weekends to conduct not one, but two PPE commodity, multi-award contracts; one available to all vendors and one reserved for certified small businesses.  This was in addition to collecting data for the solicitation; responding to questions; evaluating over 100 bids for each contract; and writing endless Procurement Officer’s Determinations, rejection letters, Purchase Orders and Award letters.  Jamaal accomplished all of this while maintaining his own agency’s workload. This feat gained him recognition from the leaders of his agency and Maryland State Procurement and was voted MPPA’s 2020 Buyer of the Year.

    Jamaal’s apparent work ethic and leadership skills are not exclusive to his work in public procurement.  As a single father, he still finds time to volunteer his skills at the local churches within his community, using his talent as a musician for religious services, as a musical coach and as an educator.  He also volunteers annually at a private K-12 school for students with dyslexia and other related language-based learning differences and participated in theatrical workshops; mentoring students by helping them learn their lines and providing music for their plays. 

    His commitment to both, his work life and personal life makes him a great asset to the State of Maryland and his home chapter, the MPPA.


    CELEBRATIONS

    Grateful To These Volunteer Leaders
    NIGP Accreditation Committee 

    Kathleen Fisher, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CPCP
    Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, FL (chair)
    Jesus Amezcua
    Harris County Department of Education, TX
    Michael E. Bevis, JD, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM, C.P.M.
    City of Norfolk, VA
    Tammy Daniels Bradley, NIGP-CPP, CPPB, C.P.M.
    Department of Financial Services, West Hartford, CT
    Sonya Collins, CPPB
    Great Lakes Water Authority, MI
    Julie Denton, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    City of Vancouver, WA
    Karen Dewar, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority, FL
    Janina Lewis, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    City of Tarpon Springs, FL
    Lawrence L. Lee Martin, PH.D.
    University of Central Florida
    Terry L. McKee, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M. MPA, CPCP
    Knoxville's Community Development Corp - The Public Housing & Redevelopment Authority, TN
    Nick Perrera, NIGP-CPP, CPPO CPPB
    Arizona Department of Administration
    Richelieu M Sese, CPPB
    City of Independence, MO


    NIGP-CPP

    Reminder to CPPO and CPPB Applicants and Pathway F Candidates

    After May 31, 2024, Pathway F will still be available to current CPPB/CPPOs as an eligibility pathway.

    However, the opportunity to bridge to the NIGP-CPP by successfully completing Exam Module B only ends on May 31, 2024.

    When May 2024 testing ends on May 31, 2024, ALL candidates – regardless of eligibility pathway – will be required to successfully complete BOTH
    Exam Module A and Exam Module B to earn the NIGP-CPP certification.

    Registration and payment for May 2024 testing closes on March 31, 2024.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING
    Spring Conference and Vendor Exhibition
    MARCH 4 | Cherokee, NC

    EAST TENNESSEE PURCHASING ASSOCIATION
    Diversity Business Expo
    MARCH 7 | Knoxville, TN

    GEORGIA CHAPTER
    Spring Conference
    MARCH 12-14 | Jekyll Island, GA

    VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING (VAGP)
    Spring Conference
    MARCH 17 - 20 | Roanoke, VA 

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    Introducing The NIGP Blog 

    The intent behind launching the NIGP blog is to create a two-way conversation. Your feedback is invaluable to help us shape the future of public procurement. Whether you have questions or comments on a post, or suggestions on future topics, we want to hear from you.

    Check out the content we currently have posted and be sure to check back regularly as we update with new posts over the weeks and months to come.

    CHECK OUT THE NIGP BLOG


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Zero Defects Standard - a quality management philosophy that promotes an environment in which perfection is strived for in all actions, while conducting process improvement actions to eliminate any and all gaps in conformance to requirements. 

    From the NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

  • JANUARY 17, 2024

    Forum 2024 Call for Presentations

    SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL...

    Present at NIGP Forum 2024

    Take part in the largest conference for public procurement professionals in North America by submitting your presentation for NIGP Forum 2024—offered in-person and virtually.

    Showcase Your Expertise, Enhance Your Skills
    Presenting at NIGP Forum offers a fantastic opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and expand your professional network by engaging in lifelong learning alongside your industry peers.

    For the first time ever, all content from this year’s NIGP Forum will be live-streamed and recorded for on-demand viewing. We welcome submissions that spark critical and creative thinking, advance public procurement, and engage audiences both in person and virtually.

    The deadline to submit proposals is February 9. 

    LEARN MORE


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Oren "Rick" Thomas, IV, QPA, CPM
    Purchasing Manager
    Atlantic County Utilities Authority, NJ
    New Chapter Ambassador - Area 1

    Rick has 20+ years of public purchasing experience throughout the state of New Jersey covering municipal, county, utility, and state entities.  He currently serves as Purchasing Manager for the Atlantic County Utilities Authority and Purchasing Agent for the Ocean County Board of Health.  He's a Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA) through the New Jersey Department of Local Government Services, a Registered Public Purchasing Official (RPPO) through Rutgers University, and a Certified Public Manager (CPM) through the New Jersey Department of Labor.

    Rick is an instructor for various Public Purchasing classes through Rutgers University’s Center for Government Services and as President of the Southern New Jersey Chapter of NIGP is involved with planning of the annual Rutgers/ NIGP Public Purchasing Forum in New Jersey.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Master of Science degree in Public Administration. 

    In his spare time, when he's not chasing around his son Oren V, Rick is an avid golfer, skier and snowmobiler, and loves traveling to the red half of Manchester to support his favorite football club. GGMU!


    RADIO NIGP

    Highlights From The January Show
    "Loyalty To The Procurement Profession While Pursuing Your Best Career Path"
    Radio NIGP explores these issues:

    • What defines loyalty to the procurement profession?
    • How does that differ from loyalty to your organization, staff, or leadership/boss? 
    • Does loyalty to the profession help you make the right choices/decisions? 

    Hot Topics:  Why the grass isn't always greener on the other side.  

    Tech Talk: The headliner on January 24, "Harnessing AI in Public Procurement", what this session will cover, leadership's role in AI, and the use to mitigate risks and the pitfalls. 

    NIGP Forum 2024: It's not too early to begin planning for the NIGP Forum in Charlotte, NC. Chanda Taylor Carpenter, NIGP's Director of Content and Research, discusses preliminary details regarding Forum including some very exciting news about the Virtual conference. 

    RFP Learning Lab Series: The RFP Dream Team shares what you can expect from the upcoming six-week series and who would benefit from attending.

    RADIO NIGP


    NIGP-CPP

    NEW NIGP-CPP Certification Handbook, 5th Edition

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification managed and administered by NIGP

    The NIGP-CPP Certification Handbook, 5th Edition issued in December 2023 contains updated processes, policies and procedures.

    This is your essential and principal source of information for the NIGP-CPP program. From eligibility requirements to testing policies, the handbook includes everything you need to evaluate the program and complete the certification and recertification requirements.

    Reminder: the deadline for registration and payment for May 2024 testing is March 31.

    VIEW THE HANDBOOK 


    CHAPTER EVENTS

    Upcoming Events

    Don't forget to invite your Chapter Ambassadors or the NIGP Business Council to your chapter event.

    NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING
    Spring Conference and Vendor Exhibition
    MARCH 4 | Cherokee, NC

    EAST TENNESSEE PURCHASING ASSOCIATION
    Diversity Business Expo
    MARCH 7 | Knoxville, TN

    GEORGIA CHAPTER
    Spring Conference
    MARCH 12-13 | Jekyll Island, GA

    READ MORE


    INTRODUCING THE NIGP BLOG

    NIGP is thrilled to introduce a new way to bring you industry relevant thought leadership content with the launch of our new blog—focused on all things related to public procurement.

    Keeping in mind that informal learning and engagement is just as important as formal learning, in the blog, we'll bring you curated, professionally relevant content on what’s new and noteworthy in the profession.

    We kick-off January with a focus on what NIGP does best, learning and professional development. In Learning by Design: Crafting Your Professional Journey in 2024, Todd Slater, NIGP Chief Content Officer focuses on your professional growth and development to start the new year on solid footing. You will learn to navigate the vast ocean of professional and career development opportunities available, and how to make intentional and strategic decisions as you map out your development. Todd offers a compass of resources tailored to your individual growth.

    The intent behind launching the NIGP blog is to create a two-way conversation. Your feedback is invaluable to help us shape the future of public procurement. Whether you have questions or comments on this post, or suggestions on future topics, we want to hear from you. Check out the content we currently have posted and be sure to check back regularly as we update with new posts over the weeks and months to come.

    Emily Moses, Publications and Content Curation Manager, is our main go-to NIGP staff person for all things related to the NIGP Blog and she can be reached at: emoses@nigp.org.

    CHECK OUT THE NIGP BLOG

  • JANUARY 10, 2024

    AND THE WINNERS ARE...

    NEW NIGP Scholarship Program Recipients  

    I.  NIGP Professional Development Scholarships

    NIGP’s professional development scholarship program provides members who lack funding and are interested in taking their career to the next level with a $1,250 scholarship toward NIGP’s Concierge and Pathways programs.

    II. Leadership Summit 2024:
    IMPACT and EDGE Program Scholarships
    NIGP provided select members with scholarships to participate in the IMPACT program (valued at $800 each) and all EDGE participants received scholarships (valued at $997 each) for our upcoming event on February 22-24 in Houston, Texas. 

    Thanks to the generosity of our longtime government partner Sourcewell, NIGP continues to support the professional development of our members. Through our scholarship fund, we have provided over $200,000 to hundreds of members so they can prioritize learning and professional development activities. 

    COMPLETE LIST OF NEW RECIPIENTS


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Christopher Grant-Henriques, MBA, CPPB, FCCM
    Procurement Contracting Manager
    Miami-Dade County, FL

    Christopher  is a seasoned procurement professional with over a decade of experience in procurement, negotiating contracts, and optimizing strategies to drive operational efficiency and cost savings.

    Throughout his career, Christopher has served in senior procurement officer and management positions in multiple government agencies, such as Florida Department of Transportation and Miami-Dade County. 

    As a Procurement Contracting Manager with Miami-Dade County, Strategic Procurement Department, Christopher leads a team of six procurement professionals handling over 180 operational goods and services contracts for multiple County departments and offices.  

    Christopher is committed to delivering excellent service to clients and ensuring that procurement decisions lead to value for money. He’s passionate about talent development, building professional relationships and serving the County’s vendor community.  He consistently partners with the Department’s Policy, Analysis and Training team to conduct training sessions for procurement professionals as well as participates in vendor outreach events and workshops to provide vendors with information on the County’s procurement processes, programs and contracting opportunities.

    In March 2023, Christopher was one of the Department’s Above and Beyond Award recipient for his outstanding contribution to the procurement profession.


    CELEBRATIONS

    NIGP Is A Community That Celebrates The Contributions of Our 17,000 Members 
    Recent Promotions and Retirements

    Congratulations to..

    Jeff Dansdill, CPPO, CPPB, CPSM, CPCM (NIGP Finance Council) is leaving the island of Hawaii to join Jack Adger and the Harris County Health team in Houston, Texas.

    Barbara Grilli, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPPB, FCCM (served NIGP on the Research and Knowledge Committees for several years) retired from the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, Florida.

    Tory Huff, CPPO, CPPB, VCCO, VCO (NIGP Talent Council) is leaving  Fairfax Water VA and the public sector for opportunities in the private sector. 

    Jon Walton, NIGP-CPP, JD, CPPO, CPM, CPPB (NIGP Governing Board) retired from the Oregon Business Development Department (Jon remains on the Board until his term ends on June 30, 2024). 


    NIGP-CPP

    Future-Focused and Elevating the Profession

    NIGP-CPP is a unique and powerful certification that accelerates your long-term career growth and success. It’s the only certification managed and administered by NIGP.

    The NIGP-CPP is the premier certification for procurement leaders. The NIGP-CPP certification is a competency-based certification that assesses the technical competencies, skills, abilities and behaviors required of a procurement leader on the job in today's world.

    To date, the NIGP Certification Commission has awarded the NIGP Certified Procurement Professional designation to 1,243 procurement leaders across 46 U.S. States and 5 Canadian provinces (including 246 new NIGP-CPP leaders in 2023).

    We're still looking for our first NIGP-CPP in Montana, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming!

    READ MORE ABOUT THE NIGP-CPP


    CHAPTER NEWS

    The NIGP Pipeline and Placement Committee Is Honored to Reappoint These Chapter Ambassadors: 

    Fatima Calkins, CPPO, CPPB
    Assistant Manager, IT Purchasing
    Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, FL (At-Large) 

    Jed Greenfield
    Procurement Director
    City of Houston Finance Department, TX (Area 7)

    Cindy Norton, NIGP-CPP, CPPB, CPFM
    Duputy Director of Purchasing & Contract Admin. 
    Santa Rosa County School Board, FL (Area 5)

    Russ Pankey, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Retired
    City of Virgina Beach, VA (At-Large Ambassador)

    John Veal, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Retired
    Small Business Administration, OK (At-Large Ambassador) 

    VIEW THE FULL LIST OF AMBASSADORS


    PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITY

    Case Studies Requested for Procurement Teaching Book

    Scholars from Boise State University, University of Washington, and Florida International University, along with academics worldwide, are working to bridge theory and practice in a procurement teaching book. Their goal is to include at least one practitioner per chapter to provide relevant case studies aligned with each chapter's theme. 

    The yellow highlighted chapters in THE BOOK OUTLINE  are where they would particularly value your involvement to provide a case. The case can be short (500-600 words) or longer (1,000-1,200 words).  

    If you are interested in contributing, reach out  to Ana-Maria Dimand, PH.D., Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration at anamariadimand@boisestate.edu.


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Hold Back - a public sector regulatory requirement that primarily appears in construction solicitation projects; the retainage of a predetermined portion of the full payment by the entity for a predetermined length of time before the final payment is made by the entity to the prime contractor to ensure that the prime's subcontractors have been paid for their work and materials.

    From the NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. A valuable resource for every procurement professional.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    SEARCH THE ONLINE DICTIONARY

  • JANUARY 3, 2024

    NIGP LEADERSHIP SUMMIT2024

    February 22-24 | Houston, TX

    REGISTER NOW FOR IMPACT
    Limited Number of Spots Available

    Are you a mid to senior-level procurement leader? Then, you need to register for IMPACT. 

    Addressing today’s public procurement talent challenges is the theme for NIGP'S IMPACT program.

    Get active solutions on how you can be a more effective leader and create a culture that attracts, retains and develops top people.

    The future of the profession depends upon it.
    Registration: $850 | Contact Hours: 24.5

    SPACE IS LIMITED. 

    Hear why this is a must-attend experience...

    IMPACT VIDEO 

    Register Today


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Kristy Varda, NIGP-CPP, MS, MBA, CPPO, CPPB
    Contracting Officer, Division of Procurement
    County of Loudoun, VA

    Kristy is originally from Oklahoma and is a proud alumna of Oklahoma State University. She spent 10 years living in Germany as a military spouse before relocating to Virginia.

    Kristy completed her Masters in Biotechnology Studies in 2008 and her MBA in 2009 while working in a variety of industries. She has been in public procurement for almost 12 years and now works as a Contracting Officer for Loudoun County Government focusing on Capital Construction.

    Her passion to help others began with presenting webinars on Sole Sources and Software Procurement. Kristy is an active member of NIGP having served on a number of task forces. She's currently a NIGP instructor, mentor, member of the Member Council, part of the Radio NIGP team and an American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Volunteer.


    CELEBRATIONS

    FAPPO Designated As An Authorized Education Provider for NIGP-CPP Certificants Earning Continuing Education Hours

    The NIGP Certification Commission is pleased to announce that the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO) has earned the Commission’s Authorized Education Provider designation for a three-year period effective December 11, 2023.

    The designation indicates that FAPPO’s educational programs of courses, workshops, webinars, and conferences meet the standards defined by the Commission for granting Continuing Education Hours required for NIGP-CPP recertification. 

    This achievement is particularly important to public procurement professionals in the State of Florida since the state represents the highest concentration of NIGP’s Certified Procurement Professionals in North America. Since the inception of the designation in August 2020, 240 Floridians have earned their NIGP-CPP including 54 in 2023.


    NIGP-CPP

    Reminder to CPPO and CPPB Applicants and Pathway F Candidates

    After May 31, 2024, Pathway F will still be available to current CPPB/CPPOs as an eligibility pathway. However, the opportunity to bridge to the NIGP-CPP by just successfully completing Exam Module B only ends on May 31, 2024.

    When May 2024 testing ends on May 31, 2024, ALL candidates – regardless of eligibility pathway – will be required to successfully complete BOTH Exam Module A and Exam Module B to earn the NIGP-CPP certification.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Start Planning And Scheduling Your Chapter Visits

    Don't forget to invite your Chapter Ambassadors or the NIGP Business Council to your chapter event. To schedule a visit please fill out the VISIT REQUEST FORM. NIGP has provided a CONTENT DESCRIPTION for all Business Council requests. 

    Upcoming Events

    VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING (VAGP)
    Spring Conference
    MARCH 17 - 20 | Roanoke, VA 

    MISSOURI ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC PURCHASING
    Commitment to Excellence Conference
    APRIL 10-12 | Lake Ozark, MO

    LEARN MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Pathways Concierge Program 

    Customized, complementary professional education services to help guide your career journey.

    Experienced procurement and education professionals talk to members about their career goals and help identify their best professional path forward, and mentor them along the way using the NIGP Pathways program. 

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    No Bid - a response to an Invitation for Bids (IFB) stating that the offeror does not wish to submit a bid; functions to prevent suspensions from the bidders list for failure to show active interest or submit bids.

    From the NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

2023

  • DECEMBER 20, 2023

    COMING SOON...

    Forum 2024 Call for Presentations Opens January 15

    Now's the perfect time to start thinking about the topics you'd like to share with your peers at NIGP Forum 2024, the most diverse and comprehensive conference attended by public procurement professionals across North America.

    We're looking for a range of topics and session levels from Fundamental to Advanced within these preliminary content themes:

    Cornerstones of Public Procurement - 75-minute sessions that focus on the core components of the profession. 

    Leadership - 75-minute sessions that explore the skills needed to tackle everyday leadership challenges.  

    Workshops - 3-hour active learning sessions that incorporate highly experiential activities, such as games, problem solving activities, and small group discussions and presentations back to peers.

    We look forward to your participation at NIGP Forum 2024.

    READ MORE


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Jennifer Olzinger, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Chief Procurement Officer
    Office of Management and Budget
    City of Pittsburgh, PA

    Jennifer joined the City of Pittsburgh, Office of Management and Budget in September 2015 as the Assistant Director-Procurement Manager and was appointed the City’s first-ever Chief Procurement Officer in April 2022. 

    She determines the City's procurement strategy for obtaining goods and services in the most effective and efficient manner, develops and enforces “best practice” policies and procedures to certify compliance with City Code, and ensures procurement practices are consistent, open and designed to encourage maximum competition and best value procurements. Jennifer also manages the City’s Fleet Services staff which includes overseeing all fleet purchases and managing the fleet service contracts among other duties.

    A recent accolade includes being recognized as a Sustainable Procurement Champion and featured in the 2023 Sustainable Procurement Champions Index by CPO Strategy Magazine and ProcureTech, which celebrates individuals that challenge the status quo, make an impact and push the boundaries for ethical procurement.

    Jennifer is the current President of the Pennsylvania Public Purchasing Association (PAPPA) and serves on the NIGP Impact Circle.


    RADIO NIGP

    December Show
    "Shining A Light On Those Not Normally In
    The Spotlight"

    This month Radio NIGP shines the spotlight on these individuals who have made an impact on the profession. They share their accomplishments and offer advice for those looking to grow in the industry. You'lll hear from:

    Aran Raz - Procurement Manager, City of Westminster, CO
    Bobbie Matthews – Director, Administrative Services, Port of Portland, OR
    Brian Smith – Purchasing Manager, Multnomah County, OR
    Ginger Line – Client Development Administrator, Sourcewell
    Matt Bauer – Vice President of Procurement, Tampa International Airport,  FL
    Nathan Dawson – Procurement & Contracts Manager Office of Technology and Information Services, State of Stephanie Dion - Procurement Manager, Canoe Procurement Group of Canada
    Terry McKee - Procurement Director, Knoxville's Community Development Corp, The Public Housing & Redevelopment Authority, TN

    Plus, a special holiday commentary and get the latest news and happenings with NIGP. 

    RADIO NIGP 


    NIGP-CPP

    NIGP-CPP Is The Only Certification Managed And Administered by NIGP

    NIGP-CPP certification is the fastest growing globally recognized and competency-based public procurement certification available.

    The NIGP-CPP recognizes and assesses how you, as an experienced procurement leader, deliver success to your organizations and supports your professional credibility and aspirations now and in the future.

    Whether this is your first professional certification in procurement, or you’re ready to advance your career beyond the limits of other certifications, you will recognize distinct differences in the NIGP-CPP program that sets it apart.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapter Ambassadors: Grateful To These
    Volunteer Leaders

    In January, we have amazing new leaders joining the Chapter Ambassador team. However, we must say "good bye" to brilliant leaders who have served the Chapter Ambassador program for several years.

    We are grateful to Sean Carroll, Kara Daniel, and Bill Munch for their tireless dedication to the Chapter Ambassador program.

    And we give a special salute to Penny Owens who, as Chair of the Chapter Ambassador Committee, donated tirelessly and joyfully to this critical program.

    Thanks to these leaders for leaving your unique fingerprints on the Chapter Ambassador Program.


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Blog - a new way to share your voice!

    Enjoy a variety of perspectives - from personal-interest stories to legally speaking to practical advice to career learning guidance...and that's just the beginning. Get ready for more exciting content in 2024. 

    Here's a holiday-themed blog by Yolanda Bloom, JD, AMInstLM, NIGP-CPP, CPP, CPPM, CGPP:

    T'WAS THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN PROCUREMENT LAND


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Holding Cost (Inventory) - the total cost of owning and keeping inventory (e.g., warehouse costs, opportunity cost, insurance, and shrinkage). 

    From the NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. An essential resource for everyone in the profession.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

  • DECEMBER 13, 2024

    NIGP-CPP CertificationWe've Reached A New Milestone...

    1,243 NIGP-CPP Certifications Have Been Awarded 

    The November exam results are in and we're pleased to announce a new milestone -  a total of 1,243 NIGP-CPP certifications have been awarded to procurement leaders throughout North America.

    When NIGP launched the NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP) certification, we knew from research that a competency-based certification for procurement leaders was needed and wanted.

    And, we're thrilled with the success of this premier certification. This is in no small part due to the amazing group of professionals, volunteers, and subject matter experts who worked hard to elevate the work that each of you do by building a whole new way to get recognized for your competencies, skills, and abilities.

    COMPLETE LIST OF NIGP-CPPS 


    Tople,_K_190x190_2681508.jpgMEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Asha Edwards, NIGP-CPP, CPPB, LLB
    Assistant Procurement Director
    City of Plantation, FL

    Asha Edwards has over 24 years experience in purchasing and supply, logistics and analytics.

    In 2018 she migrated to the United States from Trinidad and Tobago. Asha began working at the City of Coconut Creek as a procurement analyst for 3 1/2 years and is currently with the City of Plantation as an Assistant Procurement Director (it's her 7 month anniversary).

    Her Director, Ezzard "Charles" Spencer shares,  "Asha is an excellent addition to the City of Plantation's Procurement Department. She has a passion for procurement and is not afraid to speak her mind. Asha has a high level of expectations for those that report to her and for herself. I am excited to see what other wonderful contributions she adds to the procurement profession."

    In the past 4 years, Asha has earned her NIGP-CPP certification and CPPB certification. She is an active member of the Southeast Florida Chapter of NIGP and is the Chairperson for the Time and Place Committee. 


    Congratulate_2478180.pngCELEBRATIONS

    Grateful To These Volunteer Leaders
    NIGP Scholarship Committee

    Rennette Apodaca, CPPO
    Jo Marie Brown, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Diana Cantu, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Teresa Chapman, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Marisa Donegon, CPPB
    Georgia Gillens, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CPM
    Pamela Johnson Moore, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB , CSM
    Kaliska King, CPPB
    Maija Lampinen, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Lori Noyes
    Katrina Ponzine, NIGP-CPP, M.ED., CPPB

    We'd Like To Celebrate Our Members
    Have you changed jobs? Or been promoted? We'd like to share your professional highlights with your  colleagues.

    Please email cpatin@nigp.org with your professional news. We can't wait to share it.


    NIGP-CPP

    NEW NIGP-CPP Certification Handbook, 5th Edition

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification managed and administered by NIGP

    The NIGP-CPP Certification Handbook, 5th Edition issued in December 2023 contains updated processes, policies and procedures.

    This is your essential and principal source of information for the NIGP-CPP program. From eligibility requirements to testing policies, the handbook includes everything you need to evaluate the program and complete the certification and recertification requirements.

    Reminder: the deadline for registration and payment for February 2024 testing is December 21.

    VIEW THE HANDBOOK


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapter Learning Giveback Program 

    The Chapter Learning Giveback Program is designed to give chapters the opportunity to earn 5% on registrations for virtual courses scheduled and hosted by the Institute if the registrant:

    • Identifies themselves as a member of the chapter when registering
    • Chooses their chapter from the drop down box for online registrations
    • Writes in their chapter when using print, email or fax registration forms

    To be successful, Chapters should educate their members on this new program and encourage them to identify themselves as a member of the chapter when registering.


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    2023 NIGP Workforce Competency Study
    Two primary questions guided this research:

    1. What are the current skills and knowledge held by procurement professionals in the field?
       
    2. What are the skills and knowledge that employers look for when recruiting professionals for procurement positions at various career stages?

    The results are insightful and serve as a valuable resource as you grow in your career.

    RESEARCH BRIEF


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Knocked Down - the requirement for a good to be shipped unassembled for the purpose of reducing storage space and transportation costs. 

    From the NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. An essential resource for everyone in the profession.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

  • DECEMBER 6, 2023

    AI brings great value and opportunities to procurement 

    Find out more on January 24

    Artificial intelligence is one of the hottest topics in technology, however, it's still a relatively new opportunity for public procurement. 

    This upcoming headliner, Harnessing AI In Public Procurement, explores what opportunities AI can provide for procurement and how AI can help make informed, data-driven business decisions.

    Subject matter experts share real-world examples of how AI is transforming procurement processes, driving efficiency, and mitigating risks. 

    Harnessing  AI in Public Procurement
    January 24 | 1PM - 5PM

    $79 Members; $179 Non-Member

    REGISTER TODAY


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Katherine Tople, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Chief Procurement Officer
    Illinois Secretary of State (ILSOS)

    The Secretary of State is a multi-faceted organization that brings in over $3 billion dollars in revenue to the State of Illinois. 

    ILSOS has over 25 user departments and 125 facilities across the state. It has a current fiscal year budget of almost $900 million. The Office is currently getting ready to embark on a major IT modernization initiative, which will have many procurement components. 

    A few memorable projects and procurements that Katherine and her staff have worked on include re-writing the Procurement Manual for the agency, procuring a new Electronic Lien & Titling Gateway Provider, and most recently, procuring the IT Modernization Program Manage Office to oversee IT Modernization. 

    When she is not procuring her heart out, Katherine is the loving mother to three children, Leo, Finn, and Charlie. She currently serves on the NIGP Membership Council and is the Vice President of IAPPO.


    CELEBRATIONS

    Grateful To These Volunteer Leaders
    NIGP Leadership Development Committee

    Allen Hunsberger, NIGP-CPP, C.P.M. (Chair) 
    Jack Adger, NIGP-CPP, CPPO (Non-Voting Advisor)
    Paul Brennan, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Chris Coghill, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Lourdes Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Kerrie Koopman, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB 
    Danny Mays, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM, CPPB, CPSD
    Lisa Mehalko, CIA, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM, CGAP< GCPM 
    Tanya Parker, NIGP-CPP. CPPB
    Valerie Scott, NIGP-CPP, CPPB 
    Stephanie Sutter, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB

    We'd Like To Celebrate Our Members
    Have you changed jobs? Or been promoted? We'd like to share your professional highlights with your  colleagues.

    Please email cpatin@nigp.org with your professional news. We can't wait to share it.


    NIGP-CPP

    Why NIGP-CPP?

    It's the only certification that specifically targets procurement leaders. 

    The NIGP-CPP exam is a scenario-based exam rather than a traditional knowledge-based exam. Instead of testing knowledge, the NIGP-CPP exam assesses the technical competencies, skills, abilities, and behaviors required of a procurement leader on the job in today’s workforce.

    Registration and payment for the February testing window closes December 21.

    Apply today!

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    NIGP Chapters have been established for 50+ years

    Here's a peek at Chapters dating back to the 1990s:

    1990 - Kentucky Public Procurement Association
    1990 - Southeast Florida Chapter
    1990 - Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex
    1990 - California Chapter
    1990 - Atlantic Public Purchasing Association
    1991 - Oregon Public Purchasing Association, Inc.
    1991 - Coastal Georgia Chapter
    1991 - West Virginia Chapter
    1993 - Southeast Texas Association of Public Purchasing
    1993 - Assiniboia Chapter
    1994 - Central Ohio Organization of Public Purchasers
    1994 - Indiana Chapter
    1994 - Public Purchasing Association of Connecticut
    1996 - Gulf Coast Association of Governmental Purchasing Officers, Inc.
    1998 - New Mexico Public Procurement Association
    1998 - New York Chapter of NIGP, Inc.

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Member Directory - a valuable resource to connect and consult with like-minded procurement professionals from across the country and Canada.

    Search the 17,000+ member directory by organization type, geographic location and so much more.

    There's no better time to build strong meaningful connections that can have a positive impact in our lives today and into the future.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Self Insurance - maintaining funds rather than purchasing an insurance policy to cover a loss.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    READ MORE

     

  • NOVEMBER 29, 2023

    NIGP LEADERSHIP SUMMIT2024
    February 22-24 | Houston, TX

    ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT...
    Early Registration Ends Friday 

    Addressing today’s public procurement talent challenges is the theme for NIGP'S IMPACT program.

    Gain insights from subject matter experts on how you can be a more effective leader and create a culture that attracts, retains and develops top people.

    The future of the profession depends upon it.

    Register by December 1 and save.

    Early Registration: $800 | Contact Hours: 24.5

    REGISTER NOW


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Charlie Rosol, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Director of Procurement
    Cleveland Metroparks, Ohio

    For 14 years, Charlie Rosol has served as Director of Procurement with Cleveland Metroparks and previously held  positions with the Ohio Auditor of State and Ohio Attorney General.

    As the Director of Procurement with Cleveland Metroparks, Charlie directs and manages Purchasing staff, divisions budget, procurement functionalities, contract administration, and purchasing trends for Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Police, Golf Courses and recreational areas throughout the Park District.

    Charlie has spearheaded multiple technology enhancements in the procurement department to streamline various processes to increase staff efficiency and productivity.

    He currently serves on the  NIGP Talent Council and volunteers with both Ohio Chapters of NIGP. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    Grateful To These Volunteer Leaders
    NIGP Content Management Committee

    Joe Benjamin, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB (Chair) 
    Brett Wood, CPPO, CPPB (Vice-Chair)
    Lorraine Hein, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Patricia Innocenti, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Abdoul Kabaou, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Victor Leamer, CPPB 
    Shari Pine, CPPO, CPPB, CPM
    Pam  Simpkins, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, VCO
    Oren Thomas, IV, QPA, CPM
    Amber Yates, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB

    We'd Like To Celebrate Our Members 

    Have you changed jobs? Or been promoted? We'd like to share your professional highlights with your  colleagues.

    Please email cpatin@nigp.org with your professional news. We can't wait to share it.


    NIGP-CPP

    NIGP-CPP Uniquely Connects Your Learning & Career Aspirations

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification that targets procurement leaders with a focus on the technical competencies, skills, behaviors, and abilities required in the profession today.

    FREE NIGP-CPP Webinar
    Find out how the NIGP-CPP can help advance your procurement career by joining us for this upcoming Webinar, hosted by NIGP CEO, Rick Grimm, NIGP-CPP and NIGP Director of Certification, Diane Daly.

    Webinar: NIGP Certified Procurement Professional - Connecting Certification To Your Learning Aspirations

    DECEMBER 14 | 2PM - 3:30PM


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Out and About...
    Upcoming Chapter Events

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN  GOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING ASSOCIATION (RMGPA)
    Winter Conference and Vendor Trade Show
    DECEMBER 5 | Westminster, CO

    LOUISIANA CHAPTER OF NIGP
    Educational Conference and Products Exposition
    DECEMBER 7-8 | Lake Charles, LA

    VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING (VAGP)
    Spring Conference
    MARCH 17-20 | Roanoke, VA

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Job Board - Career Opportunities For You

    Whether you're looking for a job or recruiting for your entity, you can benefit from the NIGP Job Board. It's your best resource for career opportunities exclusively for public  procurement professionals.

    All NIGP members can search for or post open roles on the NIGP electronic job board. Postings are free to member agencies and are valid for 45 days.

    LEARN MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Quota - an allotment such as a quantity of a good or service that may be allowed (imports) or required (piecework) over a set period of time.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

  • NOVEMBER 22, 2023

    NIGP LEADERSHIP SUMMIT2024
    February 22-24 | Houston, TX

    Have you registered for IMPACT?
    Early Registration Ends Dec. 1

    IMPACT is designed for mid to senior procurement leaders and focuses on today’s most pressing challenge – attracting, retaining and inspiring talent.

    It’s a must-attend event that will help shape your future as an effective leader and the future of the profession.

    IMPACT addresses the need for transformational leadership and how this style of leadership can help your entity attract, develop and retain talent.

    In addition, if you register by December 1, you’ll get access to a live viewing of this year’s Live2Lead conference, brought to you from the Maxwell Institute and hosted by Lourdes Coss, NIGP-CPP, MPA, CPPO.

    Early Registration: $800 | Contact Hours: 24.5

    REGISTER NOW 


    MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

    Rick Grimm, NIGP-CPP
    NIGP Chief Executive Officer

    On behalf of the Institute and the NIGP Board, I'd like to thank you for being part of our community of procurement professionals. We are blessed to be in the company of so many amazing people. 

    It's truly been an honor to serve you for the past 26 years. Our mission to develop, support and promote the profession has never been stronger.

    Thanks to our dedicated members, we've achieved a number of milestones this year which include hosting a record-breaking Forum in Louisville, KY with almost 2,600 attendees (in person and virtually) and awarding a total of 1,168 NIGP-CPP certifications to procurement leaders throughout North America. It's experiences like this that inspire us and reinforce our commitment to elevate the profession.  

    We have so much to be thankful for and look forward to the endless possibilities in 2024. 

    Happy Thanksgiving! 


    CELEBRATIONS

    Celebrating You and All You Do!
    Happy Thanksgiving from the NIGP Team

    Marlena Bludzien, Meetings Administrator
    Logan Boutcher, Certification Coordinator
    Mauricio Butron, Customer Care Representative
    Chanda Taylor Carpenter Director, Content Research & Development
    Diane Daly, Director of Certification Programs
    Justin Dearing, Learning Systems Manager
    Tu Dent, Bookkeeper
    Sabrina Fedorowich, Human Resources Manager & Office Administration
    Fred Kuhn, Chief Growth Officer
    Jef Kupiec, Education Delivery Manager
    Helen Leonard, Governance Manager
    Ronni Levine, Web Content Manager
    Libby Lewallen, Business Intelligence Analyst
    Kaitlyn Mankin, Program Support Specialist
    Katie McLachlan, Customer Care Representative
    Emily Moses, Publications & Content Curation Manager
    Angie Newcomer, Learning Experience Designer
    Catherine Patin, Marketing Communications Manager
    Karen Robinson, Events & Programs Administrator
    Belinda Sites, Director, Community Engagement
    Todd Slater, Chief Content Officer
    Jennifer Steffan, Chapter Relations Manager
    Ryan Swink, Business Development Manager
    Charles Taylor, Education Program Manager
    Katherine Torres, Controller
    Fareshta Touhami, Director of Marketing
    Carrie Winter, Director, Events & Program Delivery
    Tony Yu, Director of IT


    NIGP-CPP

    Reminder to CPPO and CPPB Applicants and Pathway F Candidates

    After May 31, 2024, Pathway F will still be available to current CPPB/CPPOs as an eligibility pathway. However, the opportunity to bridge to the NIGP-CPP by just successfully completing Exam Module B only ends on May 31, 2024.

    When May 2024 testing ends on May 31, 2024, ALL candidates – regardless of eligibility pathway – will be required to successfully complete BOTH Exam Module A and Exam Module B to earn the NIGP-CPP certification.

    Two testing windows remain before the May 2024 testing ends on May 31, 2024. Registration and payment for February 2024 testing closes on December 20. Registration and payment for May 2024 testing opens on January 4, 2024, and closes
    March 31, 2024.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Giving Thanks To Our Chapters...
    NIGP Chapters have been established for 50+ years

    Do you know when your local chapter was founded? 

    Here's a peek at Chapters dating back to the 1970s:

    1971 - Michigan Public Purchasing Officers Association
    1976 - Missouri Association of Public Purchasing
    1976 - Wisconsin Association for Public Procurement
    1977 - Arizona State Capitol Chapter
    1977 - Illinois Association of Public Procurement Officials, Inc.
    1977 - Northern New Jersey Chapter
    1977 - Southern New Jersey Chapter
    1978 - Ontario Public Buyers Association, Inc.
    1978 - Capital Area Purchasing Association
    1978 - Louisiana Chapter
    1978 - Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Pathways Concierge Program 

    Customized, complementary professional education services to help guide your career journey.

    Experienced procurement and education professionals talk to members about their career goals and help identify their best professional path forward, and mentor them along the way using the NIGP Pathways program. 

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Actual Cost - all direct and indirect costs incurred for services, supplies, or construction as distinguished from estimated or forecasted costs.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

  • NOVEMBER 15, 2023

    NIGP LEADERSHIP SUMMIT2024
    February 22-24 | Houston, TX

    Join Us for IMPACT
    Early Registration Ends Dec. 1

    Past attendees universally say - "this is the best educational program we have ever attended!"

    Are you a mid to senior-level procurement leader eager to explore the most in-demand procurement topics facing the profession?

    Then, you need to register for IMPACT.

    Special Offer: Register by December 1 and you'll get free access to a recording of the immersive four-hour event Live2Lead 2023. 

    Early Registration: $800 | Contact Hours: 24.5

    Hear why this is a must-attend experience...

    IMPACT VIDEO 

    REGISTER NOW 


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    James E. Crenshaw, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CFCM
    Team Lead Contract Specialist
    General Services Administration
    Washington, DC

    James has over 15 years’ experience in Supply Chain Logistics, Operations Management, and Procurement. He started his public procurement career with the City of Atlanta where he served as a Senior Contracting Officer after which he served as a Contract Specialist with the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer. He is currently a Team Lead Contract Specialist with GSA .

    He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Memphis & Master of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University. 

    James volunteers in several roles with NIGP, he is currently the President of the Washington, DC Chapter, member of the Talent Council serving as a liaison to the Pipeline and Placement committee, member of the Debriefing Best Practices Task force and most recently a featured speaker at Forum 2023.


    CELEBRATIONS

    Grateful To These Volunteer Leaders
    NIGP Talent Council 

    Stacy Lynn Adams, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB (Chair)
    Victor Leamer, CPPB (Chair-Elect)
    Tara Acton, NIGP-CPP, CPPB (Member)
    Cie Armstead, Thought Leader
    Christi Beatty, Thought Leader
    James Crenshaw, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CFCM(Member)
    Chris Coghill, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB (Member)
    Charlie Rosol, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB (Member)
    Tory Huff, CPPO, CPPB, VCCO, VCO (Member)
    Jenn Myers, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, MPA (Member)
    Bobbie Tolston, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB (Member)

    We'd Like To Celebrate You 

    Have you changed jobs? Or been promoted? We'd like to share your professional highlights with your  colleagues. Please email cpatin@nigp.org with your professional news. We can't wait to share it.


    NIGP-CPP

    NIGP-CPP Uniquely Connects Your Learning & Career Aspirations

    NIGP-CPP is the only procurement certification that targets mid- to executive-level leaders with a focus on the technical competencies, skills, behaviors, and abilities required of procurement leaders in today’s world.

    FREE Webinar
    Find out how the NIGP-CPP can help advance your procurement career by joining us for this upcoming Webinar, hosted by NIGP CEO, Rick Grimm, NIGP-CPP and NIGP Director of Certification, Diane Daly.

    Webinar: NIGP Certified Procurement Professional- Connecting Certification To Your Learning Aspirations

    NOVEMBER 28 | 2PM - 3:30PM


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Start Planning for 2024...Schedule Your
    Chapter Visits

    Don't forget to invite your Chapter Ambassadors or the NIGP Business Council to your chapter event. To schedule a visit please fill out the VISIT REQUEST FORM. NIGP has provided a CONTENT DESCRIPTION for all Business Council requests. 

    Upcoming Events

    MINNESOTA CHAPTER
    Fall Conference
    NOVEMBER 16-17 | Bloomington, MN

    RMGPA
    Winter Conference and Vendor Trade Show
    DECEMBER 5 | Westminster, CO

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NEW Research Brief: 2023 NIGP Workforce Competency Study

    In January 2023, NIGP initiated this project aimed at identifying and mapping the continuing education needs of our members. Two primary questions guided the research:

    1. What are the current skills and knowledge held by procurement professionals in the field?
    2. What are the skills and knowledge that employers look for when recruiting professionals for procurement positions at various career stages?


    The results are insightful and serve as a valuable resource as you grow in your career.
    RESEARCH BRIEF

    For your convenience, we've created a one-page reference document that summarizes key takeaways from this study. Download it today. 
    AT A GLANCE


    RADIO NIGP NOVEMBER SHOW

    Theme: Setting Boundaries To Be More Productive - In and Out of the Office

    Striking a balance between our professional and personal lives is not just a luxury but a necessity for our overall well-being and happiness.

    This month's show explores the value of creating boundaries – those invisible lines that define where your work life ends and your personal life begins.

    Get tips from colleagues on how they set boundaries from using technology to set calendar boundaries to using mentors to boundaries of control using different construction delivery methods.

    Plus, an interview with Emily Moses, NIGP Publications and Content Curation Manager, about the recently published 2023 Workforce Competency Study.

    Rick Grimm, NIGP CEO shares highlights from 2023 and gives heartfelt thanks and well wishes to members.

    RADIO NIGP

  • NOVEMBER 8, 2023

    NIGP LEADERSHIP SUMMIT2024
    February 22-24 | Houston, TX

    Q: Why is creating a culture that attracts, retains, and develops top people so important for today's procurement leaders? 

    A: Society has changed. It's become harder to attract the right talent, keep them, keep them motivated, and keep them inspired. When you lose people, it's demotivating and ruins morale in the organization. For a more efficient operation, we need to find new ways to attract talent and give them a reason to stay. 

    The IMPACT Program
    Today's leaders need to be more transformational  in their leadership style. That means developing and practicing new skillsets and mindsets.

    Transformational leadership is about building relationships. It's recognizing diversity, appreciating differences, building real trust, creating an environment of openness and understanding. People want to know they're part of something bigger than themselves.

    Transformational leadership is a practice, it's work, and these practices will be the focus of IMPACT at Leadership Summit.

    Early registration ends December 1.
    REGISTER NOW 

    Hear facilitators share the value you'll get from attending the IMPACT program in this
    pre-recorded 30-minute Preview Webinar.

    "People don't leave 'bad' organizations, they leave 'poor' leadership..."

    IMPACT Preview Webinar
    VIEW WEBINAR 


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Jody Jacoby, NIGP-CPP, CPPO 
    Director of Procurement
    Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities, St. Paul, MN

    Jody has over 22 years of experience in public procurement. She leads a centralized procurement team of 36 procurement professionals responsible for procuring everything from paper clips to light rail vehicles. She's very proud of the team, in fact, this year her procurement department earned the NIGP QPPD certification!

    The Metropolitan Council is the regional policy-making body, planning agency, and provider of essential services in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area in Minnesota. The agency mission is to foster efficient and economic growth for a prosperous region. They provide essential services and infrastructure for bus, rail, wastewater treatment services, regional parks, planning, affordable housing and more.

    Jody currently serves as the NIGP Member Council Board Chair and is also involved with the American Public Transit Association and Buy America Clarification Procurement Standards Committee.

    When she's not leading her procurement team, Jody is teaching yoga (a Certified Yoga Instructor), volunteering as a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Minnesota and enjoying almost every outdoor sport. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    Grateful To These Volunteer Leaders
    NIGP Member Council 

    Jody Jacoby, NIGP-CPP, CPPO (Chair)
    Zulay Millan, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FCCM (Chair-Elect)
    Sarah Andrews, NIGP-CPP, CPPB (Member)
    Carl Bonitto, CSCMP (Member)
    Lori Bryant, NIGP-CPP, CPPB (Member)
    Amy Flack NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, (Member)
    Stacy Gregg, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB (Member)
    Paige McDonald, CPPO, CPSM, CPPB (Member)
    Carrie Roberts, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M. (Member)
    Penny Owens, NIGP-CPP, CPPO (Member Representing Chapter Ambassadors)
    Katherine Tople, NIGP-CPP, CPPB (Member)
    Kristy Varda, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB (Member)

    We'd Like To Celebrate You 

    Have you changed jobs? Or been promoted?
    We'd like to share your professional highlights with your  colleagues.

    Please email cpatin@nigp.org with your professional news. We can't wait to share it.


    NIGP-CPP

    NIGP-CPP Retired Status Directory

    Craig Rader is the first to be recognized with the NIGP-CPP Retired status. This was conferred posthumously, and we are all very grateful for his contributions to the Institute, CAPPO, and the profession. 

    The NIGP-CPP Retired status is available to any current NIGP-CPP who is fully retired from active practice in the profession, including part-time work, consulting, instructing, or independent contracting in the procurement field.

    An individual with the NIGP-CPP Retired status is not a current NIGP-CPP certificant and is not required to recertify once the NIGP-CPP Status is obtained. All individuals with the NIGP-CPP Retired Status must use either the title NIGP-CPP Retired or the acronym NIGP-CPP Ret. to designate that they are not active and current NIGP-CPP certification holders.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Out and About...Upcoming Chapter Events

    SCAGPO WITH IAPPO 
    Annual Forum and Trade Show
    NOVEMBER 8-9 | Myrtle Beach, SC

    COPPER CHAPTER
    Reverse Trade Show
    NOVEMBER 14 | Tucson, AZ

    MINNESOTA CHAPTER
    Fall Conference
    NOVEMBER 16-17 | Bloomington, MN

    RMGPA
    Winter Conference and Vendor Trade Show
    DECEMBER 5 | Westminster, CO

    LOUISIANA CHAPTER OF NIGP
    Educational Chapter and Products Exposition
    DECEMBER 7-8 | Lake Charles LA

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    Recently Published Global Best Practice  Strategic Use of Cooperative Procurement  (Produced in partnership by NIGP and NCPP)

    Procurement entities can strategically use cooperative procurement practices to lower prices and administrative costs while increasing competition, which can lead to more favorable terms and conditions.

    Learn how cooperative procurement methods like joint solicitation and piggybacking are effective strategies to procure the goods and services your entity needs while supporting economic, social, and sustainability initiatives.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Joint Solicitation  - when two or more entities aggregate their individual needs into a single solicitation process in which each entity is bound to the contract that results from this effort, giving prospective suppliers a clear understanding of the volume and service level requirements necessary to support the involved entities.

    The NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms is a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    READ MORE

  • NOVEMBER 1, 2023

    NIGP LEADERSHIP SUMMIT2024
    February 22-24 | Houston, TX

    Our Profession is Evolving Rapidly

    Today's Leaders Must Be At The Forefront Of This Transformation 

    The IMPACT Program
    As procurement leaders, focusing on growing leadership capabilities in ourselves and in our teams is critical. When we do this, we guarantee a brighter future for each of us and the profession at large.

    Building a culture that attracts and retains an increasingly diverse, multigenerational workforce is essential. This year's IMPACT cohort focuses on facing these challenges head-on. 

    Whether this is your first time attending, or your third time, you'll walk away with learning and insights that will have an immediate impact on your work.

    Early registration ends December 1.
    REGISTER NOW 

    SPECIAL OFFER for all IMPACT Registrants 

    Get FREE ACCESS to a Recording of LIVE2LEADRegister by December 1.

    "You're with mid to senior level executives who are at the same point in their career..."

    What Past Attendees Have To Say
    VIEW VIDEO 


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Zulay V. Millan, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FCCM
    Assistant Manager Procurement Division
    Orange County, FL

    Serving on the NIGP Certification Commission has been one of the highlights of my career. I am thankful to have had the privilege to undertake this work under the inspiring leadership of Don Buffum, Carl Bonito and currently Sean Carroll.

    We just left DC (October 28th) after a few days of planning. Collaborating with visionaries like Jack Pellegrino, Barb Johnson, Stacy Gregg , Michael Bevis, Stephanie Dion and Adam Williams over the last few days to develop a next-level strategic plan has been really inspiring. In addition, I am so grateful for the support of Diane Daly, Logan Boutcher and Rick Grimm NIGP-CPP, the NIGP dream team! 

    Together with YOU we are focused on advancing our procurement profession and ensuring we maintain a premier certification to represent the top performers! Those among us known for our excellence, resilience and innovation are invested in the NIGP-CPP!


    CELEBRATIONS

    Grateful To These Volunteer Leaders
    NIGP Certification Commission

    Sean Carroll, NIGP-CPP, CPPO (Chair)
    Sawsan Abutabenjeh, (Member)
    Mike Bevis, Esq., FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, JD, CPPO, CPSM, DBIA, CJP, C.P.M. (Member)
    David Billingsley, CPSM, C.P.M. (Member Representing FAPPO)
    Nathan Daou, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., A.P.P. (Member) 
    Stacy Gregg, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB (Member)
    Dan Marran, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M. (Member)
    Zulay Vincenty Millan, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FCCM (Member)
    Jack Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM (Member Representing CAPPO)
    Christina Pryor, CPPO, CPPB, MPA (Member Representing NPI)
    Annie Teav, CPPB (Member)
    Adam Williams, Ph.D. (Member)

    We'd Like To Celebrate You
    Please email cpatin@nigp.org with your professional news. We can't wait to share it.


    NIGP-CPP

    Why Wait For The New Year To Make A Resolution? 

    Get ready for 2024 by applying and registering for the NIGP-CPP by mid-December. Hurry, the deadline for registration and payment for February 2024 testing is December 21!

    NIGP-CPP is the only procurement certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders. 

    The NIGP-CPP exam is a scenario-based exam rather than a traditional knowledge-based exam. Instead of testing knowledge, the NIGP-CPP exam assesses the technical competencies, skills, abilities, and behaviors required of a procurement leader on the job in today’s workforce.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Out and About...
    Upcoming Chapter Events

    CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER OF NIGP
    Reverse Trade Show
    NOVEMBER 8 | Maitland, FL

    SCAGPO WITH IAPPO 
    Annual Forum and Trade Show
    NOVEMBER 8-9 | Myrtle Beach, SC

    COPPER CHAPTER
    Reverse Trade Show
    NOVEMBER 14 | Tucson, AZ

    MINNESOTA CHAPTER
    Fall Conference
    NOVEMBER 16-17 | Bloomington, MN

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    Webinar: Brought To You By NIGP Business Council

    Part 1: Why Suppliers are Still Choosing to No Bid
    Part 2: Cost To Procure + Cost To Propose: Valuing Both the Supplier & Practitioner 

    Join us for a panel discussion on NIGP Business Council's 2nd edition 'We No Bid' whitepaper. Find out what you can do to not only get your solicitations into the supplier's "yes" pile but also have better working relationships. In the spirit of analyzing processes to increase contract competition, Part 2 of the Webinar explores the effectiveness of RFPs in a variety of settings.

    NOVEMBER 14 | 2PM - 4:05PM (ET) 


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Whole Instrument Rule - a doctrine that states that, where there is an ambiguity or other confusion within a written contract, courts must rely solely on what is intended by the contract as a whole rather than parsing individual phrases, clauses, or sentences

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

  • OCTOBER 25, 2023

    NIGP LEADERSHIP SUMMIT2024
    February 22-24 | Houston, TX

    Register Now for IMPACT
    Early Registration Ends December 1st

    Theme: Addressing Today's Public Procurement Talent Challenges: Creating a Culture that Attracts, Retains, and Develops Top People

    What your colleagues are saying about Leadership Summit?

    VIEW VIDEO 

    FREE WEBINAR: Get a Preview of IMPACT 
    Join us for this 30-minute webinar hosted by the NIGP Leadership Committee and hear from our key facilitators about their plans to make this a high energy, action-based experience. 
    NOVEMBER 1 | 2PM - 2:30PM (ET)

    INCREDIBLE OFFER for all IMPACT Registrants 

    Get FREE ACCESS to a Recording of LIVE2LEADRegister by December 1st


    IN THE SPOTLIGHT

    Peggy M. Hoffman, FASAE, CAE
    Facilitator - ACADEMY Program
    NIGP Leadership Summit2024

    Peggy is president of Mariner Management, an association management company which is home to one state association and  provides an array of support and training to associations and most importantly member volunteers.

    She's provided training and consultation on leadership development, component relations and strategic planning to more than a dozen national associations and many local groups over the past 30 years.

    The ACADEMY Program is designed for volunteer Chapter Leaders and we're thrilled that Peggy will be facilitating this valuable program at Leadership Summit on February 22-24 in Houston, Texas. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    The Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) Purchasing Department was recently awarded the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award (AEP) from the National Procurement Institute and was formally recognized at the LCPS Board of Education during their September meeting.

    This award is earned by agencies that demonstrate excellence in innovation, professionalism, productivity, and leadership. A total of 25 school districts in the US and Canada were awarded. The  Las Cruces Public Schools Purchasing Department (a staff of 6) was the only school district in New Mexico to receive the 2023 AEP Award. 

    The Las Cruces Public School District operates on a $600 million budget. Congratulations! 

    We want to hear from you. Please email cpatin@nigp.org with your professional news, we can't wait to share it.


    NIGP-CPP

    Reminder to CPPO and CPPB Applicants and Pathway F Candidates

    After May 31, 2024, Pathway F will still be available to current CPPB/CPPOs as an eligibility pathway. However, the opportunity to bridge to the NIGP-CPP by just successfully completing Exam Module B only ends on May 31, 2024.

    When May 2024 testing ends on May 31, 2024, ALL candidates – regardless of eligibility pathway – will be required to successfully complete BOTH Exam Module A and Exam Module B to earn the NIGP-CPP certification.

    Two testing windows remain before the May 2024 testing ends on May 31, 2024. Registration and payment for February 2024 testing closes on December 20. Registration and payment for May 2024 testing opens on January 4, 2024, and closes March 31, 2024.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Out and About...
    Upcoming Chapter Events

    WASHINGTON STATE CHAPTER
    Fall Conference/20th Anniversary Celebration
    NOVEMBER 2 | Seattle, WA

    CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER OF NIGP
    Reverse Trade Show
    NOVEMBER 8 | Maitland, FL

    SCAGPO WITH IAPPO 
    Annual Forum and Trade Show
    NOVEMBER 8-9 | Myrtle Beach, SC

    COPPER CHAPTER
    Reverse Trade Show
    NOVEMBER 14 | Tucson, AZ

    MINNESOTA CHAPTER
    Fall Conference
    NOVEMBER 16-17 | Bloomington, MN

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Job Board - Career Opportunities For You

    Whether you're looking for a job or recruiting for your entity, you can benefit from the NIGP Job Board. It's your best resource for career opportunities exclusively for public  procurement professionals.

    All NIGP members can search for or post open roles on the NIGP electronic job board. 

    Postings are free to member agencies and are valid for 45 days.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Open Account Purchase  - a purchase by a buyer who has established credit with a supplier, payment for which is to be made at some future date, in accordance with terms agreed upon when the account was established.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    READ MORE

  • OCTOBER 18, 2023

    NIGP LEADERSHIP SUMMIT2024

    February 22-24 | Houston, TX

    Register Now for IMPACT
    Early Registration Ends December 1st

    Theme: 

    Addressing Today’s Public Procurement Talent Challenges:
    Creating a Culture that Attracts, Retains, and Develops Top People

    FREE WEBINAR: Get a Preview of IMPACT 
    Interested in attending Leadership Summit and want to learn more about the Impact program? Join us for this 30-minute webinar hosted by the NIGP Leadership Committee and hear from our key facilitators about their plans to make this a high energy, action-based experience for everyone attending.
    NOVEMBER 1 | 2PM - 2:30PM (ET)

    Incredible Value-Added Offer for all IMPACT Registrants
    Get FREE ACCESS to a Recording of


    IN THE SPOTLIGHT

    John C. Maxwell
    #1 Leadership Expert and Best-Selling Author

    John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, coach, and author who has sold over 19 million books.

    Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and the John Maxwell Company, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders in 180 countries. Every year Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations and many of the world's top business leaders.

    Live2Lead is an annual leadership gathering developed by Maxwell Leadership. For nine years, Live2Lead has shared leadership and personal growth principles to a live audience and over 300 simulcast locations around the world. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    Grateful To These Volunteer Leaders The Talented Team of Radio NIGP 

    Barb Johnson, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, M.P.A., CPPO, CPPB
    Bobbie Tolston, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Brooke Smith, MIS, CMC, MMC
    Charlie  Rosol, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    David Nash, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Don Buffum, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Jon Walton, JD, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Keith Ashby, CPPO
    Kate Rotella, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, MPA
    Keith Glatz, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Kevin Yin, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Kirk Buffington, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPFIM, MBA
    Kristy Varda, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, MS, MBA
    Lynda Allair, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Michael Bevis, FNIGP, JD, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSDM, C.P.M., PMP
    Penny Owens, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Stacy Adams, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Stacy Gregg, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Stephanie Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CTPE
    Tara Acton, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Valerie Scott, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Victor Leamer, CPPB


    NIGP-CPP

    Future-Focused and Elevating the 
    Profession

    NIGP-CPP is a unique and powerful certification that accelerates your long-term career growth and success. It’s designed for mid to executive level leaders by assessing the technical competencies, skills, and abilities required of procurement leaders in today’s world.

    The NIGP-CPP certification is a valuable investment in your career and in yourself. Here’s how the NIGP-CPP can help you move forward on your professional career journey:

    • Emphasizes Technical Competencies vs Knowledge. 
    • Provides Flexibility and Choice. 
    • Focuses on the full scope of all the capabilities needed to be successful 
    • Sets a new industry standard
    • Built on solid research
       

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Out and About...
    Upcoming Chapter Events

    ONTARIO PUBLIC BUYERS ASSOCIATION
    Reverse Trade Show
    OCTOBER 25 | Oakville, ON

    TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC PURCHASING/EAST TENNESSEE
    Fall Conference
    OCTOBER 25-27 | Pidgeon Forge, TN

    TAMPA BAY AREA CHAPTER OF NIGP
    Trade Show
    OCTOBER 27 |  Tampa, FL

    WASHINGTON STATE CHAPTER
    Fall Conference/20th Anniversary Celebration
    NOVEMBER 2 | Seattle, WA

    CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER OF NIGP
    Reverse Trade Show
    NOVEMBER 8 | Maitland, FL

    READ MORE


    RADIO NIGP

    October Show: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    Highlights include:

    An interview with Art Moore, Ella Pierce Diversity and Inclusion Award recipient, who discusses his work with the Illinois Equity and Inclusion Initiatives. 

    Legally Speaking - City of Richmond v J.A. Croson in which the US Supreme Court held that the minority set-aside program of Richmond, Virginia, which gave preference to minority business enterprises in the awarding of municipal contracts, was unconstitutional.

    Construction Junction - the use of the DBE Program in Federal Funded Construction Projects and Procurement's Role

    And so much more...including NIGP's Todd Slater on what you can expect from Leadership Summit2024. 

    VIEW RADIO NIGP


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Cross Docking - a process that removes the storage of goods from the supply chain by unloading goods directly from one transport vehicle, sorting them, and then reloading them directly into another transport vehicle to continue the transportation journey. 

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. A useful resource for today's public procurement professional.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    READ MORE

  • OCTOBER 11, 2023

    NIGP LEADERSHIP SUMMIT2024

    February 22-24, 2024 | Houston, TX

    Leadership Summit brings together three NIGP flagship leadership programs: Edge (for emerging leaders), Impact (for mid-to-senior-level leaders), and Academy (for newly elected chapter leaders). What makes Leadership Summit unique is the opportunity to expand your network as you connect with leaders who are at various stages in their career. You'll work together for an in-depth discovery of what it means to be a leader in the public procurement profession throughout your career journey.
    PROGRAM OVERVIEW & JUSTIFICATION KIT

    Get a Preview of NIGP Leadership Summit2024 - FREE WEBINAR 
    Interested in attending Leadership Summit and want to learn more? Or, maybe you’ve already registered, but you want to better understand what you’ll get out of attending. Join us as we explore the Leadership Summit experience. 

    During this 30-minute webinar, the primary focus will be on the Impact program. The NIGP Leadership Committee will provide a preview of what to expect from attending and hear from our key facilitators about their plans to make this a high energy, action-based experience for all attendees.

    NOVEMBER 1 | 2PM - 2:30PM (ET)


    The Impact Program
    For Mid-to-Senior-Level Leaders

    Theme: Addressing Today’s Public Procurement Talent Challenges: Creating a Culture that Attracts, Retains, and Develops Top People

    As organizations continue to struggle with attracting and retaining top employees, this year’s Impact cohort focuses on meeting these challenges head-on by using the principles and best practices of distinct Leadership Mindsets.

    New this year, we'll host webinars before and after the in-person Leadership Summit experience to help prepare, synthesize, and reinforce what you’ll learn from this three-day experience.

    Early Registration: $800 | Contact Hours: 24.5

    REGISTER TODAY


    Meet The Impact Program Facilitators

    Francis J. Caputo, CMC, Co-Founder and Lead Trainer for 4D Associates International
    READ BIO

    Elizabeth Lara Caputo 
    Co-Founder and CEO of 4D Associates International.
    READ BIO 

    Michael Rossman
    Chief Human Resources Officer Hennepin County, MN 
    READ BIO 

    Christin Webb, NIGP-CPP
    CEO, The Greater You Leadership Series
    READ BIO 


    NIGP-CPP

    NIGP-CPP Uniquely Connects Your Learning & Career Aspirations

    NIGP-CPP is the only procurement certification that targets mid- to executive-level leaders with a focus on the technical competencies, skills, behaviors, and abilities required of procurement leaders in today’s world.

    FREE NIGP-CPP Webinar
    Find out how the NIGP-CPP can help advance your procurement career by joining us for this upcoming Webinar, hosted by NIGP CEO, Rick Grimm, NIGP-CPP and NIGP Director of Certification, Diane Daly.

    Webinar: NIGP Certified Procurement Professional - Connecting Certification To Your Learning Aspirations

    OCTOBER 24 | 2PM - 3:30PM


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Out and About 
    Upcoming Chapter Events

    MAGPPA
    Annual Conference
    OCTOBER 15-18 | Natchez, MI

    KENTUCKY PUBLIC PURCHASING ASSOCIATION
    Annual Forum and Products Expo
    OCTOBER 18-20 | Owensboro, KY

    OKLAHOMA ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
    OKAPP Forum
    OCTOBER 19-20 | Tulsa, OK

    ONTARIO PUBLIC BUYERS ASSOCIATION
    Reverse Trade Show
    OCTOBER 25 | Oakville, ON

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    White Paper Developed by NIGP Business Council - "That was Then, This is Now, Why Suppliers are Still Choosing to 'No Bid'.

    Nearly a decade after the NIGP Business Council created its first white paper, “We ‘No Bid,’ and I’ll Tell You Why", suppliers are still choosing to "No Bid".  

    Find out why with this FREE White Paper. 

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Whole Instrument Rule  -  a doctrine stating that, where there is an ambiguity or other confusion within a written contract, courts must rely solely on what is intended by the contract as a whole rather than parsing individual phrases, clauses, or sentences. 

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries. Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

  • OCTOBER 4, 2023

    LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2024
    Registration Now Open For Impact and Academy

    Leadership Summit is a comprehensive learning experience that brings together three NIGP flagship leadership programs:

    Edge (for emerging leaders); Impact (for mid-to-senior-level leaders); and Academy (for newly elected chapter leaders).

    Registration is now open for our Impact and Academy programs.

    Secure your spot and get ready to unlock your potential at Leadership Summit on February 22 - 24 in Houston, Texas.

    No matter where you are in your leadership journey, there’s a program for you at Leadership Summit.

    Why attend? What your colleagues are saying about Leadership Summit?

    VIEW VIDEO

    Mid-To-Senior Managers

    The Impact Program is designed for mid-to-senior-level procurement leaders who want to explore the most in-demand topics that enhance the necessary skills needed to thrive in their role.

    Impact Theme: Addressing Today's Public Procurement Talent Challenges

    As organizations continue to struggle with attracting and retaining top employees, this year’s Impact program focuses on meeting these challenges head-on by using the principles and best practices of distinct Leadership Mindsets. 

    REGISTER TODAY

    Chapter Academy

    The Academy Program is designed for Chapter Leaders and draws from research on what drives success in chapters. This customized program explores the four key pillars of success through case studies, trends, and discussion.

    The Four Key Pillars Of Success Include: 

    • Leadership
    • Member Engagement
    • Operations
    • Members Services
       

    REGISTER TODAY


    NIGP-CPP

    Reminder to CPPO/CPPB Applicants and Candidates

    Pathway F will still be available to current CPPB/CPPOs as an eligibilty pathway. However, the opportunity to bridge to the NIGP-CPP by just successfully completing Exam Module B only ends on May 31, 2024. After May 2024 testing ends on May 31, 2024, ALL candidates – regardless of eligibilty pathway – will be required to successfully complete BOTH Exam Module A and Exam Module B to earn the NIGP-CPP certification.

    Two testing windows remain before the May 2024 testing ends on May 31, 2024. Registration and payment for February 2024 testing closes on December 20. Registration and payment for May 2024 testing opens January 4, 2024, and closes March 31, 2024. If you want to test in February or May 2024, please be sure to apply, register, and remit all fees before registration and payment close!

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapters Play a Central Role at NIGP

    When you become a member in a local NIGP chapter, you gain access to a local network of procurement professionals who can help you advance in your career, develop critical leadership skills, and create change that positively impacts your community.

    Schedule Your Chapter Visits
    It's never too early to start planning for 2024! Don't forget to invite your Chapter Ambassadors or the NIGP Business Council to your chapter event. To schedule a visit please fill out the VISIT REQUEST FORM. NIGP has provided a CONTENT DESCRIPTION for all Business Council requests


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Member Directory - a valuable resource to connect and consult with like-minded procurement professionals from across the country and Canada.

    Search the 17,000+ member directory by organization type, geographic location and so much more.

    There's no better time to build strong meaningful connections that can have a positive impact in our lives today and into the future.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Externality  - a benefit or cost borne by a third party but not by the producer.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    READ MORE

  • SEPTEMBER 27, 2023

    NIGP MASTERMIND PROGRAM

    A leader knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” John Maxwell

    The NIGP Mastermind Program is grounded in the leadership teachings of world-famous leadership expert John Maxwell. The program focuses on various leadership concepts taught in a peer-to-peer learning environment by procurement professionals. Each Mastermind topic provides a unique opportunity for leaders to share their expertise, experiences, and the chance to put these new concepts into practice through a mix of activities and discussion.

    The Mastermind Program is recommended for NIGP Members that are mid to senior procurement leaders who have completed the NIGP Leadership Core Certificate, Leaders Edge or Leading for Impact.


    BEGINS OCTOBER 11
    5 Virtual Sessions
    Earn 10 Contact Hours 


    BEGINS OCTOBER 11
    5 Virtual Sessions 
    Earn 10 Contact Hours


    BEGINS NOVEMBER 7
    4 Virtual Sessions
    Earn 8 Contact Hours


    NOVEMBER 29
    1 Day Workshop
    Earn 7 Contact Hours


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    John D. Veal, Jr., NIGP-CPP, CPPB, MBA, MSA
    Retired
    Lawton, OK 

    New Chapter Ambassador At Large

    John served in the U.S. Army for 23 years retiring as a First Sergeant. His work in the Army Finance Corps took him to many assignments including as finance detachment commander in Desert Storm/Desert Shield and defense military pay officer at Fort Polk, La., and Fort Sill.

    His journey into public procurement began in 1995 where he served in a variety of positions from Director of Purchasing for the City of Lawton, Oklahoma to District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Oklahoma District Office.

    John is an active member of the Oklahoma Association of Public Procurement (OKAPP) and has served in many capacities. He was also one of the pilot recipients of the NIGP-CPP. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    Grateful To These Volunteer Leaders
    NIGP Mentorship Committee

    Brandy Hazel, NIGP-CPP, CPPB (Chair)
    Christine Baker, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB (Vice Chair)
    Kirk Buffington, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPFIM, MBA
    O'Linda Fuller, DCPC, MBA, CASA
    Marcheta Gillespie, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPM, CPPB, C.P.M.
    Keith Glatz, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    June Nasby, CPPB
    David Nash, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Philip Saunders, MCFE, DSL, LSSGB
    LaTasha Terry, NIGP-CPPO, CPPO

    We'd Like To Celebrate You 

    Have you changed jobs? Or have you been promoted? We'd like to share your professional highlights with your colleagues. Please email cpatin@nigp.org with your professional news. We can't wait to share it.


    NIGP-CPP

    Why NIGP-CPP?

    It's the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders. 

    The NIGP-CPP exam is a scenario-based exam rather than a traditional knowledge-based exam. Instead of testing knowledge, the NIGP-CPP exam assesses the technical competencies, skills, abilities, and behaviors required of a procurement leader on the job in today’s workforce.

    Registration and payment for the November testing window closes September 30th. Apply today!

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    Chapters are engaging with procurement professionals and suppliers within their own communities. 

    IAPPO
    Fall Conference & Supplier Conference
    OCTOBER 4 | Oakbrook, IL 

    ONTARIO PUBLIC BUYERS ASSOCIATION
    Annual Conference
    OCTOBER 4-6 | Niagara Falls, ON

    NEW YORK STATE ASSOC. OF MUNICIPAL PURCHASING OFFICIALS, INC.
    Annual Conference
    OCTOBER 11-13 | Lake George, NY

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCE

    NIGP Mentorship Program - a formal 1:1 mentoring experience that allows for continuous registration.

    Public procurement professionals are paired with more experienced NIGP members who can provide guidance on professional development opportunities and offer other career-related advice on an on-going basis.

    Join as a Mentor or Mentee.

    LEARN MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Novation - an agreement in which one of the parties to a contract accepts the substitution of the second party to the contract with an alternative party. The rights and obligations of the previous party are transferred to the successor party. 

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    READ MORE

     

  • SEPTEMBER 19, 2023

    MINING FOR GOLD...

    Leadership Gold

    Begins October 11
    5 Virtual Sessions (2 Hours Each)
    Earn 10 Contact Hours

    Leadership Gold offers tried-and-true lessons that leadership expert John Maxwell has learned from a lifetime of teaching and leading. These golden nuggets of leadership wisdom are designed to help the experienced leader grow by exploring priorities, focus, connection, choices, and teamwork in an engaging and powerful way.

    This leadership course is part of our new NIGP Mastermind Program grounded in the teachings of John Maxwell.

    Upon successful completion of all 5 two-hour sessions, participants earn a total of 10 contact hours. Each participant will receive John Maxwell’s signature book: Leadership Gold.

    READ MORE


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Russ Pankey
    Retired
    Virginia Beach, VA

    New Chapter Ambassador At Large

    Russ Pankey has volunteered on the chapter level since joining NIGP in 1999. He has been a member of four chapters of NIGP throughout his career, serving on the boards of two chapters.

    Russ’s volunteer work included chairing and organizing KCRPE or Kansas City Regional Procurement Expo for many years. KCRPE is a regional event in Kansas City and is a join effort of three chapters: MAPP, MACPP, and KAPPP and is modeled after NIGP Forum.

    Russ served on the NIGP Talent Council for six years, as well as several committees. In 2015, he was one of the Forum host committee chairs when Forum came to Kansas City. Having retired in February 2023, he is thrilled to have an opportunity to give back to the profession by volunteering as a floater Chapter Ambassador.


    CELEBRATIONS

    September Radio NIGP
    Forum 2023 Aha Moments

    The dictionary defines an “aha moment” as a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension.

    For the over 2,500 attendees at NIGP’s Forum 2023, there were plenty of “aha moments” for seasoned public procurement professionals, first time attendees, as well as suppliers.

    "Aha Moments" include: 

    1. The Influence of procurement
    2. Shared interests (on a nationwide level)
    3. Networking experiences (leading to new ideas/solutions)
    4. Expertise knowledge shared and new technology
    5. Perspective and addressing assumptions from a non-procurement attendee
    6. New relationships & reuniting with friends
    7. And so much more


    WATCH RADIO NIGP


    NIGP-CPP

    Thank You! We've Reached A Total of 1,168 NIGP-CPP Certificants

    The August exam results are in and we're pleased to announce a new milestone - a total of 1,168 NIGP-CPP certifications have been awarded to procurement leaders throughout North America.

    When NIGP launched the NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP) certification, we knew from research that a competency-based certification for mid to executive level leaders was needed and wanted.

    And, we're thrilled with the success of this premier certification. This is in no small part due to the amazing group of professionals, volunteers, and subject matter experts who worked hard to elevate the work that each of you do by building a whole new way to get recognized for your competencies, skills, and abilities.

    COMPLETE LIST OF NIGP-CPPS


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapters Play An Important Role at NIGP

    Chapters are engaging with procurement professionals and suppliers within their own communities. Upcoming events: 

    MARYLAND PUBLIC PURCHASING ASSOC.
    Area 2 Conference
    SEPTEMBER 27-29 | Ocean City, MD

    IAPPO
    Fall Conference & Supplier Conference
    OCTOBER 4 | Oakbrook, IL 

    ONTARIO PUBLIC BUYERS ASSOCIATION
    Annual Conference
    OCTOBER 4-6 | Niagara Falls, ON

    NEW YORK STATE ASSOC. OF MUNICIPAL PURCHASING OFFICIALS, INC.
    Annual Conference
    OCTOBER 4-6 | Lake George, NY


    WHAT'S HAPPENING?

    We Want To Hear From You

    Have you changed jobs? Moved to a new state? Or have you been promoted?

    We'd like to share your professional highlights with your colleagues.

    After all, we're here to support one another and celebrate your accomplishments.

    Please email cpatin@nigp.org with your professional news. We can't wait to share it.


    IMPORTANT BILLING INFORMATION

    We've been experiencing billing delays. To avoid them, please add the below PMB number to NIGP's billing address. Thank you for your cooperation.

    NIGP BILLING ADDRESS:

    NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement
    440 Monticello Avenue, Suite 1802

    PMB 63452
    Norfolk, VA 23510-2670

  • SEPTEMBER 13, 2023

    NIGP Mastermind Program

    HOW CAN YOU BECOME A BETTER LEADER?

    The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership

    Begins October 11
    5 Virtual Sessions (2 Hours Each)
    Earn 10 Contact Hours

    This leadership course is part of our new NIGP Mastermind Program grounded in the teachings of world-famous leadership expert John Maxwell. The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership outlines the 21 rules that will help you become a better leader.

    Upon successful completion of all 5 two-hour sessions, participants earn a total of 10 contact hours. Each participant will receive John Maxwell’s signature book: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

    READ MORE


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Lori Noyes
    Contracts and Procurement Manager
    Valley Metro, AZ

    New Chapter Ambassador At Large

    Lori has 25+ years of experience in public procurement, primarily working with the State of Arizona. Throughout her career, she's been involved in top-level senior management activities and assisting various state agencies in executing their missions effectively.

    Lori's extensive experience in public procurement, contract administration, and staff management has equipped her with the skills to excel in managing complex procurement operations, ensuring compliance, and fostering positive relationships with stakeholders.

    She's served consecutively in the roles of Secretary, Vice President, President and is the current Immediate Past President for the Arizona State Capitol Chapter of NIGP.


    CELEBRATIONS

    Grateful For Our Leaders
    Serving on the NIGP Governing Board

    Carrie Mathes, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, APP, CPPB, C.P.M., CFCM, Chair
    Kate Rotella, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, Chair-Elect
    Glenn O'Steen, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, Treasurer and Chair, Finance Council
    Stacy Lynn Adams, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, Director Representing the Talent Council
    Sean Carroll, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, Director Representing the Certification Commission
    (Non-Voting)
    Lindsay Currie, CAE, Director (Thought Leader)
    Jody Jacoby, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, Director Representing the Member Council
    Molly McLoughlin, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, Director 
    Art Moore, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, Director
    Mike Mucha, Director (Thought Leader)
    Bill Shields, Director (Thought Leader)
    Jon Walton, NIGP-CPP, JD, CPPO, CPPB, CPM , Director  


    NIGP-CPP

    NIGP-CPP Uniquely Connects Your Learning & Career Aspirations

    NIGP-CPP is the only procurement certification that targets mid- to executive-level leaders with a focus on the technical competencies, skills, behaviors, and abilities required of procurement leaders in today’s world.

    FREE NIGP-CPP Webinar
    Find out how the NIGP-CPP can help advance your procurement career by joining us for this upcoming Webinar, hosted by NIGP CEO, Rick Grimm, NIGP-CPP and NIGP Director of Certification, Diane Daly.

    Webinar: NIGP Certified Procurement Professional- Connecting Certification To Your Learning Aspirations

    SEPTEMBER 27 | 2PM - 3:30PM


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapters Play a Vital Role at NIGP

    Whether it's a Reverse Trade Show, or seasonal conference, Chapters are engaging with procurement professionals and suppliers within their own communities. Upcoming events: 

    MISSOURI ASSOC. OF PUBLIC PURCHASING
    Conference and Vendor Tradeshow
    SEPTEMBER 25-27 | Springfield, MO

    MARYLAND PUBLIC PURCHASING ASSOC.
    Area 2 Conference
    SEPTEMBER 27-29 | Ocean City, MD

    ONTARIO PUBLIC BUYERS ASSOCIATION
    Annual Conference
    OCTOBER 4-6 | Niagara Falls, ON

    READ MORE


    SUPPLIER MASTERS DESIGNATION

    Congratulations...Suppliers That Earned NIGP's Public Procurement Masters Designation

    Kim Abrego - Disaster Recovery Services
    Cory Brandt - Disaster Recovery Services
    Kristie Brooks – Carrier Corporation
    Traci Burtnett - Mdfcommerce
    Jeff Burgess - OPENGOV Recovery
    Frank Carroll - Canon Solutions America
    Matt Steven DeWolf - Amazon Web Services
    Thao Jones-Hill - OPENGOV Recovery
    Brian Meneghan – Carrier Corporation
    Boyd Montgomery - The Toro Company
    Michael Muscara - Procurated
    Taner Oztimurlenk – Canon Solutions America
    Mark Reese – National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance
    Ann Marie Rembert - Illinois Reb Services
    Robert Rhoads - Graybar


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Newly Published Global Best Practice
    Strategic Use of Cooperative Procurement

    Procurement leaders throughout the United States and Canada realize the value of cooperative procurement and are increasingly relying on this strategic tool to reduce costs and save time.

    Written in collaboration with National Cooperative Procurement Partners, NIGP's newest Global Best Practice, Strategic Use of Cooperative Procurement, provides fresh guidance for evaluating cooperative contracting options.  

    Cooperative procurement methods like joint solicitation and piggybacking are effective strategies to procure the goods and services your entity needs while supporting economic, social, and sustainability initiatives.

    DOWNLOAD PRACTICE


    IMPORTANT BILLING INFORMATION

    We've been experiencing billing delays. To avoid them, please add the below PMB number to NIGP's billing address. Thank you for your cooperation.

    NIGP BILLING ADDRESS:

    NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement
    440 Monticello Avenue, Suite 1802

    PMB 63452
    Norfolk, VA 23510-2670

  • SEPTEMBER 6, 2023

    NIGP Forum 2023
    A picture is worth a thousand words!

    Forum 2023 was a record-breaking event drawing over 2,500 procurement professionals from across North America, both in-person and virtually.

    Forum is a conference like no other. Check out these photos and see firsthand the amazing time shared by all.

    FORUM 2023 PHOTOS

    A special shout-out to our government partner and sponsors for helping to make Forum 2023 a spectacular public procurement experience.

    Ella H. Pierce, 96 years young, made a rare personal appearance at the NIGP Awards Luncheon where she met Art Moore, the 2023 recipient of the award named in her honor – the Ella H. Pierce Diversity and Inclusion Award.


    MY FORUM EXPERIENCE

    Robert Namor
    Procurement Officer
    Maricopa County, AZ

    I wanted to quickly thank the NIGP Scholarship Committee and Sourcewell for providing the financial assistance that allowed me to attend NIGP Forum 2023 virtually.

    Having never been to Forum in the past but working with peers who have, I was excited for the learnings that would be available. The experience significantly surpassed my expectations. The Cooperative pathway sessions were incredibly informative, and the workshop allowed me to connect with industry professionals in Houston and New Jersey to share best practices about handling ongoing supply issues.

    Additionally, the Plenary Sessions were a great way to reengage and feel excited about the work and working environment of public procurement. I especially appreciated the message and sentiment of Jess Pettitt in meeting people where they are and being sympathetic of everyone’s circumstances.

    Everyone talks about how divided we are as a nation, but few people come forward to discuss how we can address the issues. We need to give more grace to our neighbors and colleagues, and I thought Jess did a wonderful job of explaining that.

    I look forward to continuing to develop key competencies in public procurement and am eager to put some of my Forum learnings into practice. Thank you again to the Scholarship Committee and Sourcewell for affording me the opportunity to attend and learn. I am incredibly grateful.


    2023 NIGP AWARD WINNERS

    Albert H. Hall Memorial Award
    Kirk Buffington, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPFIM
    Anne Deatherage Meritorious Service Award
    Christine Coghill, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Distinguished Service Award
    Lorie Newton, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Greg Spearman, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Ella H. Pierce Diversity & Inclusion Award
    Art Moore, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Integrity  Award
    Tricia Leezer, CPPO, CPPB
    Leadership Award
    David Nash, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Procurement Manager of the Year
    Erin D’Vincent, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Procurement Specialist of the Year
    Tracy Garcia, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Volunteer Award
    Penny Owens, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Young Professional Award
    Alyssa Ellington, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    2023 Agency Advancement Award
    Orange County Public Schools, FL


    FORUM 2023 VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

    Forum 2023 Video Highlights


    LEARNING PATHS

    Based On Your Meaningful Feedback...
    We Introduced 3 Learning Paths 

    The three motivating learning paths were developed for both in-person and virtual attendees and included:

    • The Cooperative Procurement Journey
    • Navigating the Construction Procurement Process
    • The Technology Procurement Jumpstart

    Each learning path consisted of 4 sessions (75 minutes each). You could take an individual session in a path or attend all the sessions in a path and earn a badge (upon successfully passing an assessment). 

    A total of 607 attendees participated in these Learning Paths. The energy and enthusiasm in each of the sessions was contagious. Chats included comments such as - "The best audio and video presentation of the day", "Great Information", "Awesome", and "Can't wait for the other sessions"

    Thank you to all - subject matter experts and attendees - for making this an engaging learning experience.  


    CHAPTER NEWS

    DARE TO CARE Chapter Challenge
    A Virtual Food Drive 

    The Kentucky Public Procurement Association selected DARE TO CARE as our charity for NIGP Forum 2023.

    NIGP Chapters were invited to participate in this virtual food drive with the top 3 Chapters receiving bragging rights along with prizes benefiting their chapters.

    The Top 3 Chapter Challenge Winners: 

    1st Place: Tennessee Association of Public Purchasing Chapter of NIGP
    Raised $1,719.39

    2nd Place: Central Florida Chapter of NIGP
    Raised $1,679.02

    3rd Place: Tampa Bay Area Chapter of NIGP
    Raised $1,399.25

    Congratulations and thank you for your participation. 


    NIGP BUSINESS COUNCIL THOUGHT LEADERS

    Get To Know The NIGP Business Council

    The role of the NIGP Business Council is to create stronger partnerships between suppliers and public procurement professionals.  Their mission is to contribute industry content and expertise to public procurement professionals to optimize outcomes for communities. Here's how: 

    • Presentations and whitepapers
    • Emerging industry trends
    • Category-specific data
    • Chapter-level engagement


    Learn More About The NIGP Business Council

    NIGP Business Council

    WATCH VIDEO


    WORKING TO BETTER SERVE YOUR NEEDS

    NIGP Business Council Activities at Forum 2023

    Monday, Plenary Session 
    Attendees Invited to Play Kaboot! 

    Kahoot! is an interactive game-based learning quiz.  Forum participants accessed the game from their phones and answered questions live during the plenary hosted by the NIGP Business Council.  

    A total of 948 players participated in Kahoot!. 
    The Top 3 Kahoot! Winners
    Keri Bright - City of Rochester Hills, MI
    Sheena Boonen - Ada  County, ID Sheriff's Office
    Karisa Scott - City of Knoxville, TN
    Winners receive FREE NIGP Forum 2024 registrations. READ MORE

    Tuesday Learning Sessions

    • That Was Then: This Is Now: Why Suppliers Are Still Choosing  To No Bid (Based on the Council's 2nd Edition White Paper) 
    • Cost To Procure + Cost To Propose (Assessing the full expense of an RFP)


    Sessions were full of aha moments for suppliers and the procurement community as they build stronger partnerships. 


    IMPORTANT BILLING INFORMATION

    We've been experiencing billing delays, in order to avoid these delays, please add the below PMB number to NIGP's billing address. Thank you for your cooperation.

    NIGP BILLING ADDRESS:

    NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement
    440 Monticello Avenue, Suite 1802
    PMB 63452
    Norfolk, VA 23510-2670

  • AUGUST 30, 2023

    NIGP Forum Virtual 2023

    NIGP Forum 2023
    A record-breaking success!

    And it's all because of you...

    Thank you for making Forum 2023 a milestone event. 

    This year's attendance for the in-person and virtual experience reached a record 2,570 attendees. Our tagline for the event, "where more happens", definitely proved true this past week. More connections, more learning, and more good times were had by all. 

    A special shout-out to our government partner and sponsors for helping to make Forum 2023 a spectacular public procurement experience.


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Fatima Calkins, CPPO, CPPB
    Assistant Manager, Purchasing IT
    Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

    NEW Chapter Ambassador At Large

    Fatima has over 40 years’ experience in public and private procurement. She is deeply committed to the promotion of professional development, fostering an environment conducive to member growth and development and promoting environmentally-friendly purchasing best practices. Her work with various committees with NIGP, Central Florida Chapter and FAPPO can attest to this

    Fatima currently serves as a Mentor for the NIGP Mentoring Program and chairs the Mentoring Program Committee of the Central Florida Chapter. Her accolades include: 2012 Member of The Year, 2014 and 2016 the CFC-NIGP Professional Buyer of the Year, 2014 FAPPO Volunteer of the Year and 2017 NIGP Professional Buyer of the Year. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    2023 Chapter Performance Standards Seals Recipients

    Congratulations to these NIGP Chapters! 

    Platinum Performance Standard Seal
    Arizona State Capitol Chapter of NIGP
    Central Florida Chapter of NIGP
    Copper Chapter of NIGP
    Maryland Public Purchasing Association
    Virginia Association of Governmental Procurement

    Gold Performance Standard Seal
    Columbia Chapter of NIGP
    Delaware Public Purchasing Association
    Idaho Public Purchasing Association
    Minnesota Chapter of NIGP
    North Carolina Association of Governmental Purchasing
    Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association
    South Carolina Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials
    Tampa Bay Area Chapter
    Utah Chapter of NIGP
    Washington State Chapter of NIGP

    READ MORE


    NIGP MASTERMIND PROGRAM

    NIGP Members Save 50% on September Pilot Courses.

    NIGP’s newest offering, is geared toward mid to senior procurement leaders. The Mastermind Program is grounded in leadership expert John Maxwell's teachings, these offering can earn participants a Maxwell Leadership Certificate. The program provides targeted study of various leadership concepts in peer-to-peer learning environments.

    Becoming a Person of Influence - SEPT. 5
    Everyone Communicates, Few Connect - SEPT. 5
    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 - SEPT. 6
    Developing the Leaders Around You - SEPT. 6

    Each course consists of 3 two-hour sessions. Upon successful completion, participants earn a total of 6 Contact Hours.

    Special pricing made possible thanks to our government partner Sourcewell. 

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapters play a vital role at NIGP

    Whether it's a Reverse Trade Show, or seasonal conference, Chapters are engaging with procurement professionals and suppliers within their own communities. Upcoming events: 

    GEORGIA CHAPTER OF NIGP
    Fall Conference and Product Exposition
    SEPTEMBER 12-14 | Decatur, GA

    MISSOURI ASSOC. OF PUBLIC PURCHASING
    Conference and Vendor Tradeshow
    SEPTEMBER 25-27Springfield, MO

    MARYLAND PUBLIC PURCHASING ASSOC.
    Area 2 Conference
    SEPTEMBER 27-29 | Ocean City, MD

    ONTARIO PUBLIC BUYERS ASSOCIATION
    Annual Conference
    OCTOBER 4-6 | Niagara Falls, ON


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Job Board - Career Opportunities For You

    Whether you're looking for a job or recruiting for your entity, you can benefit from the NIGP Job Board. It's your best resource for career opportunities exclusively for public  procurement professionals.

    All NIGP members can search for or post open roles on the NIGP electronic job board. Postings are free to member agencies and are valid for 45 days.

    LEARN MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Tactical Planning - the process of breaking down a strategic plan into specific, short-term plans (usually less than one year) with objectives, outcomes, and strategies.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    READ MORE


    IMPORTANT BILLING INFORMATION

    We've been experiencing billing delays, in order to avoid these delays, please add the below PMB number to NIGP's billing address. Thank you for your cooperation.

    NIGP BILLING ADDRESS:

    NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement
    440 Monticello Avenue, Suite 1802
    PMB 63452
    Norfolk, VA 23510-2670

     

  • AUGUST 23, 2023

    LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2024
    February 22 - 24, 2024 | Houston, TX

    Leadership Summit is a comprehensive learning experience that brings together three NIGP flagship leadership programs: Edge (for emerging leaders), Impact (for mid-to-senior-level leaders), and Academy (for newly elected chapter leaders).

    Last Call for EDGE and IMPACT Scholarships. Last Day to Apply is August 31. 

    EDGE | Program Applications Now Open
    Edge (formally known as Leaders Edge) is a transformative learning experience designed to prepare the next generation of public procurement leaders. This hybrid program is limited to a select group of participants annually.

    New this year, all Edge participants will get scholarships to cover the $997 program registration fee.

    APPLY NOW FOR PROGRAM

    IMPACT | Scholarship Applications Now OpenThe Impact program is designed for mid-to-senior-level procurement leaders who want to explore the most in-demand topics that enhance the necessary skills needed to thrive in their role. A select number of scholarships are available.

    APPLY NOW FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

    ACADEMY | Program Registration Opens Fall 2023
    This customized program is designed for Chapter Leaders to strengthen chapter operations, increase member engagement, and elevate member services.


    PROCUREMENT MANAGER OF THE YEAR

    Erin D'Vincent, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Procurement Manager
    City of Austin, TX

    Erin has worked for the City of Austin Procurement for 12 years where she supervises a staff of 11 that manages over 550 contracts valued at more than $1.6 billion.  Erin started with the City as a Buyer One and has progressed through every procurement position to her current role as Procurement Manager. As a servant leader, Erin has been selected to serve on many Central Procurement process improvement teams, drafted policy and procedures, led major procurement projects, and reviewed communications for executives and the City Council.

    She’s an admired, well-respected manager who is consistently sought after because of her keen knowledge of procurement policies and practices. She is passionate about Procurement which shows in her work/desire to push the City of Austin, Central Procurement to be a leader in the procurement industry.

    Once the NIGP-CPP certification was introduced, Erin knew she had to have it! She is the first employee in her organization to hold the NIGP-CPP certification.  

    Erin has been a presenter at NIGP Forum, completed the NIGP Leaders Edge Program and actively participates in the NIGP Mentoring Program.

    PROCUREMENT SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR

    Tracy Garcia, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Principal Contract Officer
    City of Tucson, AZ

    Tracy seeks every opportunity to learn, grow, and expand her knowledge and understanding of public procurement - not only for her own benefit, for that of the procurement team she is a part of. While employed full-time at the City of Tucson Tracy obtained her NIGP-CPP and CPPB certifications, participated as a mentee in the NIGP Mentorship Program, attended NIGP Chapter Academy and NIGP’s Leaders Edge program, earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, completed a Certified Public Manager program, and recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.

    Tracy served as the Vice-President of Membership for the Copper Chapter of NIGP from 2020 through 2021, is currently the Treasurer for the 2023-2024 term. She’d like to be seen as an inspiration to her co-workers encouraging networking, seeking certification and pursuing professional development. In her own words, “I live through service to my customers, coworkers, friends and family to help improve my life, my community and my profession.”


    NIGP MASTERMIND PROGRAM 

    NIGP Members Save 50% on September Pilot Courses.

    NIGP’s newest offering, is geared toward mid to senior procurement leaders. The Mastermind Program is grounded in leadership expert John Maxwell's teachings, these offering can earn participants a Maxwell Leadership Certificate. The program provides targeted study of various leadership concepts in peer-to-peer learning environments.

    Becoming a Person of Influence - SEPT. 5
    Everyone Communicates, Few Connect - SEPT. 5
    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 - SEPT. 6
    Developing the Leaders Around You - SEPT. 6

    Each course consists of 3 two-hour sessions. Upon successful completion, participants earn a total of 6 Contact Hours.

    Special pricing made possible thanks to our government partner Sourcewell. 

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Drumroll Please...
    Outstanding Chapter Award Winners
      

    This Chapter Award is offered in four categories for the pursuit of excellence in practices and innovations -  Chapter Operations, Chapter  Membership, Chapter Advocacy and Outreach, and Chapter Professional Development.  

    Outstanding Chapter Operations Award
    Utah Chapter of NIGP

    Outstanding Chapter Membership Award 
    Idaho Public Purchasing Association

    Outstanding Chapter Advocacy and Outreach Award
    Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing

    Outstanding Professional Development  Award
    Central Florida Chapter of NIGP

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Mentorship Program - a formal 1:1 mentoring experience that allows for continuous registration. Hear what colleagues have to say:

    VIEW VIDEO 


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Whole Instrument Rule - a doctrine that states that, where there is an ambiguity or other confusion within a written contract, courts must rely solely on what is intended by the contract as a whole rather than parsing individual phrases, clauses, or sentences.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    READ MORE

  • AUGUST 16, 2023

    LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2024
    February 22 - 24, 2024 | Houston, TX

    Dedicated to connecting leaders at every level, Leadership Summit is a comprehensive learning experience that brings together three NIGP flagship leadership programs: Edge (for emerging leaders), Impact (for mid-to-senior-level leaders), and Academy (for newly elected chapter leaders).

    EDGE | Program Applications Now Open
    Edge (formally known as Leaders Edge) is a transformative learning experience designed to prepare the next generation of public procurement leaders. This hybrid program is limited to a select group of participants annually.

    New this year, all Edge participants will get scholarships to cover the $997 program registration fee.

    APPLY NOW FOR PROGRAM

    IMPACT | Scholarship Applications Now Open
    The Impact program is designed for mid-to-senior-level procurement leaders who want to explore the most in-demand topics that enhance the necessary skills needed to thrive in their role. A select number of scholarships are available.

    APPLY NOW FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

    ACADEMY | Program Registration Opens Fall 2023
    This customized program is designed for Chapter Leaders to strengthen chapter operations, increase member engagement, and elevate member services.


    ALBERT H. HALL AWARD 

    Kirk Buffington, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPFIM
    Retired
    City of Fort Lauderdale, FL

    For over 25 years, we’ve had the honor and privilege of having Kirk Buffington bring us and teach us experiences that enhance our lives and the profession. His sage advice, empathy and personal dynamism set him apart and make him one of the most admired and respected procurement leaders in the profession. His strength of character, kind-heartedness and flat-out likeability make him a legacy. He’s resilient and always looking forward, never looking back. He has a clear passion for law, presenting countless sessions at the local, state and national levels focusing on case law affecting procurement operations.  These sessions are widely popular, consistently resulting in standing room only sessions. 

    Throughout the years, Kirk has served as a mentor to numerous procurement professionals. He regularly infuses ethics into discussion topics, and challenges us to ensure that we adhere to our ethical principles, even if it means departing from our entity if they do not subscribe to ethical standards. Kirk embodies what he speaks, he is highly respected for his professionalism and strong ethical values. He’s a champion for ensuring diversity of perspective and thought in our profession. Kirk is not afraid to challenge folks to think broadly and "outside the box".

    Kirk’s accomplishments are staggering, yet, he’s one of the most humble people you’ll ever meet. In a continued effort to reduce inefficiencies within his local government, Kirk accomplished the transfer of the City’s DBE program from the EEO office to procurement. He also designed and implemented the first procurement website for the City of Fort Lauderdale. In 1997 he implemented the City’s first Pcard program which saved the City significant labor and processing dollars, and generated millions of dollars in rebate revenue. As he moved up in the city organization, Kirk dealt with many of the political issues which often become a part of the way of life for senior administrators. During this time, he always fought for what was right, and always did the right thing. A moral standard he continues to live by. He is passionate about life and the pursuit of excellence, both in his own life and everything he commits to. You can agree or disagree with his position, however, in his mind and heart, he is always doing what he believes is best for the profession.

    At the state level, Kirk has served as President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary for FAPPO and recognized as the 2003 George H. Wolf Distinguished Service Award recipient in recognition of his years of service to the association as well as the profession. Kirk co-authored NIGP’s text, “The Legal Aspects of Purchasing” and has published numerous white papers and articles state-wide and nationally concerning legal aspects of government procurement and e-procurement. Kirk represented NIGP during the International Research Study on Public Procurement in Budapest, Hungary in April 2003 where he co‐authored a research paper entitled “The Fraud/Red Tape Dilemma in Public Procurement: A study of U.S. State and Local Governments.” He’s been a certified instructor for NIGP, an instructor at Florida Atlantic University in their Public Administration program and was elected to the NIGP Board in 2004 and elected as president in 2008. He’s served on a number of committees always providing sound guidance and advice.

    After a long and distinguished career in public procurement, when others would have sat back and relaxed, Kirk continues to teach, write and participate in Radio NIGP.  To this day, he continues to provide educational sessions to NIGP chapters, such as the Central Florida Chapter of NIGP as well as the Southeast Florida Chapter of NIGP on "Case Law”.  At the tender age of 70, Kirk’s latest accomplishment includes earning his Master of Legal Studies from the University of Cincinnati.

    You are an inspiration to us all and we congratulate you on receiving NIGP’s highest honor, the 2023 Albert H. Hall Award.


    CELEBRATING NIGP AWARD WINNERS

    Radio NIGP
    August 2023
    Highlighting Award Winners & Finalists

    Interesting interviews and insights from these proud NIGP Award winners for 2023.

    Congratulations for your tremendous contributions to the profession.

    VIEW RADIO NIGP

    Radio NIGP will be live streaming from NIGP Forum in Louisville on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 


    NEW NIGP MASTERMIND PROGRAM

    For Mid to Senior Procurement Leaders

    NIGP’s newest offering, The Mastermind Program, allows for targeted study of various leadership concepts in peer-to-peer learning environments. Grounded in leadership expert John Maxwell’s teachings, these offerings can earn participants a Maxwell Leadership Certificate.

    NIGP Members Save 50% on our pilot September courses.

    Becoming a Person of Influence - SEPT. 5
    Everyone Communicates, Few Connect - SEPT. 5
    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 - SEPT. 6
    Developing the Leaders Around You - SEPT. 6

    Each course consists of 3 two-hour sessions. Upon successful completion, participants earn a total of 6 Contact Hours.

    Special pricing made possible thanks to our government partner Sourcewell. 

    LEARN MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapter Milestone Anniversaries

    Celebrating 35 Years as a Chapter of NIGP
    El Paso del Norte Chapter of NIGP
    Governmental Procurement Association of Georgia
    Tennessee Association of Public Purchasing

    Celebrating 30 Years as a Chapter of NIGP
    Southeast Texas Association of Public Purchasing

    Celebrating 25 Years as a Chapter of NIGP
    New Mexico Public Procurement  Association
    NIGP-New York Chapter of NIGP

    Celebrating 20 Years as a Chapter of NIGP
    Central Gulf Coast Chapter of NIGP
    North Carolina Association of Govenmental Purchasing
    Washington State Chapter of NIGP

    Celebrating 15 Years as a Chapter of NIGP
    Iowa Public Procurement Association

    LEARN MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NEW Global Best Practice  Strategic Use of Cooperative Procurement  (Produced in partnership by NIGP and NCPP)

    Procurement entities can strategically use cooperative procurement practices to lower prices and administrative costs while increasing competition, which can lead to more favorable terms and conditions.

    Learn how cooperative procurement methods like joint solicitation and piggybacking are effective strategies to procure the goods and services your entity needs while supporting economic, social, and sustainability initiatives.

    LEARN MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Piggyback - a form of intergovernmental cooperative purchasing in which an entity will be given the pricing and terms of a contract entered into by a larger entity. Generally, the larger entity will competitively award a contract that will include language allowing for other entities to use the contract to their advantage in terms of pricing, thereby gaining economies of scale that they normally would not receive if they competed on their own.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

     

  • AUGUST 9, 2023

    NIGP Forum Virtual 2023

    NIGP Forum Virtual 2023
    It's Not Too Late To Join Us

    August 21-23 | Members $349 | Non-Members $399

    The final countdown to NIGP Forum 2023 has begun!

    You can still join us virtually for what promises to be the most attended experience ever.

    Whether it’s to learn from your fellow peers, to gain valuable contact hours for certification or recertification purposes, or to be inspired by our plenary speakers, NIGP Forum is the premier public procurement event in North America, and it’s where more happens…

    Here's a snapshot of what you can expect from your Forum virtual experience: 

    4 Live Keynote Plenary Sessions - inspiring presentations that really hit home
    28 Live Learning Sessions  -  topics range from Emotional Intelligence to The State of the Procurement Workforce and everything in between 
    5 Current Conversations Networking Sessions - peers share their challenges and success stories
    17.5 Contact Hours - three days of non-stop learning with a sprinkling of fun from the comfort of your home office

    Register Today


    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD WINNERS

    Lorie Newton, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Retired
    Chesterfield County Procurement Department, VA

    For more than 34 years, Lorie Newton, chose a career in a profession that she loves and lucky for us – it’s public procurement. Despite her retirement in 2021, Lorie continues to teach, mentor, volunteer and spread her joyful outlook on procurement and life.

    Just before retiring, Lorie recognized the value of NIGP-CPP certification and traveled over an hour to take her exam and successfully become an early recipient of the NIGP-CPP. She felt it was important to have this designation in order to encourage others to consider it in their professional development plan. Even in retirement, she continues to mentor procurement professionals every day and use every opportunity to share how rewarding her procurement experience has been. It’s not unusual for past team members to call her for guidance and/or creative approaches to resolve challenges. With Lorie, there’s never “I can’t” and always an “I will’”.

    To date, she actively participates in local, state and national conferences, many times, financially supporting these events on her own. She regularly receives requests for her procurement assistance from fellow colleagues. She’s also been a great resource to the supplier community and has assisted in reviewing contractual documents, solicitation development and procurement policies and procedures. A supplier recently shared how the growth and success of their newly formed company was in part a result of Lorie’s help and belief in their vision.  

    Lorie served as President of VAGP in 2019 and was on the board for more than twelve years. She’s also a longtime member of Capital Area Purchasing Association and a founding member of the Chesapeake Bay Procurement Association. She currently serves as a NIGP Chapter Ambassador and provides procurement consultant services to two school districts and a regional airport commission.

    Lorie Newton we honor your dedication to serving others and your passion for public procurement. You’ve made a difference in all our lives and brightened our world. We thank you and congratulate you on earning NIGP’s 2023 Distinguished Service Award.

    Greg Spearman, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Procurement Director
    City of Tampa, FL

    The footprint he has made during his 37 years as a profound public servant are unforgettable and unparalleled.

    He has a Master of Science in Microbiology and is currently the Director of Purchasing for the City of Tampa where he manages a staff of 29 and is responsible for the day-to-day operation for the acquisition of $420M of various goods and services, disposal of surplus property and Inventory Management for the City. 

    Greg is an exemplary leader who walks the talk. He’s a strong advocate for inclusiveness and has sought opportunities to bring individuals from diverse backgrounds together. His leadership has been integral in fostering an environment that encourages creative thought and promotes conscious acceptance of different perspectives. Under his leadership, the City of Tampa has received NPI’s Achievement of Purchasing Excellence” for 15 consecutive years.

    Greg is the ultimate public servant – having been a charter member of the Coastal GA Chapter of NIGP and active member of the Tampa Bay Chapter of NIGP and served as Chair of the Planning and Development Committee on the Community Action Board of Hillsborough County for 13 years, a Community Action Agency whose mission is to help low-income citizens to become self-sufficient.

    He’s also a member of the City’s Emergency Management Steering Committee which plays a critical role during pre-storm and post-storm recovery activities. An active member of the Carmel Friendship Church and serves as a Trustee on the City of Tampa’s Police and Fire Pension Board. Greg has also served in various leadership roles at NIGP including the NIGP Talent Council, the Mentorship Committee and contributor to the Global Best Procurement Practices.

    Greg Spearman is a well-respected leader in the government procurement profession and an excellent example of the commitment and dedication that is required to advance the profession. We’re proud to honor him with NIGP’s 2023 Distinguished Service Award.


    NIGP-CPP

    1,550+ Approved NIGP-CPP Candidates & Counting...

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders in the public sector and is refreshed by ongoing research which keeps the certification relevant to what the market needs. 

    FREE NIGP-CPP Webinar
    Learn how this future-focused certification can move your career forward. 

    Webinar: NIGP Certified Procurement Professional - Connecting Certification to Your Learning and Career Aspirations

    AUGUST 29 | 2PM - 3:30PM (ET)

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    The Importance of Dual Membership: NIGP and Your Chapter

    What your colleagues are saying

    VIEW VIDEO


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    White Paper Developed by NIGP Business Council - "That was Then, This is Now, Why Suppliers are Still Choosing to 'No Bid'.

    Nearly a decade after the NIGP Business Council created its first white paper, “We ‘No Bid,’ and I’ll Tell You Why", suppliers are still choosing to "No Bid".  

    Find out why with this FREE White Paper. 

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE DAY

    Opportunity Cost  - the loss that results from choosing an option, taking into account the value of the next-highest-valued alternative.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    READ MORE

  • AUGUST 2, 2023

    AEPPCAPPO
    Earns Authorized Education Provider Designation

    For NIGP-CPP Certificants Earning Continuing Education Hours

    The NIGP Certification Commission is pleased to announce that the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO) has earned the Commission's Authorized Education Provider designation for a three-year period effective July 24, 2023.

    The designation's brand is licensed by the Commission to indicate that CAPPO's educational programs of courses, workshops, webinars, and conferences meet the standards defined by the Commission for granting Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) required for
    NIGP-CPP recertification.

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    ANNE DEATHERAGE MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD

    Christine Coghill, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Procurement Director
    City of Groveland, FL

    Chris began her career in public procurement in 2003 with the Polk County Board of County Commissioners and knew within a month that this was the right choice. Over the past 20 years, it’s impossible to count the number of hours Chris has devoted to sharing her passion for procurement as well as the number of lives she has influenced and changed for the better.

    Chris’s volunteer service is down-right amazing. From her contributions to NIGP – the Mentorship Program, Concierge Program, Leadership Development Committee, Board Policy Committee, not to mention the many years she served on the Forum Quality Control Team.  To her local chapter contributions which include FAPPO, the Mid-Florida Chapter of NIGP, Tampa Bay Chapter of NIGP and Central Florida Chapter of NIGP. Her energy, passion and commitment to caring and serving are on another level.

    Her accolades include Mid Florida Chapter of NIGP Buyer of the Year, FAPPO Volunteer of the Year, Central Florida Chapter Member of the Year. Chris Coghill’s dedication to the profession combined with her history for serving others make her the ideal recipient of the 2023 Anne Deatherage Meritorious Service Award.


    CELEBRATING MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES

    Thank You For Being A Valued Member
    We Are Grateful For Your Membership

    Celebrating 30 Years as a Member:

    Alaska Depart.Transportation & Public Facilities
    Boone County Fiscal Court, KY
    Broward County Sheriff's Office, FL
    Chippewa Valley Schools, MI
    City of Clarksville, TN
    City of Edmonton, AB
    City of Frankfort, KY
    City of Gainesville - Water Resources, GA
    City of Greenville, SC
    City of Gulf Shores, AL
    City of Harrisonburg, VA
    City of Hopewell, VA
    City of Manassas, VA
    City of Medicine Hat, AB
    City of Ocoee, FL
    City of Plano, TX

    READ MORE


    NIGP-CPP

    Reminder to CPPO and CPPB Certificants

    Individuals with CPPO and CPPB certifications can
    still bridge to the NIGP-CPP through Pathway F

    which reduces the requirements for apply and sitting
    for the NIGP-CPP Module Exam.

    However, the bridge will end with the May 2024
    testing window – only 3 testing windows remain.

    Applications are no longer being accepted for August 2023.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    NIGP  Forum Chapter Challenge

    A Virtual Food Drive for DARE TO CARE
    The Kentucky Public Procurement Association selected DARE TO CARE as our charity for
    NIGP Forum 2023.

    Visit the NIGP FORUM CHAPTER CHALLENGE page to donate.

    The top 3 Chapters receive bragging rights along with prizes benefiting their chapters. The Southeast Florida Chapter of NIGP is currently in the lead!

    Now accepting donations online through August 22. 


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Document Library - Get easy access to thousands of solicitations, RFPs, RFIs and much more, and save time and money for your entity.

    Members  consistently rate the Document Library as one of our most valuable resources.

    See how it can help you.

    VIEW THE LIBRARY


    WORD OF THE DAY

    Exculpatory Clause - a contract provision that waives or limits one party's liability if damages are incurred during a specific event or cause.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    VIEW THE DICTIONARY

     

  • JULY 26, 2023

    NIGP FORUM 2023 
    Where More Happens

    NIGP Forum 2023 is less than a month away!

    If you can’t attend in-person, join us virtually to learn, connect, and be inspired by the greatest minds in public procurement. Plus, you'll earn valuable contact hours which can be used toward NIGP-CPP recertification.

    VIRTUAL - AUGUST 21-23
    Members $349 | Non-Members $399

    REGISTER TODAY

    NIGP FORUM CHARITY
    A Virtual Food Drive for DARE TO CARE

    The Kentucky Public Procurement Association selected DARE TO CARE as our charity for NIGP Forum 2023.

    Two Ways To Donate
    1. NIGP FORUM CHAPTER CHALLENGE  – the top 3 Chapters receive bragging rights along with prizes benefiting their chapters. If you're not a Chapter Member, there's a ''No Chapter"" option.  Now accepting donations online through August 22. 

    2. BOURBON TASTING VIP SECTION - at the Forum Social Event in Louisville, on August 20. Enjoy local bourbon at this ticketed event, $8 of the ticket price will be donated to Dare to Care.


    DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AWARD

    Art Moore, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Chief Procurement Officer
    The Capital Development Board, State of Illinois

    For the better part of his career, Art Moore has been an advocate for diversity. He emphasizes, “Diversity should be in every conversation about value procurements. More importantly, the procurement should reflect the communities they are for.”  

    In 2008, Art became a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification Analyst for Illinois Department of Transportation. He worked with women and minority subcontractors looking to obtain certification in order to bid on road construction projects. As Art grew in the profession, his passion for diversity grew as well.  As the Chief Procurement Officer for the State of Illinois’s Capital Development Board, his team establishes evaluation criteria, which require offerors to demonstrate actual diversity efforts within their submittal.

    As Chairperson of the NIGP Talent Council, Art secured a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion expert as a Thought Leader for the Talent Council. As a result of Art’s efforts, NIGP has increased diversity throughout their volunteer pool.

    Thank you for your exemplary contributions to the profession and congratulations on receiving the 2023 Ella H. Pierce Diversity & Inclusion Award.


    CELEBRATIONS

    Recognizing Milestone Anniversaries
    Thank you for being a valued Member

    Celebrating 40 years as a Member:
    City of Annapolis, MD
    City of Chandler, AZ
    City of Lakewood, OH
    City of Savannah, GA
    City of Wichita, KS
    Clark County, WA
    College of Charleston, SC
    Jefferson Parish, LA
    Leon County School Board, FL
    Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, FL
    Township of Wayne, NJ
    West Valley City Corporation, UT

    Celebrating 35 years as a Member:
    Alachua County School Board, ON
    Albuquerque Public Schools, ON
    Blount County, NS
    Cape May County Municipal Utility Authority, FL
    Carroll County Public Schools, NM
    Charleston County School District, FL
    City of Brampton, CO
    City of Emporia, VA
    City of Hagerstown, TX
    City of Miramar, NJ
    City of Ocean City, MD

    READ MORE


    NIGP-CPP

    The November 2023 testing window is open through September 30th.

    The NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP) is the only certification managed and administered by NIGP.

    Did you know?

    More and more employers are seeing NIGP-CPP as a marker of accomplishment. NIGP-CPP certification is included in the U.S. Department of Labor Credentials Center.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapters play a central role at NIGP

    When you become a member in a local NIGP chapter, you gain access to a local network of procurement professionals who can help you advance in your career, develop critical leadership skills, and create change that positively impacts your community.

    Schedule Your Chapter Visits 

    Don't forget to invite your Chapter Ambassadors or the NIGP Business Council to your chapter event. To schedule a visit please fill out the VISIT REQUEST FORM. NIGP has provided a CONTENT DESCRIPTION for all Business Council requests. 

    LEARN MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Job Board - Career Opportunities For You

    Whether you're looking for a job or recruiting for your entity, you can benefit from the NIGP Job Board. It's your best resource for career opportunities exclusively for public  procurement professionals.

    All NIGP members can search for or post open roles on the NIGP electronic job board. Postings are free to member agencies and are valid for 45 days.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) - a metric that compares the equivalent purchasing power of various countries' currencies with one another.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    READ MORE

  • JULY 19, 2023

    LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2024
    February 22 - 24, 2024 | Houston, TX

    Get ready for another meeting of the minds in warm and sunny Houston, Texas. 

    Dedicated to connecting leaders at every level, Leadership Summit is a comprehensive learning experience that brings together three NIGP flagship leadership programs: Edge (for emerging leaders), Impact (for mid-to-senior-level leaders), and Academy (for newly elected chapter leaders).

    EDGE | Program Applications Now Open
    Edge (formally known as Leaders Edge) is a transformative learning experience designed to prepare the next generation of public procurement leaders. This hybrid program is limited to a select group of participants annually.

    New this year, all Edge participants will get scholarships to cover the $997 program registration fee.

    APPLY NOW FOR PROGRAM

    IMPACT | Scholarship Applications Now Open
    The Impact program is designed for mid-to-senior-level procurement leaders who want to explore the most in-demand topics that enhance the necessary skills needed to thrive in their role. A select number of scholarships are available.

    APPLY NOW FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

    ACADEMY | Program Registration Opens Fall 2023
    This customized program is designed for Chapter Leaders to strengthen chapter operations, increase member engagement, and elevate member services.


    Young Professional Award

    Alyssa Ellington, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Procurement Supervisor
    Ada County, Idaho

    Alyssa is a positive, hard-working young professional who’s open-minded to new experiences and new ways of thinking. She's a valuable team player who is always ready, willing and able to support the team no matter what lies ahead. She offers help to colleagues whenever she sees an opportunity and is always full of energy and enthusiasm. She’s curious and continuously looks for new ways to collaborate with and learn from colleagues. She’s passionate about procurement and focused on making a difference to the future of the profession. She recently earned her NIGP-CPP.

    Alyssa is an interesting and a fun individual who brings a fresh perspective to the profession. She’s not afraid to challenge the status quo and provide innovative solutions. Her spontaneity is contagious, and the future is looking bright for this young professional.

    Alyssa began as a NIGP Chapter Ambassador in 2019 and is a past president of the Idaho Public Purchasing Association. She currently serves as the IPPA Membership Chair. 

    Leadership Award

    David Nash, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Retired
    City of Fort Lauderdale, FL

    For over 45 years, David has made a positive difference to this profession. He's introduced new ideas and concepts such as the Question of the Day which has impacted the careers of countless procurement professionals preparing for certification. He’s a certified NIGP instructor who’s taught over 100 classes to date, created and written presentations on a variety of topics that were delivered  to various procurement associations and agencies across the United States and is a frequent Forum speaker.

    David served 20 years in the United States Army in the field of logistics. He retired in 1988 as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 and was highly decorated for his service. 

    He's held leadership positions at FAPPO as well as the Southeast Florida Chapter of NIGP and earned a variety of professional awards over the years.

    He currently serves on NIGP’s Mentorship Committee and Radio NIGP.


    NIGP-CPP

    1,550+ Approved NIGP-CPP Candidates & Counting...

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders in the public sector and is refreshed by ongoing research which keeps the certification relevant to what the market needs. 

    FREE NIGP-CPP Webinar
    Learn how this future-focused certification can move your career forward. 

    Webinar: NIGP Certified Procurement Professional - Connecting Certification to Your Learning and Career Aspirations

    JULY 25 | 2PM - 3:30PM (ET)

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapter Milestone Anniversaries

    Celebrating 45 Years as a Chapter of NIGP

    • Capital Area Purchasing Association
    • Louisiana Chapter of NIGP
    • Ontario Public Buyers Association
    • Virginia Association of Governmental Procurement

    Celebrating 40 Years as a Chapter of NIGP

    • MO KAN Council of Public Procurement
    • Kansas Association of Public Purchasing Professionals
    • Tallahassee Area Chapter of NIGP


    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Member Directory - a valuable resource to connect and consult with like-minded procurement professionals from across the country and Canada.

    Search the 17,000+ member directory by organization type, geographic location and so
    much more.

    There's no better time to build strong meaningful connections that can have a positive impact in our lives today and into the future.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Decision Tree - a chart or diagram in which each branch of a tree represents an outcome, decision, or reaction that is used to determine a statistical probability or course of action.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE


    RADIO NIGP

    Leadership: Extra Duties as Assigned

    Leadership is not just about a title or position, it's about inspiring others, making tough decisions, and going the extra mile.

    In this month's show, Radio NIGP, explores the qualities that define exceptional leaders and how they navigate the complexities of their roles.

    Show Highlights

    • Hot Topic: Giving and Receiving Feedback
    • Good in Orange: Leading Through Trauma
    • Chapter Updates: Hear from FL and TN Chapter Presidents
    • Tech Talk: Ransomware Attacks - What You Need to Know
    • And so much more

     

    LISTEN TO BROADCAST

  • JULY 12, 2023

    NIGP FORUM 2023 
    Where more happens...

    Have you been putting off registering for NIGP Forum? This week is your last chance to get standard rates for the in-person experience. Get ready to meet and learn from leading procurement professionals. REGISTER TODAY

    In-Person Standard Registration ends July 16.

    IN-PERSON - AUGUST 19-23
    Members $972
    Non-Members $1,172 

    VIRTUAL - AUGUST 21-23
    Members $349 | Non-Members $399

    NIGP Forum Charity
    This year's charity is DARE TO CARE 

    Two Ways To Donate
    1. NIGP FORUM CHAPTER CHALLENGE – a virtual food drive.  The top 3 Chapters receive bragging rights along with prizes benefiting their chapters. If you're not a Chapter Member, there's a ''No Chapter"" option.  Now accepting donations online through August 22. 

    2. BOURBON TASTING VIP SECTION - at the Forum Social Event in Louisville, on August 20. Enjoy local bourbon at this ticketed event, $8 of the ticket price will be donated to Dare to Care.


    VOLUNTEER AWARD

    Penny Owens, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Purchasing Agent
    City of Knoxville, TN

    Penny has served the City of Knoxville for almost 16 years. She’s passionate about public procurement and supporting others. She started as a Chapter Ambassador in 2017 and is currently serving her second term as Chair. She’s an incredible supporter of her three Tennessee Chapters and has held many leadership roles and continues to volunteer locally. Penny is also the voice for Chapters and Chapter Ambassadors on Radio NIGP and is Tennessee Orange through and through.

    She's a volunteer leader you can always count on –  a person you truly respect, admire and love to be around. Penny gives generously because her happiness and success comes from your happiness and success.

    A colleague shares, “I can’t say enough about her…Penny is truly one-of-a-kind and someone I am blessed I can call a colleague and a friend!”

    INTEGRITY AWARD

    Tricia Leezer, CPPO, CPPB
    Agency Procurement Officer
    Illinois Emergency Management Agency
    State of Illinois Procurement  

    Tricia's  integrity – values, beliefs and principles are admired and respected. 

    Back in 2019, Illinois experienced large amounts of flooding which led to a disaster proclamation. Most disaster proclamations in Illinois exempt certain transactions from the requirements of the procurement code.

    Tricia was instrumental in identifying procurements that allowed for some type of competition. She established policies in correlation with the state CPO office (which wasn’t necessary due to the exempt status of the transactions) to ensure that the suppliers who were awarded contracts were licensed to do business in Illinois and followed the strict ethical regulations of the state. Tricia pushed back against agency staff who wanted to target specific suppliers based on their familiarity. She stood firm to protect the integrity of the process.


    NIGP-CPP

    NIGP-CPP is World-Class

    NIGP-CPP candidates have spoken and they say NIGP-CPP is world-class.

    Based on a net promoter score (NPS) of 83.8 for the NIGP-CPP. The Net Promoter score is the gold standard of customer experience metrics worldwide.

    We thank everyone who helped make this certification program a success. Together we're elevating the procurement profession through this coveted certification.

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    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapters play a vital role at NIGP

    Whether it's a Reverse Trade Show, or seasonal conference, Chapters are engaging with procurement professionals and suppliers within their own communities. Upcoming events: 

    EAST TENNESSEE PURCHASING ASSOCIATION
    Business Matching & Tradeshow
    JULY 20 | Knoxville, TN

    MISSOURI ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC PURCHASING
    Professional Development Day
    JULY 25 | Lebanon, MO

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCE

    Nsite - Your Online Community. Connect, communicate and collaborate with peers from across North America at all different stages in their careers.

    What your peers are saying about Nsite:

    VIEW VIDEO


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Stare Decisis - Latin phrase meaning, "To stand by things decided." A judicial doctrine in which courts follow the standards, rules, and principles of previous court cases that share the same set of facts (a precedent).

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

  • JULY 5, 2023

    NIGP FORUM 2023 
    Where more happens...

    Here's a taste of what you can expect at Forum 2023. In this Webinar preview, Chanda Taylor Carpenter and Carrie Winter share what you'll experience when you attend Forum.

    VIEW WEBINAR PREVIEW

    Whether you join us in-person or virtually, you'll find more relevant procurement content, more interaction with industry experts, more connections with like-minded professionals, and more of the amazing activities that make NIGP Forum the premier event for public procurement professionals. 

    We've also created FORUM FAQS based on all the great questions participants asked, to help all of you make informed decisions and choices as you prepare for this event.

    IN-PERSON - AUGUST 19-23
    Members $972
    Non-Members $1,172 

    VIRTUAL - AUGUST 21-23
    Members $349
    Non-Members $399

    REGISTER TODAY


    PROCUREMENT MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD TOP 3 FINALISTS

    Clapping_2554388.jpgErin D'Vincent, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Procurement Manager
    City of Austin, TX

    Erin has worked for the City of Austin Procurement for 12 years where she supervises a staff of 11 that manages over 550 contracts valued at more than $1.6 billion. Erin started with the City as a Buyer One and has  progressed through every procurement position to her current role as Procurement Manager. As a servant leader, Erin has been selected to serve on many Central Procurement process improvement teams, drafted policy and procedures, led major procurement projects,and reviewed communications for executives and the City Council. Erin is consistently sought after because of her keen knowledge of procurement policies and practices. She is passionate about Procurement which shows in her work/desire to push the City of Austin, Central Procurement to be a leader in the Procurement industry.

    Danny Mays, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CPSM, CPSD, CMPO
    Director of Procurement, Contract & Grant Administration
    Maryland Judiciary

    Danny demonstrates outstanding professionalism as a manager in public procurement, and has contributed significantly to the Maryland Judiciary, Maryland Department of General Services (DGS), the Maryland Public Purchasing Association, NIGP, and the public procurement profession. As the Director of Procurement for the Maryland Judiciary, he's updated policies and streamlined processes and procedures. As a result of his efforts, the procurement office operates more efficiently and his direct reports have received recognition and increased compensation for the job duties, and tasks they perform. Further, the Maryland Judiciary has gone from several audit findings to no audit findings. 

    Valerie Scott, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Purchasing and Contracts Manager
    City of Longmont, CO

    During COVID-19, Valerie led her team at the City of Longmont through difficult times used her expertise to address things like price gouging, supply chain issues and working with customers and vendors who were now connecting remotely. She continued to streamline the purchasing processes and found new and innovative ways to source products and provide services for our staff. In her role as Purchasing and Contracts Manager, she is always coaching and mentoring her team so they can maintain the highest integrity as they help work through a fair and equitable process. She has brought new purchasing options to the City, reached out to small businesses for feedback on doing work with the City and is always honing not only her skills but the skills of her team.

    Winner to be announced at NIGP Forum Awards Luncheon on Monday, August 21. 


    NIGP-CPP

    What Sets the NIGP-CPP Apart?

    Target: Mid to executive level leaders
    Source: Public Procurement Competency Framework
    Standards: Follows professional certification criteria
    Focus: Competency-based modular exams
    Flexibility: Designed with the fast-paced professional in mind
    Equity: All candidates treated the same
    Relevance: Certification is integrated with research and lifelong learning
    Career Planning: NIGP's credentialing system provides variety
    Service Level: NIGP is committed to providing exceptional service

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    CHAPTER NEWS

    Two New Free Chapter Webinars

    NIGP COURSE HOST PLANNING FY24 - We have some new exciting programs and resources to share that include the Institute's Yearlong Course Calendar, New Chapter Revenue Incentive Program, New Course Scheduling procedures and more.

    DATA & DECISIONS - (2023 Chapter Academy Follow-Up) - The power of a chapter dashboard, the power of data and the power of connections. 

    NIGP offers a series of free annual Webinars to assist our chapter affiliates with leadership development, and to provide officers and program chairs with information regarding national resources. 

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Mentorship Program -  is a formal 1:1 mentoring experience that allows for continuous registration. 

    This program pairs public procurement professionals with more experienced NIGP members who can provide guidance on professional development opportunities and offer other career-related advice.

    Email mentorship@nigp.org, if you're interested in participating. 

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Volume Leveraging - Use of economies of scale in negotiation between a buyer and seller to reduce the price to the entity.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

     

  • JUNE 28, 2023

    NIGP FORUM 2023 
    Where more happens...

    NIGP Forum is where the procurement community reunites and prepares for what's next in the profession. Learn the latest insights from industry experts and expand your professional network outside of your organization. Join like-minded colleagues who face similar daily challenges and discover how they resolved them. Bring back successful solutions you can use at your entity. 

    Have you heard about the 3 new learning paths? They’re based on member feedback and include cooperative procurement, construction procurement and technology procurement.

    IN-PERSON - AUGUST 19-23
    Members $972
    Non-Members $1,172 

    VIRTUAL - AUGUST 21-23
    Members $349 | Non-Members $399

    REGISTER TODAY


    Clapping_2554388.jpgPROCUREMENT SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD TOP 3 FINALISTS

    Silvia Bonilla, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Buyer
    County of Orange Health Care Agency, CA

    Silvia's expertise in procurement has been invaluable to the organization and her contributions have helped achieve significant cost savings and improved efficiencies. Her attention to detail, strategic thinking, and ability to negotiate effectively have resulted in the best possible contracts, even in the most challenging circumstances. Silvia not only excels in her role as a Procurement Professional, but she is also held in high regard by her peers, managers, County leadership, providers, vendors and the Deputy Purchasing Agent (DPA) community. Silvia has always demonstrated her desire for continued professional development in the field of Procurement and has completed both her CPPB Certification and NIGP-CPP Certification within a five month timeframe.

    Tracy Garcia, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Principal Contract Officer
    City of Tucson, AZ

    Tracy serves others before serving herself. Her service to her colleagues, her stakeholders, and her external vendors is above par and they are thankful for her consistent and transparent communication. She seeks every opportunity to learn, grow, and expand her knowledge and understanding of public procurement. While employed full time at the City, Tracy obtained her
    NIGP-CPP and CPPB certifications, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, completed a Certified Public Manager program, and will graduate this August with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. Tracy serves as the current Treasurer on the Copper Chapter board. 

    Alicia Demmer, CPPB
    Procurement Specialist II
    Virginia Beach City Public Schools

    Alicia epitomizes the six guiding principles of
    public procurement. She is service-minded with a
    heart for customer service and training. Alicia is a
    critical-thinker and problem-solver who believes in innovative solutions; she has implemented several internal processes and trainings to increase
    awareness and knowledge around public procurement. Alicia has been essential to the e-procurement system
    implementation at Virginia Beach City Public Schools, acting as a subject matter expert for end users, suppliers, and her teammates. Alicia not only supports her organization but has also served in voluntary roles for the Virginia Association of Governmental Procurement.


    NIGP-CPP

    Reminder to CPPO and CPPB Certificants

    Individuals with CPPO and CPPB certifications can still bridge to the NIGP-CPP through Pathway F which reduces the requirements for applying and sitting for the NIGP-CPP Module B exam.

    However, the bridge will end with the May 2024 testing window - only 4 testing windows remain - so don't delay!

    The August testing window is open through Friday, June 30th.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapters play a vital role at NIGP

    Whether it's a Reverse Trade Show, or seasonal conference, Chapters are engaging with procurement professionals and suppliers within their own communities. Upcoming events: 

    EAST TENNESSEE PURCHASING ASSOCIATION
    Business Matching & Tradeshow
    JULY 20 | Knoxville, TN

    MISSOURI ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC PURCHASING
    Professional Development Day
    JULY 25 | Lebanon, MO

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    Nsite - your online community. Connect, communicate and collaborate with peers from across the country at all different stages in their careers.

    Choose from over 50 special interest communities created by you and for you. Share ideas, challenges and opportunities 24/7.

    LEARN MORE


    WORD OF THE DAY

    Mixed Economy - An economic system that combines both private and public enterprise in which the allocation of goods and services is based on market indicators and government directives.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of TermsOrder a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

  • JUNE 21, 2023

    NIGP FORUM 2023 
    In-Person | Virtual 

    Get ready for More at Forum 2023, more happens. We're talking more connections, more learning, more leadership, and more fun.

    See why NIGP Forum is THE place where public procurement professionals at all levels and career stages come together to learn from and support one another. You're exposed to subject matter experts who offer new perspectives on overcoming daily challenges and leave with fresh ideas to incorporate within your entity.  

    New this year, 3 innovative learning paths - Cooperative Procurement, Construction Procurement, and Technology Procurement. 

    IN-PERSON - AUGUST 19-23
    Members $972
    Non-Members $1,172 

    VIRTUAL - AUGUST 21-23
    Members $349 | Non-Members $399

    REGISTER TODAY


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Bob Pacenta, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Purchasing and Stores Manager
    Emerald Coast Utilities Authority

    Pensacola, FL

    Bob credits his time as a Navy Supply Corps Officer with preparing him for a career in public procurement. His first position was with a local school district where his main commodities were IT hardware and software. He then moved on to the local university where he served for 8 years as the Assistant Director of Procurement and Contracts. He's been with Emerald Coast Utilities Authority for almost 3 years now and in addition to his normal purchasing responsilibites, he supervises  a warehouse which brings him back to his Navy days.

    For almost 20 years, Bob has been active in his local Chapter and thoroughly loves being involved and volunteering. His passion for the profession stems from networking with all the great professionals he's met along the way and feels his career wouldn't have been as successful without them. He encourages everyone to get involved in your local chapter and NIGP.


    CELEBRATIONS

    RADIO NIGP

    June 2023 - Procurement Issues Grab Bag

     


    NIGP-CPP

    Why NIGP-CPP?

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification that is anchored in the Public Procurement Competency Framework. The Framework is rooted in research produced by the Volcker Alliance that seeks effective public service through workforce competencies. 

    NIGP-CPP is the only competency-based certification built on a modular exam that expands beyond public procurement’s technical aspects and assesses the more holistic competencies needed to be a successful leader within a public entity, embracing elements of leadership, business principles, and procurement strategy.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    NIGP Chapter Website Solution Growing

    The NIGP Chapter Website Solution offers an effective way to manage and communicate with your chapter members. 

    We're pleased to announce that we've successfully launched a total of 18 Chapter Websites with 9 more in development.

    New launches include:

    • Michigan Public Purchasing Officers Assoc.
    • Georgia Chapter of NIGP
    • Coastal Georgia Chapter of NIGP


    If you're interested in the NIGP solution, please contact Ronni Levine (rlevine@nigp.org)


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Webinars provide valuable learning on hot topics in procurement, helping you stay informed.  And, they're better than ever with 60% more content which means more contact hours to meet your professional learning goals.

    Plus, they're geared to learners at all levels and complement other NIGP learning resources.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Quasi-Legislative - Possessing a partially legislative character by having the right to make regulations and rules that carry the force of law.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

  • JUNE 14, 2023

    NIGP FORUM 2023 
    Where More Happens

    Connect more, engage more and learn more every single day at the NIGP Forum 2023 where transformative leaders who are shaping the future of procurement share their experiences, stories and insights. 

    Our world-class lineup will help you build better networks, lead diversity initiatives, and discover ways to excite your team to be the best they can be.

    This year, in-person and virtual attendees can follow 3 new innovative learning paths – Cooperative Procurement, Construction Procurement, and Technology Procurement.

    If you haven't registered yet, what are you waiting for?

    IN-PERSON - AUGUST 19-23
    Members $972
    Non-Members $1,172 

    VIRTUAL - AUGUST 21-23
    Members $349
    Non-Members $399

    REGISTER TODAY


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Taylor V. Adams, CPPO
    President and CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada
    Reno, NV

    The NIGP family congratulates our 2021-2022 Governing Board Chair, Taylor Adams, on his recent appointment as President and CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada. 

    Taylor's connections with NIGP began in Starksville, MS under Don Buffum's leadership in Mississippi State University's procurement organization. He was appointed Chief Administrative Officer/Director of Finance for the City of Starksville before joining the City of Virginia Beach in 2015. After holding professionally responsible positions in Finance and Economic Developed, he served the community as the Deputy City Manager and Director of Economic Development, Convention and Visitor Bureau, Resort Management,  and Cultural Affairs.

    We're proud of Taylor's many achievements and wish him even greater success at the Authority. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    Striving for Excellence in Procurement
    The Accreditation for Quality Public Procurement Departments (QPPD)

    QPPD Accreditation communicates the value of your procurement department to internal and external stakeholders. 

    We'd like to recognize these public entities on earning this distinguished accreditation:

    Town of Davie, FL
    Polk County Sheriff's Office, FL 

    Procurement Departments are QPPD-accredited for three years. Once a Procurement Department has earned QPPD Accreditation, it is eligible and encouraged to apply for Pareto Accreditation. 

    LIST OF QPPD RECIPIENTS


    NIGP-CPP

    YES...We've Achieved Another Milestone 

    The May testing results are in and we're pleased to announce there are now 1,110 NIGP-CPP certificants. 

    The threshold of 1,000 certificants was achieved in less than 3 years despite an extended pandemic that impacted the workplace. NIGP-CPP is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders.

    Thank you to everyone who helped make this certification program a success.

    LIST OF NIGP-CPPs


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    TAMPA BAY AREA CHAPTER
    Reverse Trade Show
    JUNE 15 | Tampa, FL 

    ONTARIO PUBLIC BUYERS ASSOCIATION
    65th Annual Meeting
    JUNE 22 | Virtual 

    EAST TENNESSEE PURCHASING ASSOCIATION
    Business Matching & Trade Show
    JULY 20 | Knoxville, TN

    MISSOURI ASSOC. OF PUBLIC PURCHASING
    Professional Development Day
    JULY 25 | Lebanon, MO

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Research Report - 2022 Public Procurement Compensation & Retention Benchmark Study

    The study provides comparative compensation information to help industry leaders classify public procurement positions and determine appropriate salary ranges.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Cycle Counting - Inventory control methods whereby a small subset of inventory is counted at specified intervals.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

  • JUNE 7, 2023

    NIGP FORUM 2023

    Join Us In-Person or Virtually

    Get ready for the procurement event of the year. No matter how you attend, we've got more innovative activities designed to engage and inspire you as you expand your network and learn the latest insights about public procurement.

    Have you heard about the 3 new learning paths? They're based on member feedback and include cooperative procurement, construction procurement and technology procurement.  

    IN-PERSON - AUGUST 19-23
    Members $972
    Non-Members $1,172 

    VIRTUAL - AUGUST 21-23
    Members $349 | Non-Members $399

    REGISTER TODAY


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Paige McDonald, CPSM, CPPO, CPPB
    Assistant Purchasing Manager 
    City of New Braunfels, TX

    With nearly 20 years of experience in public and private sector supply chain, Paige McDonald has become an expert in strategy-solutioning for all levels of government as well as Fortune 100 companies. Holding three professional certifications and two degrees, Paige has a passion for learning and teaching supply chain best practices. With a background in federal, state, and municipal government, Paige is a seasoned public procurement professional who looks forward to serving the NIGP community in any way she can.

    NIGP has been an integral part of her learning journey. NIGP has also been the driving force behind some of the most meaningful professional connections she has made through her career. She credits her NIGP network and NIGP trainings for positioning her career for upward mobility and leading her to now serve as a mentor and trainer for early-career public procurement professionals.

    In her own words, “I nerd out on public procurement!” Additionally, she values the opportunities her NIGP membership has provided which included stretching her public speaking abilities. Paige truly enjoys imparting her knowledge of supply chain best practices on others and learning from them as well. She says, “The more knowledge we share with one another, the better our profession will be!”


    CELEBRATIONS

    Recognizing Milestone Anniversaries
    Thank you for being a valued Member 

    Celebrating 50 years of membership:
    City of Atlantic City, NJ
    City of Columbus - Purchasing Office, OH
    City of St. Louis, MO
    Collier County Board of Commissioners, FL
    DeKalb County, GA
    Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, PA
    Somerset County, NJ
    State of Missouri Division of Purchasing, MO

    Celebrating 45 years of membership:
    Arapahoe County, CO
    Chesterfield County, VA
    City of Alexandria, VA
    City of Bellevue, WA
    City of Dallas, TX
    City of Danbury, CT
    City of Kalamazoo, MI
    City of Melbourne, FL

    READ MORE


    NIGP-CPP

    Reminder to CPPO and CPPB Certificants

    Individuals with CPPO and CPPB certifications can still bridge to the NIGP-CPP through Pathway F which reduces the requirements for applying and sitting for the NIGP-CPP Module B exam.

    However, the bridge will end with the May 2024 testing window - only 4 testing windows remain - so don't delay!

    The August testing window is open through June 30th.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    MAGPPA
    Reverse Trade Show
    JUNE 14 | Pearl, MS

    TAMPA BAY AREA CHAPTER
    Reverse Trade Show
    JUNE 15 | Tampa, FL 

    ONTARIO PUBLIC BUYERS ASSOCIATION
    65th Annual Meeting
    JUNE 22 | Virtual 

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP's Global Best Practices provide guidance on procurement processes, procedures and important topics to ensure you're equipped with the information you need to succeed. Recent Global Best Practices include: 

    • Establishing an Effective Supplier Diversity Program 
    • Procurement’s Role in the Use of Non-Emergency Federal Funds 
    • Achieving an Optimal pCard  Program
       

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Law of Demand - An economic principle stating that if all other factors are constant, price and demand for a good or service are inversely related. As price increases, demand falls, and as price decreases, demand increases.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

  • MAY 31, 2023

    NIGP FORUM 2023 
    Early Registration Ends TODAY

    We're looking forward to bringing you another unforgettable conference with more opportunities to connect, to learn, and to celebrate each other and our profession. 

    HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: 

    • 3 New Learning Paths - Construction, Cooperative Procurement and Technology
    • Inspiring Keynote Speakers
    • 38 live-streamed sessions | 60+ in-person sessions
    • Variety of registration packages
    • Mobile App available 2 weeks prior to Forum -  view session descriptions, speakers, attend live streamed sessions and track session attendance 
    • 200+ Exhibitors - listing available 
       

    Why attend Forum?
    Listen to your colleagues.

    VIEW VIDEO

    IN-PERSON - AUGUST 19-23
    Members $897 ends May 31; $972 June 1
    Non-Members $1,122 ends May 31; $1,172 June 1

    VIRTUAL - AUGUST 21-23
    Members $299 | Non-Members $399

    REGISTER NOW AND SAVE


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Christin Webb, NIGP-CPP, MBA
    Administrator of Purchasing 
    Shelby County Government, TN

    Christin Webb is a leadership enthusiast and procurement and community leader who thrives on helping others reach their most significant potential. Christin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Memphis and an MBA from Webster University. She is a Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP). She is also an alumnus of the Dale Carnegie leadership program and Leadership Memphis.

    With over 15 years of combined management and procurement experience in both public and private industry, Christin currently serves as the Administrator of Purchasing for Shelby County Government, where she is responsible for the procurement of all County goods and services. Passionate about giving back to the procurement field, Christin serves as the Vice President of the Tennessee Association of Public Purchasing (TAPP) and NIGP Talent Council member.

    To propel her passion for leadership, Christin founded The Greater You Leadership Series, a leadership training and development and consulting agency. Her company has trained individuals, teams, and organizations locally, nationally, and globally with clientele from schools, colleges, non-profits, and corporations to assist in developing effective leadership through a variety of courses, workshops, podcasts, speaking engagements, and special events. Christin is also a community advocate.

    She currently serves as a Commissioner with the City of Memphis' Youth Guidance Commission. In her spare time, Christin enjoys tapping into her creative side, where she is a published author and award-winning screenwriter. Christin was recently recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite Professional, Stone Awards Ida B Wells Commemoration, Dale Carnegie's Highest Achievement, and Ordinary People Magazine's award recipient.

    Chistin is a presenter at this year's Forum. Don't miss her session:
    How Individual Confidence Impacts Leadership, Organizational Outcomes, and Professional Development
    Tuesday, August 22 | 9:45-11AM (ET)


    CELEBRATIONS

    Congratulations FAPPO Award Recipients
    Exceptional Awards for Exceptional Leaders

    At the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO) conference last week, these leaders were recognized for their achievements and impact to the profession: 

    Zulay V. Millan, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB,
    Orange County, FL - the George H.Wolf Distinguished Service  Award - FAPPO's highest honor. 

    Carrie Roberts, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., Pasco County, FL - Volunteer of the Year Award 

    Barbara Grilli, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., FCCM, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, FL - Community Leadership & Volunteerism Award

    Katrina House, NIGP-CPP, CPPB, City of Tampa, FL - Rising Star Award

    Carrie Mathes, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, APP, CPPB, C.P.M., CFCM, MPA, Orange County, FL -  Outstanding Educator Award.

    Established in 1968, FAPPO's mission is to empower Florida public procurement professionals through communication, education, and networking opportunities.


    NIGP-CPP

    1,550+ Approved NIGP-CPP Candidates & Counting...

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders in the public sector and is refreshed by ongoing research which keeps the certification relevant to what the market needs. 

    FREE NIGP-CPP Webinar
    Learn how this future-focused certification can move your career forward. 

    Webinar: NIGP Certified Procurement Professional - Connecting Certification to Your Learning and Career Aspirations

    JUNE 28 | 2PM - 3:30PM (ET)

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    GEORGIA CHAPTER
    Summer Seminar
    JUNE 6 |  McDonough, GA

    MAGPPA
    Reverse Trade Show
    JUNE 14 | Pearl, MS

    TAMPA BAY AREA CHAPTER
    Reverse Trade Show
    JUNE 15 | Tampa, FL 

    ONTARIO PUBLIC BUYERS ASSOCIATION
    65th Annual Meeting
    JUNE 22 | Virtual 

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Document Library - Get easy access to thousands of solicitations, RFPs, RFIs and much more, and save time and money for your entity.

    Members  consistently rate the Document Library as one of our most valuable resources. See how it can help you.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Human Capital - The economic value of the knowledge, skill, and experience possessed by the workforce.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    READ MORE


    BECOME PART OF THE
    NIGP Talent Council

    The NIGP Talent Council is recruiting leaders to fill one (1) public procurement practitioner position on the NIGP Talent Council. 

    If you wish to be considered for this volunteer role, please submit the following two documents: 


    Contact Helen Leonard, Governance Manager, if you have any questions by email (hleonard@nigp.org) or call (800) 307-6447 x240.

    Deadline to Submit: June 2, 2023

     

  • MAY 24, 2023

    NIGP FORUM 2023 
    Early Registration Ends May 31

    Earlier this month, Chanda Carpenter and Carrie Winter presented a Forum 2023 Preview Webinar which provided an overview of what you can expect to experience this year...more relevant procurement content, more interaction with industry experts, more connections with like-minded professionals, and more of the amazing activities that make NIGP Forum the premier event for public procurement professionals. 

    Forum 2023 Preview Webinar

    FORUM 2023 PREVIEW WEBINAR

    Based on all the great questions participants asked, we created FORUM FAQS to help all of you make informed decisions and planful choices as you prepare for this event. 

    IN-PERSON - AUGUST 19-23
    Members $897 ends May 31; $972 June 1
    Non-Members $1,122 ends May 31; $1,172 June 1

    VIRTUAL - AUGUST 21-23
    Members $299 | Non-Members $399

    REGISTER TODAY


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Carrie Roberts, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M.
    Purchasing Director
    Pasco County Board of Commisssioners, New Port Richey, FL 

    Carrie is a public procurement professional with over 25 years of experience working at cities, counties, utilities, aviation districts, K-12 and higher education as well as over 17 years of supervisory experience. She holds the NIGP Certified Procurement Professional designation (NIGP-CPP) as well as a Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO), a Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) and the Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt certifications.

    She’s currently a member of the Tampa Bay Chapter of NIGP and FAPPO where she serves as committee chair. Carrie previously served the Central Florida Chapter of NIGP as President, Vice President and Treasure and the Airport Purchasing Group as Professional Development Chair (earning their Above and Beyond award in 2014). In 2015, she was a finalist for the NIGP Buyer of the Year award.

    NIGP has played a huge role in her life, both professionally and personally. As a member of NIGP for over 25 years, attending meetings and getting to know her fellow procurement professionals has given Carrie a community she can always reach out to. Serving on the Board of local chapters and associations makes her fell like she is contributing to the present and future of NIGP and that she’s making a difference.

    Without the mentors, professional relationships and most importantly, the friendships she’s made through NIGP over the years, she doubts she would have the career success she now has. She currently serves on the Member Council and was re-elected in recent elections.

    Carrie always says “little children don’t dress up as Purchasing Agents for Halloween”…meaning that procurement is a “hidden” career, with most people not even knowing it exists. Her passion for procurement is encompassed by her desire to grow the field – reach out to young professionals, give them an opportunity to see what procurement is and what we do and introduce them to this amazing profession. Our days are rarely the same which is something you can’t say about a lot of “office” jobs. One day you’re 14 stories high on the outside of a power plant tower and the next you in the belly of an airport learning about the inner workings of luggage carousels. Her most satisfying moments are when she’s able to hire fresh faced into our profession and help them learn to love procurement as much as she does – and inspiring that passion in a new generation of professionals!


    CELEBRATIONS

    New Council and NIGP Certification Commission Appointments
    Congratulations to these Volunteer Leaders

    NIGP Certification Commission
    Dr. Sawsan Abutabenjah
    Mike Bevis
    Nathan Daou
    Stacy Gregg - Reappointed
    Dan Marran

    NIGP Finance Council 
    Terry McKee
    Ashley Stewart
    Steve Siesser - Reappointed as Thought Leader

    NIGP Center for the Advancement and Research and Excellence - Steering Council
    Janice Lachance

    NIGP Governing Council 
    Bill Shields - Reappointed as Thought Leader


    NIGP-CPP

    Have you heard? Certification pays.

    According to the 2022 Public Procurement Compensation & Retention Benchmark Survey, certification status can increase earning potential.

    For example, certified purchasing managers earn approximately $86,000, while those without certification earn approximately $75,000. 

    59% of individual respondents reported that they hold procurement-specific certifications. Managers and directors are more likely to be certified than others. Approximately 74%-78% of director respondents said they hold certifications.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    GEORGIA CHAPTER
    Summer Seminar
    JUNE 6 |  McDonough, GA

    MAGPPA
    Reverse Trade Show
    JUNE 14 | Pearl, MS

    TAMPA BAY AREA CHAPTER
    Reverse Trade Show
    JUNE 15 | Tampa, FL 

    ONTARIO PUBLIC BUYERS ASSOCIATION
    65th Annual Meeting
    JUNE 22 | Virtual 

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Mentorship Program -  Shaping Your Future 

    This program pairs public procurement professionals with more experienced NIGP members who can provide guidance on professional development opportunities and offer other career-related advice. It's a formal 1:1 mentoring experience that allows for continuous registration. 

    This cohort uses NIGP’s online mentoring software for quick and easy matching and step-by-step instructions on how to successfully navigate the mentee/mentor relationship. If you're interested in participating in this program, email mentorship@nigp.org.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Whole Instrument Rule - Doctrine that states where there is an ambiguity or other confusion within a written contract, courts must rely solely on what is intended by the contract as a whole rather than parsing individual phrases, clauses, or sentences.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    READ MORE


    BECOME PART OF THE
    NIGP Talent Council  

    The NIGP Talent Council is recruiting leaders to fill one (1) public procurement practitioner position on the NIGP Talent Council. 

    If you wish to be considered for this volunteer role, please submit the following two documents: 


    Contact Helen Leonard, Governance Manager, if you have any questions by email (hleonard@nigp.org) or call (800) 307-6447 x240.

    Deadline to Submit: June 2, 2023

  • MAY 17, 2023

    NIGP FORUM 2023 
    Early Registration Ends May 31

    Your professional development is a top priority. What better way to increase your learning, expand your network, and strengthen your relationships than by attending Forum 2023, the largest conference solely dedicated to public procurement.

    We know funding poses a challenge for many of our members. That's why we created a FORUM TOOLKIT to help you make the case for attending this once a year event while taking advantage of early registration savings. The value you'll receive from the innovative educational content and practical advice from subject matter experts is priceless.

    This year, we're introducing three motivating learning paths for both in-person and virtual attendees:

    • The Cooperative Procurement Journey
    • Navigating the Construction Procurement Process
    • The Technology Procurement Jumpstart


    IN-PERSON - AUGUST 19-23
    Members $897 ends May 31; $972 June 1
    Non-Members $1,122 ends May 31; $1,172 June 1

    VIRTUAL - AUGUST 21-23
    Members $299 | Non-Members $399

    Jimmy Yeary

    VIEW VIDEO
    Forum 2023 Closing Speaker
    Jimmy Yeary


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Meet the New Chapter Ambassador for Area 4
    Amber Yates, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CPM
    Procurement Administrator
    Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority, AR 

    Amber Yates is the Procurement Administrator at Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority (LRWRA) and has worked in supply chain and procurement in both the public and private sector for fifteen (15) years. She began her career working in the private sector for companies such as Snyder-Lance, Inc. where she was involved in manufacturing, production, warehousing, shipping, and supply, and PPG Industries where she managed warehouse and stock logistics across international locations on 5 continents. Amber then transitioned to government procurement first at the Arkansas Office of State Procurement and then to her current role.

    Amber currently serves as President of the Arkansas Chapter of NIGP where she has been a member of the Board serving in roles such as Legislative Liaison, Program Chair, Member-at-Large, and chairs of other various committees since 2015.  She also serves NIGP at a national level as a member of the Content Management Committee and as one of the Area 4 Chapter Ambassadors. Amber has presented nationally on several procurement topics, has contributed procurement content, and holds multiple certifications including:

    • NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP)
    • Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO)
    • Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB)
    • Certified Public Manager (CPM)
    • Arkansas Governmental Manager (AGM)


    Amber holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Centenary College of Louisiana and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she was honored with the MBA Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award.


    CELEBRATIONS

    Radio NIGP - May Segment
    Mindful Moments & Improving Your Situation

    Since 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States. 

    Procurement can be fun, however, it's not easy at times. That's why awareness of your well-being is important. 

    This month’s show addresses topics that include Improving your own work situation, moving/sharing responsibilities strategically, change or transformation, training and letting go, and vacation planning. 

    Listen to this month’s commentary for some insight and encouragement.  

    View Radio NIGP


    NIGP-CPP

    The August 2023 testing window is open through June 30th.

    The NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP) is the only certification managed and administered by NIGP.

    Did you know?

    More and more employers are seeing NIGP-CPP as a marker of accomplishment. NIGP-CPP certification is included in the U.S. Department of Labor Credentials Center.

    Read more


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    KENTUCKY PUBLIC PURCHASING ASSOCIATION
    Reverse Trade Show
    MAY 22 | Midway, KY

    OREGON PUBLIC PURCHASING ASSOCIATION
    Spring Conference and Vendor Showcase
    MAY 24-26 | Redmond, OR

    GEORGIA CHAPTER
    Summer Seminar
    JUNE 6 |  McDonough, GA

    Read more


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Job Board - Career Opportunities For You

    Whether you're looking for a job or recruiting for your entity, you can benefit from the NIGP Job Board. It's your best resource for career opportunities exclusively for public  procurement professionals.

    All NIGP members can search for or post open roles on the NIGP electronic job board. Postings are free to member agencies and are valid for 45 days.

    Read more


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Undercapitalization - A financial situation that occurs when a business does not have adequate capital to meet its normal business expenses and pay its creditors.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    Learn more


    IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM NIGP

    NIGP, NASPO, and UPPCC have reached a settlement agreement.

    For the past year, NASPO, UPPCC and NIGP have been working collaboratively to define the elements of an agreement between them regarding governance issues and a relationship between the organizations that best serves the public procurement community.

    On March 30, 2023, a settlement agreement was reached between NASPO, NIGP, and UPPCC on changes to UPPCC’s governance structure that include NIGP leaving/withdrawing its position on UPPCC’s Governing Board. 

    All three organizations look forward to continuing their service to the public procurement community.

    READ MORE

  • MAY 3, 2023

    Shola Richards Forum 2023 Opening SpeakerNIGP FORUM 2023 REGISTER NOW & SAVE

    Early Registration Ends May 31

    Forum 2023 is where more happens - more networking, more learning, and more public procurement professionals coming together to share challenges, success stories, and exchanging more ideas than anywhere else.

    New this year, content is offered in three exciting learning paths to both in-person and virtual attendees:

    • The Cooperative Procurement Journey
    • Navigating the Construction Procurement Process
    • The Technology Procurement Jumpstart


    IN-PERSON - AUGUST 19-23
    Members $897 ends May 31 | $972 - June 1
    Non-Members $1,122 ends May 31 | $1,172 - June 1

    VIRTUAL - AUGUST 21-23
    Members; $299 | Non-Members; $399

    REGISTER TODAY

    VIEW VIDEO

    Forum 2023 Opening Keynote Speaker
    Shola Roberts 


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Tonya Hodges, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Senior Buyer, Purchasing Department
    Jordan School District, UT

    Tonya has almost 21 years of procurement experience, with 18 of those in public procurement. She has worked in two public school districts and thoroughly enjoys the opportunities and experiences they have provided.

    Tonya is passionate about professional development and giving back to the profession. She says, "I cherish the friendships and mentors that I've met through NIGP and our local chapter. We are quite collaborative here in Utah, and I appreciate that I can reach out to my counterparts throughout the state when I'm trying to collect data or have questions about a procurement, and want to see what others have done.  NIGP webinars and courses, Chapter Academy and Forums have provided me with new ideas and skills that help me each day.  The support we receive from NIGP for our chapters is fantastic.  I love this community!"

    For 16 years, Tonya has served in some capacity with the Utah Chapter of NIGP board or committees. In her role as Utah Chapter President in 2021, the Utah Chapter of NIGP won the 2021 Outstanding Chapter of the Year for Membership and was designated with Platinum status from NIGP. Tonya's leadership and hard work were instrumental in achieving this recognition, and her tireless efforts have continued into 2022, where she served as Past-President and Project Manager for the Utah Chapter of NIGP 2022 Reverse Trade Show.

    The Reverse Trade Show is the largest fundraising opportunity for the chapter each year, and Tonya's heart and passion shine through in everything she does to make it a success. Without her hard work and dedication, the Utah Chapter would not be able to give out as many scholarships or achieve such impressive awards.

    Tonya's commitment to NIGP and the Utah community is truly exceptional. Her tireless work and unwavering dedication are an inspiration to all who work with her.


     CELEBRATIONS

    2023 Member Countil Election Winners
    Congratulations to Carl and Carrie

    The two candidates that received the highest votes were:

    Carl Bonitto, CSCMP, Manager of Purchasing and Risk Management Services for Northumberland County, ON

    Carrie Roberts, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., Purchasing Director, Pasco County Board of Commissioners, FL

    Carl and Carrie will serve a three-year term on the Member Council effective July 1, 2023.

    The Talent Council extends its appreciation to Paige McDonald, City of New Braunfels, TX and Bob Pacenta, Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, FL for their willingness to compete for these Member Council seats. 


    NIGP-CPP

    NIGP-CPP is World-Class

    NIGP-CPP candidates have spoken and they say NIGP-CPP is world-class.

    Based on a net promoter score (NPS) of 83.8 for the NIGP-CPP. The Net Promoter score is the gold standard of customer experience metrics worldwide.

    We thank everyone who helped make this certification program a success. Together we're elevating the procurement profession through this coveted certification.

    Read more


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapter Awards - How to Video

    New Video:  How to Successfully Complete the Chapter Performance Standard Seal and Outstanding Award Applications

    This quick video provides useful tips and takeaways.

    VIEW VIDEO


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Member Directory - a valuable resource to connect and consult with like-minded procurement professionals from across the country and Canada.

    Search the 16,000+ member directory by organization type, geographic location and so
    much more.

    There's no better time to build strong meaningful connections that can have a positive impact in our lives today and into the future.

    Read more


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Barriers to Entry - Obstacles (such as high start-up costs, intellectual property, or tariffs) that may prevent new suppliers from entering the marketplace.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    VIEW THE DICTIONARY

  • MAY 10, 2023

    Jess PettittNIGP FORUM 2023 
    Early Registration Ends May 31

    Join seasoned practitioners, thought leaders, plenary speakers, peers, and suppliers for the premier public procurement event of the year.

    Forum 2023 is where more happens every minute of every day - whether you attend in-person or virtually. Discover the latest trends and learn how agencies from around the US and Canada are handling many of the challenges you face. 

    New this year, content is offered in three exciting learning paths to both in-person and virtual attendees:

    • The Cooperative Procurement Journey
    • Navigating the Construction Procurement Process
    • The Technology Procurement Jumpstart


    IN-PERSON - AUGUST 19-23
    Members $897 ends May 31; $972 June 1
    Non-Members $1,122 ends May 31; $1,172 June 1

    VIRTUAL - AUGUST 21-23
    Members $299 | Non-Members $399

    Register Today


    NIGP SPOTLIGHT

    Fred Kuhn
    NIGP Chief Growth Officer
    Herndon, VA

    Under Fred's leadership, the Institute has earned over $1.2 million from our enterprise partners, the NIGP Business Council, digital ads, event sponsorships, and a robust scholarship program in partnership with  Sourcewell.

    Did you know that Fred is also Chairman of the Board for the Hope to Walk organization? Hope To Walk is a non-profit charitable trust that offers prosthetic legs and hope to a world in need. Two weeks ago, he was in Guatemala providing leadership in their mission to fit children and adults with prosthetic legs. He returned home on a Sunday evening and the next morning was leading a conversation on the FY24 Institute budget.

    Thank you Fred for caring enough to make a difference for the greater good.


    CELEBRATIONS

    Striving for Excellence in Procurement
    The Accreditation for Quality Public Procurement Departments (QPPD)

    QPPD Accreditation communicates the value of your procurement department to internal and external stakeholders. 

    We'd like to congratulate these public entities on earning this distinguished accreditation:

    City and County of Honolulu, HI
    Broward County Sheriff's Office, FL 

    Procurement Departments are QPPD-accredited for three years. Once a Procurement Department has earned QPPD Accreditation, it is eligible and encouraged to apply for Pareto Accreditation. 

    View List of QPPD Recipients


    NIGP-CPP

    1,050 NIGP-CPP Certificants and Counting 

    There are now 1,050 NIGP-CPP certificants across 45 states and 5 provinces.

    The threshold of 1,000 certificants was achieved in less than 3 years despite an extended pandemic that impacted the workplace.

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders.

    Thank you to everyone who helped make this certification program a success.

    The August 2023 testing window is open through June 30th.

    Read more


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    DALLAS FORT WORTH
    Texas Lone Star Conference
    MAY 15-17 | Dallas, TX

    CAPITAL AREA PURCHASING ASSOCIATION
    Reverse Trade Show and Career Far
    MAY 18 | Chester, VA

    RMGPA 
    Summer Conference
    MAY 18 | Denver, CO

    KENTUCKY PUBLIC PURCHASING ASSOCIATION
    Reverse Trade Show
    MAY 22 | Midway, KY

    Read more


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    Nsite - Your Online Community. Connect, communicate and collaborate with peers from across the country at all different stages in their careers.

    What your peers are saying about Nsite:

    View Video


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Demand Elasticity - A measure of the change in the quantity of a good purchased or demanded in relation to a change in its price.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

     

     

  • APRIL 26, 2023

    NIGP Forum 2023

    FREE FORUM WEBINAR

    May 8 | 2PM - 3PM (ET)

    Curious about the NIGP Forum? Join us for a preview of what you can expect from the Forum in-person and virtual experience.

    NIGP staff will walk you through this year's program and introduce our lineup of keynote speakers, learning sessions and workshops, networking opportunities, and exhibitor activities.

    NEW Learning Paths
    We're excited to present new learning paths which we specifically developed as a result of member feedback. The learning paths include:

    • The Cooperative Procurement Journey
    • Navigating the Construction Procurement Process,
    • The Technology Procurement Jumpstart

    Forum 2023 is where more happens - more networking, more learning, and more procurement highlights.

    Attend this interactive Webinar to learn more about Forum and get any questions you have answered by our NIGP team.

    REGISTER TODAY


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Meet the New Chapter Ambassador for Area 9
    Whitney Mugford-Smith, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Procurement Manager, City of Wheat Ridge, CO 

    Whitney is thrilled to serve as Area 9 Chapter Ambassador. In addition to her role as the Procurement Manager for the City of Wheat Ridge, she's the Multiple Assemblies of Procurement Officials (MAPO ) Chairperson and was recently selected to serve as an Advisor to the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business for their Customer Experience Program.

    Whitney has been working in public procurement in various capacities since 2012 and chose to make the leap to full-time public procurement in 2015.


    CELEBRATIONS

    Excellence in Procurement
    The Accreditation for Quality Public Procurement Departments (QPPD)

    QPPD Accreditation communicates the value of your procurement department to internal and external stakeholders. 

    We'd like to congratulate Community Transit in Everett WA on earning the QPPD accreditation.

    Procurement Departments are QPPD-accredited for three years. Once a Procurement Department has earned QPPD Accreditation, it is eligible and encouraged to apply for Pareto Accreditation. 

    LIST OF QPPD RECIPIENTS


    NIGP-CPP

    NIGP-CPP Webinars Reach 2,909 Attendees

    Rick Grimm, NIGP CEO and Diane Daly, Director of Certification produce a monthly webinar on the Pathways program and its integration with the NIGP-CPP.

    Over the past year, we've had an average of 87 individuals attending the Webinars. Since the inception of the Webinar program, we've informed 2,909 attendees about the value of NIGP-CPP.

    Don't miss our upcoming NIGP-CPP Webinar: Connecting Certification to Your Learning & Career Aspirations on May 3. 

    Register Today


    CHAPTER EVENTS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    TAMPA BAY AREA CHAPTER OF NIGP
    Buyer/Seller Golf Tournament
    MAY 5 | Tampa, FL

    CENTRAL GULF COAST
    Reverse Trade Show
    MAY 11-12 |  Panama City, FL

    DALLAS FORT WORTH
    Texas Lone Star Conference
    MAY 15-17 | Dallas, TX

    CAPITAL AREA PURCHASING ASSOCIATION
    Reverse Trade Show and Career Far
    MAY 18 | Chester, VA

    VIEW MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    White Paper Developed by NIGP Business Council - "That was Then, This is Now, Why Suppliers are Still Choosing to 'No Bid'.

    Nearly a decade after the NIGP Business Council created its first white paper, “We ‘No Bid,’ and I’ll Tell You Why", suppliers are still choosing to "No Bid".  

    Find out why with this FREE White Paper. 

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Logic Model (Systems approach)  - A  visual representation that features the shared relationships among outputs, outcomes, activities, resources, and impact for a program.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE


    NIGP JOB OPENING

    Public Procurement Education Manager

    NIGP is on the hunt for an experienced Public Procurement Manager to join our Content Research & Development Team.

    We're looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit, a subject matter expert in public procurement with an educational focus that's inclined to be disruptive and visionary. An individual that brings with them new ideas and is not afraid to lead us to success.

    This person will bring expertise and work experience to the Institute as a public procurement practitioner and serve as the go-to-resource for NIGP staff on matters related to the principles, standards, and practices governing public procurement.

    READ MORE

     

  • APRIL 19, 2023

    NIGP AWARD NOMINEES

    Applications Due April 24

    Congratulations on being nominated for the Procurement Manager of the Year (PMOY) or the Procurement Specialist of the Year (PSOY) award.

    This is a wonderful first step in the awards process, however, it's only the beginning.

    We need to hear from you. Please complete and submit the award application along with your letters of recommendation by Monday, April 24.

    We wouldn't want you to miss this opportunity to be considered for one of these prestigious awards. You're the best-of-the-best and deserve to be recognized.


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Michelle R. Croft
    Procurement Supervisor, Professional  Services
    City of Austin, TX

    NIGP mentors and procurement gurus John Flynn and Marcheta Gillespie encouraged me to get involved in the NIGP Mentorship Program when I was at Forum in Boston last year. When the online portal opened up in September, I put together a profile, and registered as a mentor. Well, here I am, 6 months into the program, and I have 2 outstanding mentees and just accepted a 3rd. We’re all in different parts of the country, different-sized organizations, but the challenges and resource needs are the same.  I’m not sure who has benefitted most from the program, me or them. It has given me a sense of purpose that I had been lacking in my career the past several years. I’m excited about procurement again and making a difference any way I can.

    Michelle’s Bio

    B.S. degree from Texas A&M University – I began my procurement career in private-sector manufacturing and that lasted 8 years, but the instability during the early 2000’s led me to seek the stability of the public sector. I began public service almost 20 years ago at the State of Texas oversight agency, the TX Building and Procurement Commission. I am the former Procurement Manager for the Travis County Healthcare District (dba Central Health), former Director of Purchasing and Contracting at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and have spent the last 10 years with the City of Austin’s Capital Contracting team procuring Professional A/E Services and Construction services.


    CELEBRATIONS

    NIGP Agency Advancement Award
    Bragging rights for your agency's innovation

    The Agency Advancement Award recognizes agencies who have excelled at implementing a procurement-related program or process improvement within their organization. 

    Agencies big and small are encouraged to apply.

    Amy Flack, representing NIGP's Member Council says, "Agencies are on the front lines solving difficult procurement problems every day, and we want to recognize those successes..."

    Deadline to submit is April 24.

    LEARN MORE


    NIGP-CPP

    The milestones just keep coming

    The momentum of NIGP-CPP, the premier professional certification for the mid-to-executive level leader keeps getting stronger and stronger.

    Our March 2023 new application intake (48) was the highest monthly total since June 2021 when the "free" application for CPPOs/CPPBs ended. 

    And we're approaching another milestone...since the inception of the program, 1,471 candidate applications have been approved. This fiscal year, we've received 218 applications compared to 158 applications at this point last year.

    LEARN MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    GOVERNMENTAL PROCUREMENT ASSOC.OF GA
    Spring Conference and Business Meeting
    APRIL 26-28 | Pine Mountain, GA

    MPPOA
    Reverse Trade Show
    APRIL 28 | Lansing, MI

    TAMPA BAY AREA CHAPTER OF NIGP
    Buyer/Seller Golf Tournament
    MAY 5 | Tampa, FL

    CENTRAL GULF COAST
    Reverse Trade Show
    MAY 11-12 |  Panama City, FL

    LEARN MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Mentorship Program -  is a formal 1:1 mentoring experience that allows for continuous registration. 

    This program pairs public procurement professionals with more experienced NIGP members who can provide guidance on professional development opportunities and offer other career-related advice. 

    Michelle's Member Spotlight shares her personal experience with the program.

    Email mentorship@nigp.org, if you're interested in participating. 

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Voluntary Restraint Agreement (VRA) - An agreement between countries to limit exports or imports to a mutually agreed upon number for a specific good

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    VIEW THE DICTIONARY


    RADIO NIGP

    Post COVID - You Made Improvements, Did They Stick? 

    This month's segment discusses the various struggles with losing momentum and gains during COVID, from Emergency to Permanency (such as virtual/online bid openings, remote working) and how public procurement professionals have adapted. Features include:

    Hot Topic - Coming out of COVID - The good and the bad.

    Legally Speaking: Contract Modifications, Electronic Sourcing, Electronic Evaluation, Electronic Signatures, Public Meetings, On the Job Training...

    Way to Grow: What we learned during the pandemic that helped us grow.

    VIEW THE BROADCAST

  • APRIL 12, 2023

    UPCOMING HEADLINER

    Overcoming Current Supply Chain Issues 

    May 17

    As we continue to navigate the pandemic’s impact on supply chains, how can we be better prepared for the next crisis? How can our supply chains be strengthened for the future?

    This session provides an update on what's happening in supply chains today based on current research and discussions within various industries. We begin by reviewing recent government data related to supply chain shortages, inflation, and inventory challenges. The good news is that things are getting better - the not-so-good news is that there are still a lot of challenges relative to the pre-COVID period.  

    May 17
    1:30PM - 4:30PM (ET) | 3 Contact Hours
    $79 Members; $179 Non-Members

    Learn more


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Sarah Andrews, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Contract Specialist
    Dutchess County, Poughkeepsie, NY

    Selected as one of American City & County's
    "2022 Exemplary Public Servants"

    At Dutchess County, Sarah primarily works with RFPs for professional services and assists with bidding. She also runs the shared services procurement program which provides procurement assistance service to any municipality in Dutchess County.

    "If you're putting out a bid, and you're not really sure what to do, you can reach out to me and ask any questions," Andrews says. "I'm that point of contact to help any municipality within our county."

    It's because of that helpful, encouraging service Andrews offers with Dutchess County that she has been chosen as one of American City & County's 2022 Exemplary Public Servants.

    Read more


    CELEBRATIONS

    New Volunteer Leaders
    Appointed by the Pipeline and Placement Committee

    We're proud to announce the following volunteer leaders have been appointed to the various NIGP committees: 

    LaTasha Terry NIGP-CPP, CPPO, Procurement Director for the South Carolina Dept. of Motor Vehicles, to the Mentorship Committee.

    Amber Yates NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, Procurement Administrator for the Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority AR, as an Area 4 Chapter Ambassador

    The Pipeline and Placement Committee is responsible for assessing the talents and passions of volunteer candidates and appointing volunteers to committees. 

    Read more


    NIGP-CPP

    Have you heard? Certification pays.

    According to the 2022 Public Procurement Compensation & Retention Benchmark Survey, certification status can increase earning potential.

    For example, certified purchasing managers earn approximately $86,000, while those without certification earn approximately $75,000. 

    59% of individual respondents reported that they hold procurement-specific certifications. Managers and directors are more likely to be certified than others. Approximately 74%-78% of director respondents said they hold certifications.

    Read more


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    SAMPO
    Western Regional Conference
    APRIL 19-20 | Cortland, NY 

    ARKANSAS CHAPTER
    Conference and Vendor Expo
    APRIL 19-21 | Little Rock, AR

    NMPPA
    Spring Conference and Vendor Fair
    APRIL 19-21 | Albuquerque, NM

    GOVERNMENTAL PROCUREMENT ASSOC. OF GA
    Spring Conference and Business Meeting

    Read more


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    Nsite - Your Online Community. Connect, communicate and collaborate with colleagues from across the U.S. and Canada. 

    What your peers are saying about Nsite:

    VIEW VIDEO


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Acceptable Products List (APL) - A pre-approved list of products, usually grouped by manufacturer, that have proven to be in conformance with developed specifications and standards. The list may result from performance testing of the product or as a result of field testing or laboratory analysis. 

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

     

  • APRIL 5, 2023

    NIGP FORUM 2023

    Where More Happens...

    NIGP Forum is the premier public procurement event in North America. Our theme this year is "Where more happens..." which describes Forum 2023 to a tee.

    It's where you'll find:

    MORE public procurement discussions
    MORE like-minded professionals gather (in-person and virtually)

    MORE educational content with 60+ procurement-related sessions
    MORE networking sessions with peers
    MORE connections with suppliers during the exhibition

    Although we’ve added more, we kept the in-person early fee the same as last year due to member feedback.

    In-Person, Louisville, KY | August 19 - 23
    $897 Members (until May 31)
    $1,122 Non-Members (until May 31)

    Virtual | August 21 - 23
    $299 Members
    $399 Non-Members

    Why attend Forum?  Listen to your colleagues.

    VIEW VIDEO


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Sharonda Thompson, NIGP-CPP, GCPA, CPDW
    Director, Logistical Services
    Dougherty County School System, GA

    Sharonda Thompson is the Director of Logistical Services for the Dougherty County School System (DCSS). DCSS is the largest school system in the second congressional district, the leading catalyst and advocate for public education in Southwest Georgia, and the place where innovation and drive unite to provide incredible opportunities for students.

    Sharonda has been with DCSS for nine years, starting as an Administrative Coordinator with the Logistical Services department and advancing to Assistant Director (2015), Interim Director (2017), and finally Logistical Services Director in 2018. Her team works closely with vendors, cooperative purchasing groups, and internal departments to provide guidance, training, and assistance, helping to develop comprehensive procurement strategies.

    Sharonda earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Albany State University and a Master's degree in Business Administration. Her focus has been and continues to be, applying superior business practices in conserving public funds, obtaining best-value solutions that support student achievement, and providing excellence in customer service as it relates to the procurement experience.

    To accomplish this, she has re-engineered her staff's approach to both simple and complicated procurement activities and elevated the importance of monitoring and training for continuous improvement.

    NIGP-CPP Certification

    Earning the NIGP-CPP designation has given me so much confidence and pride, especially as I reflect on the knowledge and skills I’ve acquired during my career and through NIGP’s learning resources. As procurement professionals, we can be so consumed in our daily duties, that we don’t pause for learning opportunities, or to give ourselves a pat on the back so-to-speak, for all we know and for all we do. It’s important because our commitment to learning directly impacts the way purchasing in our respective organizations evolves. This designation, for me, is a reminder of that, and it’s a reminder to make time for growth. Thank you NIGP for providing an incredible platform for us all and for all you do to support the procurement profession.


    CELEBRATIONS

    NIGP Agency Advancement Award
    Be proud of  your agency's innovation.

    The Agency Advancement Award recognizes agencies who have excelled at implementing a procurement-related program or process improvement within their organization. 

    Agencies big and small are encouraged to apply.

    Amy Flack, representing NIGP's Member Council says, "Agencies are on the front lines solving difficult procurement problems every day, and we want to recognize those successes...I want to encourage agencies to apply for this exciting award to show the incredible value procurement staff bring to their agency."

    Deadline to submit is April 24, 2023.

    READ MORE


    NIGP-CPP

    1,550+ Approved NIGP-CPP Candidates and Counting

    NIGP-CPP uniquely connects your learning and career aspirations.

    It's the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders in the public sector and is refreshed by ongoing research which keeps the certification relevant to what the market needs. . 

    What Your Colleagues Say About NIGP-CPP

     NIGP-CPP Certification - The Value Video

    VIEW VIDEO


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    Arizona State Capitol Chapter

    Reverse Trade Show
    APRIL 11 | Goodyear, AZ

    Tennessee Association of Public Purchasing
    Spring Professional Development Conference
    APRIL 12-14 | Memphis, TN 

    SCAGPO
    Reverse Trade Show
    APRIL 13 | Lexington, SC

    Southeast Florida Chapter
    Spring Conference
    APRIL 13 | Boca Raton, FL 

    Gulf Coast Association Governmental Purchasing Officers
    11th Annual Reverse Trade Show
    APRIL 14 | Naples, FL 

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP's Global Best Practices provide guidance on procurement processes, procedures and important topics to ensure you're equipped with the information you need to succeed. Recent Global Best Practices include: 

    • Establishing an Effective Supplier Diversity Program 
    • Procurement’s Role in the Use of Non-Emergency Federal Funds 
    • Achieving an Optimal pCard  Program


    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Monopsony - A market in which there is only one buyer.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    READ MORE


    2023 NCPP

    Above & Beyond Award Winners 

    Congratulations to these amazing public procurement professionals!

    The National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP) recognizes stars in public procurement who have gone ABOVE & BEYOND in their procurement role.

    Thanks to all who took the time and initiative to nominate their peers in procurement for the annual NCPP Above & Beyond award.

    2023 AWARD WINNERS

     

  • MARCH 29, 2023

    NIGP VCON 2023

    Empowering New Procurement Professionals 

    Are you new to public procurement or interested in taking a refresher on the fundamentals? No matter where you are in your career, NIGP VCON has something for you. 

    Choose from a total of 8 educational sessions taught by industry leading practitioners who share the foundations to kick-start your career. Attendees select a total of 4 live sessions (2 per day). Registration includes on-demand access to all the sessions post-conference.

    Members Appreciation Special - 50% Off

    First 250 members to register will pay only $74 (savings courtesy of our government partner Sourcewell).  

    Use coupon code SOURCEWELL50

    Regular Member Price: $149 
    Non-Member Price: $249

    NIGP VCON 2023
    June 7-8
    12:30PM - 5PM | 9 Contact Hours

    REGISTER TODAY


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Molly McLoughlin, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FMP
    Director of Procurement
    Colorado Department of Transportation

    Selected as one of American City & County's
    "2022 Exemplary Public Servants"

    Public service is a calling, and people who enter it feel strongly about serving. Procurement, on the other hand, is not necessarily a field one is called to, but the right person can use procurement skills to benefit their community. That is the case of Molly McLoughlin.

    McLoughlin has the calling to public service. "I am in public service because that's who I am by nature, she says. "My parents are public servants and that's just who I am as a person."

    Excerpt from "The importance of building relationships: 2022 Exemplary Public Servant Molly McLoughlin" written by Michelle M. Havich, March 20, 2023, American City & County

    Read more


    CELEBRATIONS

    Recognizing Milestone Anniversaries
    Thank you for being a valued Member 

    Celebrating 65 years of membership:
    City of Baltimore - Bureau of Procurement, MD
    City of Tucson, AZ
    Norfolk Public Schools, VA
    State of Alaska
    Miami Dade County - Strategic Procurement Department, FL

    Celebrating 60 years of membership:
    City of Independence, MO
    City of Tulsa, OK
    Metropolitan Government of Nashville-Davidson County, TN

    Celebrating 55 years of membership:
    City of Tampa, FL
    Corporation of the City of Kitchener, ON

    READ MORE


    PROCUREMENT MONTH SPECIALS

    1. Save 20%
    On-Demand Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing & Contracting

    (Includes all four On-Demand Competency Modules)

    • Specification Development
    • Evaluation Methods
    • Negotiations
    • Sourcing and Contracting Methods


    Member Price: $360 Special $288
    Non-Member: $410 Special $328
    Contact Hours: 12.5 | CEUs: 1.25

    REGISTER NOW until March 31. 

    2. FREE On-Demand NIGP-CPP Assessment Tool Module A Exam Prep Only 

    This interactive tool provides personalized insight into your procurement knowledge before you test. 

    Receive immediate feedback on all 150 questions, so you'll know if your selections were right or wrong and learn why.

    Price: $49; FREE to ALL

    FREE NOW until March 31.


    NIGP-CPP

    Registration and Payment for May 2023 Testing Closes Today. The August 2023 Testing Window Opens on April 4. 

    The NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP) is the only certification managed and administered by NIGP.

    Did you know?

    More and more employers are seeing NIGP-CPP as a marker of accomplishment. NIGP-CPP certification is included in the U.S. Department of Labor Credentials Center.

    Learn more


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapter Performance Standards Seal & Outstanding Chapter Awards

    A two-layered approach to recognizing chapter accomplishments:

    1. Chapter Performance Standards Seal – a ‘standard’ in which chapters can strive to follow and advance the opportunities offered to their members. 

    2. Outstanding Chapter Awards – offered in four categories for the pursuit of excellence in practices and innovations.

    Deadline for Submissions: May 22, 2023

    Learn more


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Member Directory - a valuable resource to connect and consult with like-minded procurement professionals from across the U.S. and Canada.

    Search the 16,000+ member directory by organization type, geographic location and so
    much more.

    There's no better time to build strong meaningful connections that can have a positive impact in our lives today and into the future. 


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Externality - A benefit or cost borne by a third party but not by the producer.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.


    WORKING TO SUPPORT YOU

    Coalition formed to simplify Federal Awards Process

    NIGP is part of a coalition with GFOA, NLC, and NACo that's providing recommendations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in response to their Request for Information on proposed revisions to Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulation, Subtitle A, Chapters I and II.

    The coalition is working to support our members when it comes to the federal awards process and is extremely interested in working with OMB to provide feedback on how to reform and simplify Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Subtitle A, Chapter I and II for elected officials and the government finance officers that are charged with carrying out the operations of the counties and municipalities.

    READ MORE

  • MARCH 22, 2023

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    PROCURE ON
    Procurement Month Highlights

    Portland Community College
    For the first time in it's history, Portland Community College (the largest institution of higher education in the state of Oregon) has issued a Procurement Month proclamation.

    This is a major accomplishment and great recognition from not only the College President but the entire Board. Congratulations procurement...Procure On. 

    Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, Office of Procurement Services shared how they celebrated Procurement Professionals' Day and reflected on the valuable work that all procurement professionals do every day (and had a good time doing it). 

    Forward your proclamations, photos, newsletters and activities to  (cpatin@nigp.org) so we can include them on PROCUREMENT MONTH 2023 and share your incredible work. 

    VIEW VIDEO


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    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Danny Mays, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CPSM, CPSD, CMPO
    Director of Procurement
    Maryland Judiciary

    I spent some time in the university system, so it always felt great to see the impact of bringing better value to students – like a new dining hall or new building for educational purposes or a multi-service center where you see folks from all over the community have a new place for recreational purposes. 

    That’s one of the reasons, I PROCURE ON.


    Celebrate4_2471247.jpgCELEBRATIONS

    Recognizing Milestone Anniversaries
    Thank you for being a valued Member 

    Celebrating 75 years of membership:
    City of Coral Gables, FL
    City of Hartford, CT
    City of Norfolk, VA

    Celebrating 70 years of membership:
    City of Norwich , CT
    Maricopa County,  AZ

    READ MORE


    PROCUREMENT MONTH SPECIALS

    1. Save 20%
    On-Demand Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing & Contracting

    (Includes all four On-Demand Competency Modules)

    • Specification Development
    • Evaluation Methods
    • Negotiations
    • Sourcing and Contracting Methods


    Member Price: $360 Special $288
    Non-Member: $410 Special $328
    Contact Hours: 12.5 | CEUs: 1.25

    REGISTER NOW until March 31. 

    2. FREE On-Demand NIGP-CPP Assessment Tool Module A Exam Prep Only 

    This interactive tool provides personalized insight into your procurement knowledge before you test. 

    Receive immediate feedback on all 150 questions, so you'll know if your selections were right or wrong and learn why.

    Price: $49; FREE to ALL

    FREE NOW until March 31.


    NIGP-CPP

    NIGP-CPP is World-Class

    NIGP-CPP candidates have spoken and they say NIGP-CPP is world-class.

    Based on a net promoter score (NPS) of 83.8 for the NIGP-CPP. The Net Promoter score is the gold standard of customer experience metrics worldwide.

    We thank everyone who helped make this certification program a success. Together we're elevating the procurement profession through this coveted certification.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    Tennessee Association of Public Purchasing
    Spring Professional Development Conference
    APRIL 12-14 | Memphis, TN 

    Arkansas Chapter
    Conference and Vendor Expo
    APRIL 19-21 | Little Rock, AR

    Michigan Public Purchasing Officers Association
    Reverse Trade Show
    APRIL 28 | Lansing, MI

    VIEW MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    White Paper Developed by NIGP Business Council - "That was Then, This is Now, Why Suppliers are Still Choosing to 'No Bid'.

    Nearly a decade after the NIGP Business Council created its first white paper, “We ‘No Bid,’ and I’ll Tell You Why", suppliers are still choosing to "No Bid".  

    Find out why with this FREE White Paper. 

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Quality Standard - A recognized level of quality or excellence that must be met to qualify for certification from a certifying body.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE


    NIGP Individual Awards - Call for NominationsLAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE

    NIGP Member Awards

    Deadline to submit is Friday, March 24

    Please take a few minutes to nominate a colleague (or yourself) for doing an outstanding job. That special person who is always ready, willing and able to help, offer guidance, and provide support.

    That individual who embodies and demonstrates the Values and Guiding Principles of  the profession.

    NIGP Awards Include:

    • Albert H. Hall Memorial Award
    • Anne Deatherage Meritorious Service
    • Distinguished Service Award
    • Procurement Manager of the Year
    • Procurement Specialist of the Year


    NOMINATE TODAY

  • MARCH 15, 2023

    NIGP Individual Awards - Call for Nominations

    MEMBER AWARDS 
    Call for Nominations 

    It's Procurement Month, there's no better time to nominate a colleague (or yourself) for doing an outstanding job. Take a few minutes to nominate that special person who is always willing to help, to offer guidance and to provide support. Get recognized!

    NIGP Awards Include:

    • Albert H. Hall Memorial Award
    • Anne Deatherage Meritorious Service
    • Distinguished Service Award
    • Procurement Manager of the Year
    • Procurement Specialist of the Year


    Deadline to submit is March 24.

    NOMINATE TODAY


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Maija Lampinen, NIGP-CPP, CPP
    Procurement and Contracts Manager
    Port of Everett, WA

    During times of crisis, the procurement community really pulls together.

    I was able to work with my local chapter to find out where people were sourcing certain PPEs such as hand sanitizers by local distilleries.

    As a result, I was able to provide for folks in my community and share this knowledge with other entities.

    That’s one of the reasons, I PROCURE ON.


    CELEBRATIONS

    The Results Are In
    Congratulations to our New NIGP-CPPs

    The February testing results are in and we're excited to recognize the 53 professionals who successfully attained the competency-based qualifications set forth by the NIGP Certification Commission for public procurement leaders and earned NIGP Certified Procurement Professional certification (NIGP-CPP). 

    That's 1,050 NIGP Certified Public Procurement Professionals in less than 3 years. Thank you to everyone who helped make this program a success.

    NEW NIGP-CPPS 


    PROCUREMENT MONTH SPECIALS

    1. Save 20%
    On-Demand Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing & Contracting

    (Includes all four On-Demand Competency Modules)

    • Specification Development
    • Evaluation Methods
    • Negotiations
    • Sourcing and Contracting Methods


    Member Price: $360 Special $288
    Non-Member: $410 Special $328
    Contact Hours: 12.5 | CEUs: 1.25

    REGISTER NOW until March 31. 

    2. FREE On-Demand NIGP-CPP Assessment Tool Module A Exam Prep Only 

    This interactive tool provides personalized insight into your procurement knowledge before you test. 

    Receive immediate feedback on all 150 questions, so you'll know if your selections were right or wrong and learn why.

    Price: $49; FREE to ALL

    FREE NOW until March 31.


    NIGP-CPP

    Great news. Certification pays.

    According to the 2022 Public Procurement Compensation & Retention Benchmark Survey, certification status can increase earning potential.

    For example, certified purchasing managers earn approximately $86,000, while those without certification earn approximately $75,000. 

    59% of individual respondents reported that they hold procurement-specific certifications. Managers and directors are more likely to be certified than others. Approximately 74%-78% of director respondents said they hold certifications.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    From the Utah Chapter of NIGP

    Governor Cox declared March as Utah Purchasing Month. At the March chapter meeting, attended by approximately 50 individuals in-person and another 41 attending virtually, the Buyer of the Year and Manager of the Year awards were announced.

    Please join us in congratulating:

    Buyer of the Year: Gayle Christensen, Senior Buyer, Canyon School District 

    Manager of the Year: Terri O’Toole, Director of Procurement and Supply Chain, University of Utah 


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCE

    NIGP Mentorship Program -  Shaping Your Future 

    This program pairs public procurement professionals with more experienced NIGP members who can provide guidance on professional development opportunities and offer other career-related advice. 

    This cohort uses NIGP's new online mentoring software for quick and easy matching. If you're interested in participating in this program, email mentorship@nigp.org.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Buying Allowance - A supplier's reduction to an entity in the price of goods already purchased and delivered without a requirement for the entity to return the goods.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE


    BECOME A PART OF THE NIGP CERTIFICATION COMMISSION

    The NIGP Talent Council is recruiting leaders to fill three (3) public procurement practitioner positions on the NIGP CERTIFICATION COMMISSION.

    If you wish to be considered for this volunteer role, please submit the following two documents: 

    1.  LETTER OF INTEREST - explain why you are a good candidate to serve on the NIGP Certification Commission, please email your Letter of Interest to Helen Leonard (hleonard@nigp.org)

    2.  COMPLETED  NIGP VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM
    Contact Helen Leonard, Governance Manager, if you have any questions by email (hleonard@nigp.org) or call (800) 367-6447 x240.

    Deadline to Submit: March 22, 2023

     

  • MARCH 8, 2023

    March is Procurement MonthPROCURE ON
    March is Procurement Month

    This month we celebrate public procurement professionals and the incredible work you do.

    Our theme for Procurement Month is PROCURE ON because no matter what happens public procurement professionals PROCURE ON.

    Whether it's supply chain issues, a major snowstorm or a reduction in staff,  you PROCURE ON to find the right solution whatever the situation.

    We've created a series of videos which we'll share during the month that highlight some of the ways you PROCURE ON. 

    VIEW VIDEO


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Nathan Daou, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., A.P.P.
    Procurement Administrator

    City of Tucson Business Services Department, AZ

    Nathan Daou is the Procurement Administrator for the City of Tucson, AZ.  He has been an active member of the Copper Chapter of NIGP throughout his 22 years in public procurement.  He was awarded the NIGP Manager of the Year Award in 2019.  In 2021, Nathan became a Director of the National Procurement Institute in order to contribute to the profession in a new way.

    In 2015, out of their passion for the Procurement profession, Nathan and his colleague at the City of Tucson, Victoria Cortinas, embarked on a journey to promote a dedicated day to recognize and celebrate procurement professionals.  Originally named “Professional Buyers’ Day”, the name of the day has been changed this year to “Procurement Professionals’ Day” in order to be more inclusive of the many different titles that the members of our profession work under.  The day creates an opportunity to take the Procurement function, which often works quietly behind the scenes in our organizations, and bring it center stage.  Procurement departments can use this opportunity to celebrate their “Proc Stars”, but they can also use it to strategically market all the value they can bring to the rest of their agency, as well as the important role procurement professionals play in building trust with the communities we serve.    

    Nathan doesn’t miss an opportunity to share his passion for the procurement profession.  You may have seen his posts on NSite each year encouraging others to make the most of the opportunity Procurement Professionals’ Day provides and suggesting ideas for how to celebrate it. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    Congratulations
    Today is Procurement Professionals' Day

    March 8, 2023

    Thanks to the efforts of Nathan and Victoria, the second Wednesday of March has been declared Procurement Professionals' Day (changed from Professional Buyer's Day to be more inclusive of the many different titles we find in the profession)

    This dedicated day provides procurement departments with the opportunity to strategically market all the value they bring to their agency and the important role procurement professionals play in building trust with the communities they serve.

    NIGP's website currently features proclamations from the City of Tucson, AZ, Copper Chapter of NIGP, the Oregon Public Purchasing Association, and the National Procurement Institute (NPI) which officially recognize your day. 

    LEARN MORE


    PROCUREMENT MONTH SPECIALS

    1. Save 20%
    On-Demand Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing & Contracting

    (Includes all four On-Demand Competency Modules)

    • Specification Development
    • Evaluation Methods
    • Negotiations
    • Sourcing and Contracting Methods


    Member Price: $360 Special $288
    Non-Member: $410 Special $328
    Contact Hours: 12.5 | CEUs: 1.25

    REGISTER NOW until March 31. 

    2. FREE On-Demand NIGP-CPP Assessment Tool Module A Exam Prep Only 

    This interactive tool provides personalized insight into your procurement knowledge before you test. 

    Receive immediate feedback on all 150 questions, so you'll know if your selections were right or wrong and learn why.

    Price: $49; FREE to ALL

    FREE NOW until March 31.


    NIGP-CPP

    Drumroll Please...We've Achieved Another Milestone 

    The February testing results are in and we're pleased to announce there are now 1,050 NIGP-CPP certificants across 45 states and 5 provinces.

    The threshold of 1,000 certificants was achieved in less than 3 years despite an extended pandemic that impacted the workplace. NIGP-CPP is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders.

    Thank you to everyone who helped make this certification program a success.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    VA Assoc. of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP)
    Spring Conference and Business Showcase
    MARCH 12-15 | Norfolk, VA

    Tennessee Association of Public Purchasing
    Spring Professional Development Conference
    APRIL 12-14 | Memphis, TN 

    Arkansas Chapter
    Conference and Vendor Expo
    APRIL 19-21 | Little Rock, AR

    Michigan Public Purchasing Officers Association
    Reverse Trade Show
    APRIL 28 | Lansing, MI 

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Job Board - Career Opportunities For You

    Whether you're looking for a job or recruiting for your entity, you can benefit from the NIGP Job Board. It's your best resource for career opportunities exclusively for public  procurement professionals.

    All NIGP members can search for or post open roles on the NIGP electronic job board. Postings are free to member agencies and are valid for 45 days.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Time Utility - The added value that results when a supplier makes a good or service available at a convenient or desirable time for customers.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE


    RADIO NIGP

    Theme: Public Procurement Impact and Engagement

    This month's segment features a Procurement Month welcome from NIGP CEO, Rick Grimm and stories about the impact public procurement has on topics such as: Waster Water, Hurricane Response, Surplus Property, and more.

    Regular segments include: 

    Good in Orange -  a story about attempted fraud by an Atlanta Georgia businessman

    Moments with NIGP – what it’s like to be an elected representative on the Member Council

    Way to Grow - a discussion about the NIGP Public Procurement Associate Designation

    VIEW BROADCAST

  • MARCH 1, 2023

    IT'S PROCUREMENT MONTH
    Celebrating you and all you do

    This year's theme for Procurement Month is PROCURE ON. It describes exactly what you do because no matter the challenge, no matter the circumstance, public procurement professionals PROCURE ON.

    Your selfless determination enables you to make what seems impossible, possible. We applaud all that you do and thank you for the positive difference you make in our communities and in our world.

    This month is all about you. Share your amazing accomplishments with public officials and the tax payers you serve. Forward your proclamations, resolutions, photos, and activities to cpatin@nigp.org to post on our website for all to see and celebrate.

    VIEW VIDEO


    PROCUREMENT MONTH SPECIALS

    1. FREE Essential Skills Learning Lab
    Free to Members Only

    MARCH 14 – Communication, Collaboration & Active Listening
    (75 seats available)

    Price: $79 FREE (Members Only)
    Use Discount Code: 2023LLMARCH

    Special pricing made possible by the generous support of our government partner Sourcewell.

    REGISTER TODAY

    2. Save 20%
    On-Demand Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing & Contracting

    (Includes all four On-Demand Competency Modules)

    • Specification Development
    • Evaluation Methods
    • Negotiations
    • Sourcing and Contracting Methods


    Member Price: $360 Special $288
    Non-Member: $410 Special $328
    Contact Hours: 12.5 | CEUs: 1.25

    REGISTER NOW until March 31. 

    3. FREE On-Demand NIGP-CPP Assessment Tool Module A Exam Prep Only 

    This interactive tool provides personalized insight into your procurement knowledge before
    you test. 

    Receive immediate feedback on all 75 questions, so you'll know if your selections were right or wrong and learn why.

    Price: $49; FREE to ALL

    FREE NOW until March 31.


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Ezzard Spencer, NIGP-CPP, FCCN, FCCM
    Procurement Director
    City of Plantation, FL

    PROCURE ON....

    The City of Plantation (like many other agencies) has been faced with challenges when trying to procure fleet vehicle(s). Typically, the City would competitively solicit for vehicles, providing for an opportunity to local and non-local dealerships to submit a competitive bid. However, given the supply chain shortages, and short ordering windows, the City was faced with finding an alternative way to PROCURE ON, while still adhering to our local, and state laws.

    This was Procurement's opportunity to find an innovative solution. First, we researched local and National Co-Op contracts and vendors, then State contracts and vendors, and finally we even called local dealership directly to inquire if they fleet vehicles sitting on their lots that an agency opted not to procure.  This process rendered some success, but then we requested to be on a call list with these same vendors.  Asking if a vehicle of a particular make and model became available (on or off contract) to give us a call.

    Through the use of the City's competitive procurement exemption process, keen negotiation skills, devotion and dedication to PROCURE ON and support from our City Administration and Legislative Body, the City of Plantation has been able to obtain a majority of the vehicles that we need to continue an effective and efficient operation.

    The lesson to be taken from this situation, is that if you continue to do normal things, you will get normal results.  In my opinion, procurement staff was extraordinarily resourceful, and kept an open mind to find a solution(s) to the problem, and for that reason they got extraordinary results.

    PROCURE ON, Procurement Professionals


    CELEBRATIONS

    NIGP Individual Member Awards 
    Call for Nominations Now Open

    It's Procurement Month and there's no better time to nominate a colleague (or yourself) for doing an outstanding job. Take a few minutes to nominate that special person who is always willing to help, to offer guidance and to provide support. It's been an incredible year...get recognized!

    Prestigious NIGP Awards Include:

    • Albert H. Hall Memorial Award
    • Anne Deatherage Meritorious Service
    • Award Distinguished Service
    • Award Procurement Manager of the Year
    • Procurement Specialst of the Year


    Deadline to submit is March 24.

    NOMINATE TODAY


    NIGP-CPP

    What NIGP-CPPs Say

    “The NIGP-CPP certification is inclusive and the content really promotes critical thinking which is  essential in our profession.”
    Stephanie Dion, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Saskatchewan Urban Municipal Association -
    Kinetic GPO, Lorette West, MB

    “I would encourage all procurement professionals to seek the NIGP-CPP certification as demonstration of competence, knowledge, and skills to excel as a leader in the procurement profession.”
    Travis Pierce, NIGP-CPP, MBA, CLGPO, CPPO, CPPB
    Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, NC

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    NIGP Chapter Awards & Recognition 

    We encourage chapters to showcase their professional development opportunities.

    That's why we've created a two-layered approach to recognizing the accomplishments of our chapters:

    • Chapter Performance Standards Seal
    • Outstanding Chapter Awards


    Deadline to Submit is May 22.

    Application coming soon. NIGP Chapter Members don't forget to nominate colleagues or yourself for one of NIGP's Individual Awards. 

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Research Report - 2022 Public Procurement Compensation & Retention Benchmark Study

    The study provides comparative compensation information to help industry leaders classify public procurement positions and determine appropriate salary ranges. 

    The findings show sustained increases in public procurement salaries across the board. However, key variables (e.g., entity type, gender, certification) can have a significant impact on what individuals earn.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Law of DemandAn economic principle stating that if all other factors are constant, price and demand for a good or service are inversely related. As price increases, demand falls, and as price decreases, demand increases. 

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

     

  • FEBRUARY 22, 2023

    NIGP FORUM 2023 
    Where more happens...

    NIGP Forum is the premier public procurement event in North America. It's where more public procurement discussions take place, more like-minded professionals gather (in-person and virtually), and where you can access more educational content with 60+ procurement-related sessions, more networking sessions with peers, and where you make more connections with suppliers during the exhibition.  

    Although we’ve added more, we've kept the in-person early fee the same as last year due to member feedback.

    In-Person, Louisville, KY | August 19 - 23
    $897 Members (until May 31)
    $1,122 Non-Members (until May 31)

    Virtual | August 21 - 23
    $299 Members
    $399 Non-Members

    LEARN MORE


    Lee_Hubert2_2446426.jpgPRESENTER SPOTLIGHT

    Lee Hubert
    Leadership Trainer, Coach, Facilitator & Speaker

    Lee is the founder of Managers Success LLC, and the author of Behind the Manager’s Closed Door-Lessons in Managerial Leadership. He draws from over 25 years of experience in human resources and leadership development roles and is the presenter of our upcoming Essential Skills Learning Lab. 

    Communication/Collaboration/Active Listening
    March 14 | 2-4PM (ET) 
    Join Lee for an engaging session that explores the 5 levels of listening and different communication styles. Get ready to be surprised at what you find out.

    Spoiler Alert: Did you know that 70-90% of communication is nonverbal?


    Radio3_2446624.jpgCELEBRATIONS

    Radio NIGP 
    "Preparing for Procurement Month"

    The month of March celebrates the public procurement profession. To help you prepare properly, the Radio NIGP staff highlights some low or no budget ideas for celebrating the profession. 

    The 'Legally Speaking' segment explains the importance of seeking Resolutions or other official acts to bring attention to this great profession and what you accomplish. It's also a good time to consider seeking changes in your procurement codes during Procurement Month.

    Other features include the value of volunteerism, mentorship and so much more. 

    Happy 2nd Anniversary to Radio NIGP!

    LEARN MORE


    NIGP-CPP

    Why NIGP-CPP?

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification that is anchored in the Public Procurement Competency Framework. The Framework is rooted in research produced by the Volcker Alliance that seeks effective public service through workforce competencies. 

    NIGP-CPP is the only competency-based certification built on a modular exam that expands beyond public procurement’s technical aspects and assesses the more holistic competencies needed to be a successful leader within a public entity, embracing elements of leadership, business principles, and procurement strategy.

    LEARN MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapters play a vital role at NIGP

    When you become a member in a local NIGP chapter, you gain access to a local network of procurement professionals who can help you advance in your career, develop critical leadership skills, and create change that positively impacts your community.

    Schedule Your Chapter Visits 

    Don't forget to invite your Chapter Ambassadors or the NIGP Business Council to your chapter event. To schedule a visit please fill out the VISIT REQUEST FORM. NIGP has provided a CONTENT DESCRIPTION for all Business Council requests. 


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP's Global Best Practices provide guidance on procurement processes, procedures and important topics to ensure you're equipped with the information you need to succeed. Recently published Global Best Practices include: 

    • Establishing an Effective Supplier Diversity Program 
    • Procurement’s Role in the Use of Non-Emergency Federal Funds 
    • Achieving an Optimal pCard  Program

     

    LEARN MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Business Interruption Insurance Insurance coverage that replaces the lost income of a business from physical damage or loss, e.g., fire, flooding, natural disaster, epidemic, labor unrest.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms, a comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

  • FEBRUARY 15, 2023

    NIGP Forum 2023 Scholarships AvailableFORUM 2023 SCHOLARSHIPS
    Apply by March 7, 2023 

    Thanks to our government partner, Sourcewell, we're offering NIGP Forum 2023 scholarships to cover registration fees for those who lack the funds.

    Applicants can choose to apply for one of the following scholarships:

    Attend Forum In Person in Louisville, Kentucky
    August 19 – 23, 2023
    The scholarship covers the early registration fee of $897.

    Or

    Attend Virtual Forum
    August 21 – 23, 2023
    The scholarship covers the registration fee of $299.

    READ MORE


    FORUM 2023 CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
    Only 2 Days Left to Submit

    Submissions due Friday, February 17.

    Do you have a topic you're passionate about and want to share with your peers? Don't miss your opportunity.

    We're looking for a range of topics and session levels from Fundamental to Advanced within these preliminary content themes:

    Cornerstones of Public Procurement - overarching discussions focused on the core components of public procurement such as contract compliance, negotiations, ethics, and federal programs to name a few. 

    Leadership - sessions focused on the skills needed to tackle everyday leadership challenges such as crititcal thinking, emotional intelligence, diversity and inclusion.

    READ MORE


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Meet the New Chapter Ambassador for Area 3
    Amanda Greer, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Statewide Procurement Analyst II
    Kentucky Division of Engineering & Contract Administration

    Amanda has been in procurement for nearly 24 years, and a member of NIGP and the Kentucky Public Procurement Association (KPPA) since the beginning. She’s been fortunate to have supervisors and mentors who were adamant about the importance of both organizations to the advancement of her career.

    Amanda served on the KPPA Board of Directors from 2010-2018 and again beginning in 2021 to the present. She was also a member of the NIGP Member Council from its inception until terming off in June, 2022.

    She has spent most of the past 17 years with the Kentucky Division of Engineering and Contract Administration, where they manage the Commonwealth’s capital construction.


    CELEBRATIONS

    NCPP Above & Beyond Awards
    Deadline to Submit is March 20, 2023

    The National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP) recognizes stars in public procurement who have gone Above & Beyond in their procurement role. With all that's happened in the past few years, all heroes in procurement - be it the Director, Buyer I, or Stockroom Clerk - deserve recognition.

    Submit your nomination to Tammy Rimes at Tammy.Rimes@NCPPAssociation.org with your nominee's name, title, agency, and email along iwth a couple of paragraphs about their Above & Beyond performance.

    READ MORE


    NIGP-CPP

    1,550+ Approved NIGP-CPP Candidates & Counting

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders.

    Eligibility
    There are six eligibility pathways, and you must be eligible for one of these pathways to apply for the NIGP-CPP.

    Please review the NIGP-CPP CERTIFICATION HANDBOOK, for detailed information about the specific education and employment requirements for each eligibility pathway.

    Free Webinar
    Join us and learn firsthand how NIGP-CPP can move your career forward. 

    Webinar: NIGP Certified Procurement Professional - Connecting Certification to Your Learning and Career Aspirations

    MARCH 1 | 2PM - 3:30PM (ET)

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    Whether it's a Reverse Trade Show, or seasonal conference, Chapters are engaging with procurement professionals and suppliers within their own communities. 

    Rocky Mt. Gov'tl. Purchasing Assoc. (RMGPA)
    Spring Conference
    FEBRUARY 23 | Denver, CO

    NC Association of Governmental Purchasing
    Spring Conference
    MARCH 6-9 | Wilmington, NC

    VA Assoc. of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP)
    Spring Conference and Business Showcase
    MARCH 12-15 | Norfolk, VA

    Tennessee Association of Public Purchasing
    Spring Professional Development Conference
    APRIL 12-14 | Memphis, TN 

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCE

    Nsite - Your Online Community. Connect, communicate and collaborate with peers from across the country at all different stages in their careers.

    Choose from over 50 special interest communities created by you and for you. Share ideas, challenges and opportunities 24/7.

    LEARN MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Externality - A benefit or cost borne by a third party but not by the producer.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

  • FEBRUARY 8, 2023

    IT'S OFFICIAL...
    Forum 2023 Registration Is Open 

    Last week's technical difficulties have been resolved and we're ready, willing and excited to open registration to NIGP Forum 2023. 

    This year's theme is "Where more happens..."it's where you get access to more educational content with 60+ procurement-related sessons, more networking, more insights, and more relationships are made with colleagues and 200+ exhibitors.  

    We understand your budget contraints, so we've kept the in-person early fee the same as last year.

    In-Person, Louisville, KY | August 19 - 23
    $897 Members (until May 31)
    $1,122 Non-Members (until May 31)
    Contact Hours: 18.5

    Virtual | August 21 - 23
    $299 Members
    $399 Non-Members
    Contact Hours: 16.5

    Thanks to our government partner Sourcewell, we're offering NIGP Forum 2023 scholarships to cover registration fees for those who lack the funds. 

    REGISTER TODAY


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Meet the New Chapter Ambassador for Area 3
    Amy Monroe, CPPB

    Amy Monroe is the Director for the Good and Service Division within the Finance and Administration Cabinet, Office of Procurement Services (OPS).  Although she began her public procurement career with OPS in 2001, Amy has worked for various state agencies handling a diverse assortment of procurements.

    She is an active member of NIGP, the Kentucky Public Procurement Association (KPPA), and the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO).  Amy served on the KPPA Board of Directors in multiple capacities from 2008-2018 and 2022 (Treasurer 2012 & 2013; Vice-President 2016 & 2017; President 2018). In 2020 Amy was named the KPPA Manager of the Year. 

    Amy earned her Certified Public Procurement Buyer (CPPB) in 2005 and is a 2000 graduate of Midway College where is earned degrees in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems (CIS).

    Amy lives in Columbia, Kentucky and in her spare time enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family on their boat.


    CELEBRATIONS

    Striving for Excellence in Procurement 
    The Accreditation for Quality Public Procurement Departments (QPPD)

    QPPD Accreditation communicates the value of your procurement department to internal and external stakeholders. 

    Congratulations to these distinguished public agencies who recently earned the coveted QPPD accreditation:

    • City of Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    • Knoxville Community Development Corporation - The Public Housing and Development Authority

    Read the Complete List


    NIGP-CPP

    Certification Pays

    According to the 2022 Public Procurement Compensation & Retention Benchmark Survey, certification status can increase earning potential.

    For example, certified assistant buyers earn approximately $57,000, while those without certification earn approximately $46,000. For purchasing managers, those with certification earn approximately $86,000, while those without earn approximately $75,000. 

    Approximately 74%-78% of director respondents said they hold certifications.

    Read more


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapter Academy February 2 – 5 | St. Louis, MO

    Chapter Leaders were part of a new leadership learning experience, NIGP Leadership Summit. For the first time, NIGP brought together procurement professional from various stages to participate in three leadership programs: the Chapter Academy for Chapter leaders, Leaders Edge for emerging leaders, and Leading for Impact for senior and experienced leaders.

    Over 85 Chapter Leaders representing 54 NIGP Chapters joined us in St. Louis for our Chapter Academy program where the theme was “Leading through Action”.


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Webinars provide valuable learning on hot topics in procurement, helping you stay informed.  And, they're better than ever with 60% more content which means more contact hours to meet your professional learning goals.

    Plus, they're geared to learners at all levels and complement other NIGP learning resources.

    View Upcoming Webinars


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Horizontal Integration - The merger of organizations or functions that are operating in the same industry and at similar levels.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A  comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE


    NCPP Above & Beyond Awards

    NCPP ABOVE & BEYOND AWARDS

    Submission Deadline: March 20, 2023

    The National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP) recognizes stars in public procurement who have gone Above & Beyond in their procurement role. With all that's happened in the past few years, all heroes in procurement - be it the Director, Buyer I, or Stockroom Clerk - deserve recognition.

    Submit your nomination to Tammy Rimes at Tammy.Rimes@NCPPAssociation.org with your nominee's name, title, agency, and email along iwth a couple of paragraphs about their Above & Beyond performance.

    Read more

     

  • FEBRUARY 1, 2023

    JOIN US FOR NIGP FORUM 2023
    Where more happens...

    In-Person - August 19 - 23 | Virtual - August 21 - 23

    NIGP Forum continues to offer members choice and flexibility to participate in the largest public procurement focused conference in North America. 

    We heard you loud and clear about budgets, so we've maintained our early member registration fees from last year and scholarships are available. 

    In-Person, Louisville, KY | August 19 - 23
    $897 Members (until May 31)
    $1,122 Non-Members (until May 31)
    Contact Hours: 18.5

    Virtual  | August 21 - 23
    $299 Members
    $399 Non-Members
    Contact Hours: 16.5

    Expect more, receive more, whether you join us

    in-person or virtually.  
    REGISTER TODAY


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Meet the New Chapter Ambassador for Area 5
    Tara Camp, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Senior Purchasing Manager
    Non-Capital Program & Materials Management
    Tampa International Airport, FL

    Tara Camp is the Senior Manager of Non-Capital Programs and Materials Management at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Florida.  Her role at the Airport is to oversee all non-capital formal solicitations, benchmarking, PCard program, and new technology initiatives within Procurement.  Tara as served on the Tampa Bay Area Chapter of NIGP board for 9 years and currently serves as the Vice Chair on NIGP’s Pipeline and Placement Committee.  During Tara’s time serving on the Tampa Bay Area Chapter of NIGP board, Tara created initiatives such as a virtual study group, the Warren Geltch Lifetime Achievement Award, thank you gift cards to volunteers, the Rookie of the Year Award, and First-Timers Scholarship.  As a newly appointed Chapter Ambassador for Area 5, Tara is excited to share with chapters throughout Florida what NIGP has to offer and how to get members involved with the chapter and NIGP.  During her free time she enjoys spending time with outdoors with her husband and their four (4) dogs.


    CELEBRATIONS

    NIGP Thanks These Entities For Their Dedication and Milestone Membership With Us.

    Celebrating 75 Years
    City of Coral Gables, FL
    City of Hartford, CT
    City of Norfolk, VA

    Celebrating 70 Years
    City of Norwich, CT
    Maricopa County, AZ

    Celebrating 65 Years
    City of Baltimore - Bureau of Procurement, MD
    City of Tucson, AZ
    Miami Dade County Strategic Procurement Department, FL
    Norfolk Public Schools, VA
    State of Alaska

    READ MORE


    NIGP-CPP

    1,550+ Approved NIGP-CPP Candidates & Counting...

    NIGP-CPP uniquely connects your learning and career aspirations. It's the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders in the public sector and is refreshed by ongoing research which keeps the certification relevant to what the market needs. 

    FREE NIGP-CPP Webinars
    Learn how this future-focused certification can move your career forward. 

    Webinar: NIGP Certified Procurement Professional - Connecting Certification to Your Learning and Career Aspirations

    FEBRUARY 8 | MARCH 1 | 2PM - 3:30PM (ET)

    May testing window now open, register and pay today.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    NIGP Chapter Website Solution Growing
    More Launches Coming Soon

    The NIGP Chapter Website Solution offers an effective way to manage and communicate with your chapter members. We're pleased to announce the launch of these Chapter Websites: .

    • Copper Chapter
    • Dallas Fort Worth Chapter
    • El Paso Chapter
    • Illinois Association of Public Procurement Officials (IAPPO)
    • Missouri Association of Public Purchasing
    • Northern California Chapter
    • Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association
    • Southeast Louisiana Chapter (SELA)
    • Tampa Bay Area Chapter
    • Tennessee Association of Public Purchasing (TAPP)
    • Washington State Chapter

    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Member Directory - a valuable resource to connect and consult with like-minded procurement professionals from across the country and Canada.

    Search the 16,000+ member directory by organization type, geographic location and so
    much more.

    There's no better time to build strong meaningful connections that can have a positive impact in our lives today and into the future. 

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Repudiation1. Rejection on the grounds of being unauthorized or having no binding force. 2. Disputing the validity of a contract and refusing to honor its terms.

    From our NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A  comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    READ MORE

  • JANUARY 25, 2023

    Forum 2023 Call for PresentationsCALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
    Submit by February 17

    Do you have a topic you're passionate about and want to share with your peers? Well, now's your chance.

    We're looking for a range of topics and session levels from Fundamental to Advanced within these preliminary content themes:

    Cornerstones of Public Procurement - overarching discussions focused on the core components of public procurement 

    Leadership - sessions focused on the skills needed to tackle everyday leadership challenges

    NIGP Forum 2023
    In-Person August 20 - 23 | Virtual August 21 - 23

    LEARN MORE


    Kisha Dixon

    PRESENTER SPOTLIGHT

    Kisha Dixon
    Award-Winning Learning Consultant and Diversity Practitioner

    As a training leader, public speaker, and culture change agent, Kisha has over 20 years of experience designing and facilitating behavior-based sales, coaching, and leadership solutions.

    Her refreshingly unique approach recognizes that identifying the specific rhythms in an organization’s culture is the key to creating visible, empowering leadership and culture change.

    Critical Thinking: Essential Skills Learning Lab
    Join Kisha on February 14 from 2-4PM as she presents this dynamic session. Discover why thinking critically can help solve problems in work and life.

    LEARN MORE


    Celebrate_2_2370912.jpgCELEBRATIONS

    Welcome New NIGP Members
    We look forward to serving you

    Agency

    Ontario International Airport Authority
    El Camino Community College District, CA
    Greene County Highway Department, NY
    Oklahoma Arts Council
    Clark Public Utilities, WA
    County of Solano, CA

    Contracted Procurement Professionals

    Crosby Grindle - Bend, OR
    Missy Mudry - Gilbert, AZ
    Maureen Salman - North Tonawanda, NY

    Individuals

    Lola Allsup - Chino Valley, AZ
    Rodney Brown - Tampa, FL
    Lynette Calkins - Baltimore, MD
    Patti Caluette - Colorado Springs, CO
    Jocelyn Cartwright, CPPB - Kamloops, BC
    Melanie Dijkstra - Salt Lake City, UT
    Anthony Ferguson - Harker Heights, TX
    Michelle Foden, NIGP-CPP, CPPB - Edmonton, AB
    Geeta Gillespie, SCMP - Castlegar. BC
    Grant Herdrich - Taylorsville, UT
    David Holmes - Sant Albans, NY
    Carla Hommel, CPPB, Baytown, TX
    Dana Kohl - Jefferson City, MO
    Naomi Lawrence-Lee - Fresno, TX
    Gwendolyn Martin, CPPB - Oklahoma City, OK
    Amber Miller - Gonzales, LA
    Christian Noel - Pembroke Park, FL
    Sally Ragsdale - Henrico, VA
    Madelynn Ries - Salt Lake City, UT
    Leili Samuelson - Cibolo, TX
    Tiffany Sloane, CTCM, CTCD - Austin, TX    
    Noel Vivaldi - South Riding, VA
    Amber Willis - Jefferson City, MO


    NIGP-CPP

    NIGP-CPP Scores "World Class"

    We're thrilled to report that, according to ratings from our NIGP-CPP testers, the NIGP Certified Procurement Professional program earned "World Class" Net Promoter Scores throughout 2022. The Net Promoter Score® (NPS) is the gold standard of customer experience metrics worldwide and measures both customer perception and how likely a client would recommend a product or program to their colleagues or peers.

    Following best practices, a candidate satisfaction survey is sent to every NIGP-CPP tester after each testing window ends. One of the survey questions we ask is “How likely are you to recommend the NIGP-CPP certification to your peers or colleagues?” These responses are the basis for the Net Promoter Scores for the NIGP-CPP.  For a two-year-old certification program, this is very high praise from our NIGP-CPP candidates!

    Managing and administering a recognized and respected certification program is very important as we continue to grow and strengthen the NIGP-CPP certification for mid to executive level leaders in the procurement field. We thank everyone who helped make this certification program a success! We are grateful for the NIGP Certification Commission, the Institute, the NIGP-CPP volunteers and subject matter experts, our nearly 1,000 NIGP-CPP recipients, our NIGP-CPP candidates, and the agencies and organizations supporting the NIGP-CPP certification. Together we're elevating the procurement profession through this coveted certification.


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    Whether it's a Reverse Trade Show, or seasonal conference, Chapters are engaging with procurement professionals and suppliers within their own communities. 

    Rocky Mt. Gov'tl. Purchasing Assoc. (RMGPA)
    Spring Conference
    FEBRUARY 23 | Denver, CO

    NC Association of Governmental Purchasing
    Spring Conference
    MARCH 6-9 | Wilmington, NC

    VA Assoc. of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP)
    Spring Conference and Business Showcase
    MARCH 12-15 | Norfolk, VA

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Research Report - NEW 2022 Public Procurement Compensation & Retention Benchmark Study

    The study provides comparative compensation information to help industry leaders classify public procurement positions and determine appropriate salary ranges.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Purchasing Power Parity (PPP)A metric that compares the equivalent purchasing power of various countries' currencies with one another.

    From our 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A  comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE


    RADIO NIGP

    January 2023: Onboarding Employees

    Radio NIGP shares tips that can help with Onboarding New Employees including;

    • Techniques for in person and the virtual world (along with a cautionary tale of remote working gone wrong)
    • Coaching tips including using a checklist
    • Being the “new kid on the block”
    • Onboarding your new Chapter Officers

    Other features:

    Moments with NIGP -  Todd Slater provides important details about the Forum 2023 Call for Presentations.
    Procurement Pioneers – Interview with Albert H. Hall Award and  Distinguished Service Award recipient Dr. Stephen B. Gordon.

    VIEW RADIO NIGP

  • JANUARY 18, 2023

    Leadership Summit 2023LEADING FOR IMPACT
    It's Not Too Late To Register

    There's still time to register for Leading for Impact, our program designed for our more experienced leaders where you will dive deeply into the most crucial topics impacting your role and entity.

    • Leading strategically and driving for results
    • Leading in times of change
    • Identifying and building talent


    Plus, we have two of the most sought after professionals in this space, Francis Jay Caputo, CMC and Ralph Campbell, CMC bringing decades of experience across industries and organization types to this program.

    Leading For Impact

    In-Person Program | February 2 - 5
    St. Louis, MO
    16.5 Contact Hours

    TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SPECIAL SAVINGS ON GROUP REGISTRATION

    REGISTER TODAY


    Cindy_NortonB_2416191.jpgMEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Meet the New Chapter Ambassador for Area 5 
    Cindy Norton, CPPB
    Deputy Dir. of Purchasing and Contract Admin. 
    Santa Rosa County School Board, FL

    Cindy has proudly served the Santa Rosa County School District for over 31 years. She began working in public procurement in January 2000 and was awarded the District's School Related Employee of the Year in 2007.

    Cindy is a member of the Central Gulf Coast Chapter of NIGP (CGCC) where she's held numerous positions that include: President (5 years), Vice President, Board Member, Bylaw, Fundraising, Awards & Nominating, and Membership Committees.  In 2021, she was awarded the Manager of the Year. 


    Celebrate_2_2370912.jpgCELEBRATIONS

    NIGP Member Orientation Webinar
    344 Registrants and Counting 

    Attend this FREE Webinar and gain a better understanding of all the NIGP member benefits that are available to you. 

    Get the most out of your membership and take advantage of the professional development opportunities that have been designed specifically for you. Whether you're new to the profession or an experienced leader, there's always something to learn.

    NIGP's Member Council and staff will share what's available to you now and what you can expect in the coming year. 

    REGISTER TODAY


    NIGP-CPP

    Great news. Certification pays.

    According to the 2022 Public Procurement Compensation & Retention Benchmark Survey, certification status can increase earning potential.

    For example, certified purchasing managers earn approximately $86,000, while those without certification earn approximately $75,000. 

    59% of individual respondents reported that they hold procurement-specific certifications. Managers and directors are more likely to be certified than others. Approximately 74%-78% of director respondents said they hold certifications.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapter reporting forms due January 31

    Chapter Leadership

    List current Chapter Leaders. NIGP policy requires that the Chapter President, Vice President, and either the Secretary or Treasurer hold an NIGP individual or agency membership.

    Leadership Reporting Form

    Chapter Member Data
    This form reports the total number of chapter members for year 2023 by dual members, chapter-only members, student and retired members.
    Chapter Member Data Form (for a list of NIGP members in your state, complete the form and email jsteffan@nigp.org.)


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP's Global Best Practices provide guidance on procurement processes, procedures and important topics to ensure you're equipped with the information you need to succeed. Recent Global Best Practices include: 

    • Establishing an Effective Supplier Diversity Program 
    • Procurement’s Role in the Use of Non-Emergency Federal Funds 
    • Achieving an Optimal pCard  Program
       

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Horizontal Integration - The merger of organizations or functions that are operating in the same industry and at similar levels.

    From our 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A  comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE

  • JANUARY 11, 2023

    Leadership Summit 2023

    LEADING FOR IMPACT

    Invest in Yourself & Your Entity 

    Join us in St. Louis and invest in your professional development. Meet with leaders from all areas of procurement who are likely experiencing the same challenges that you and your entity are facing. Leading for Impact is specifically designed to help our more senior practitioners meet these challenges as you discuss and learn from and with each other. 

    Leading For Impact

    In-Person Program | February 2 - 5
    St. Louis, MO
    16.5 Contact Hours

    TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SPECIAL SAVINGS ON GROUP REGISTRATION

    Learn more


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Mohamad Alkadry, Ph.D.
    Professor and Public Policy Department Head
    University of Connecticut

    In 2022, NIGP asked its members to report current salary data about key procurement positions for its biennial Public Procurement Compensation & Retention Benchmark Study. First published in 2003, the study provides comparative compensation information to help industry leaders classify public procurement positions and determine appropriate salary ranges. On February 15 from 2PM – 3:30PM Mohamad Alkadry, PhD, director of the University of Connecticut School of Public Policy and author of the study, will report his findings and their implications during a free webinar entitled: Compensation & Personnel Trends in Public Procurement.

    In addition to collecting salary data about 17 key procurement positions, the survey of 2,500 public procurement professionals provides breakdowns for key variables that may affect how much an individual earns, including entity type, education, and certifications. Dr. Alkadry will highlight the study’s main findings, including the sustained increase in procurement salaries (a cumulative rise of 19% to 78% during the past 20 years), the outsized effect of gender on salary amount (women earn 12% less than their male counterparts), and the alarming rate of retirement among industry leaders (nearly 10% of directors say they plan to retire within the next year).

    Dr. Alkadry says that NIGP’s compensation study allows managers to set pay scales that are competitive and yield successful searches, and it enables employees to determine whether they are paid fairly for their work. He adds that the study’s retention data “provides the entire public procurement profession a heads-up on availability of labor in the market and the likely competition that exists.”

    “Salaries are rising,” says Dr. Alkadry, “but they are not rising as rapidly as salaries have risen in the private industry, which leaves the public procurement workforce too vulnerable to being poached from the private sector.”

    Dr. Alkadry is also a member of the NIGP Certification Commission.


    CELEBRATIONS

    NIGP Chapter Website Solution Growing
    More Chapter Sites Launching Soon 

    The NIGP Chapter Website Solution offers an effective way to manage and communicate with your chapter members. 

    We're pleased to announce that we've successfully launched a total of 10 Chapter Websites. The newest websites include:

    • Dallas Fort Worth Chapter
    • Tampa Bay Area Chapter
    • Northern California Chapter


    The Washington State Chapter’s new site is scheduled to launch by February 1. 


    NIGP-CPP

    Registration and Payment for May 2023 Testing Is Open

    The NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP) is the only certification managed and administered by NIGP.

    Have you heard?

    More and more employers are seeing NIGP-CPP as a marker of accomplishment. NIGP-CPP certification is included in the U.S. Department of Labor Credentials Center.

    LEARN MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Welcome 7 New Chapter Ambassadors

    Area 3 
    Amanda Greer
    , NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Amy Monroe, CPPB

    Area 5 
    Tara Camp
    , NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Cindy Norton, CPPB

    Area 7 
    Alena Croy
    , CPFO, CPPO, CPO, CPPB, MBA
    Jed Greenfield, CPA, CTCD, CTCM

    Area 9 
    Whitney Mugford-Smith, NIGP-CPP, CPPB


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Research Report - NEW 2022 Public Procurement Compensation & Retention Benchmark Study

    The study provides comparative compensation information to help industry leaders classify public procurement positions and determine appropriate salary ranges.

    READ MORE

    FREE Webinar: Compensation & Personnel Trends in Public Procurement
    February 15 | 2PM - 3:30PM 
    Dr. Alkadry, author of the study, shares his findings and what they mean to you and your future.
    REGISTER TODAY


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) A quasi-judicial body, with the powers of a superior court, in Canada’s trade remedy system with authority to conduct inquiries into complaints by potential suppliers concerning procurement by the federal government that is covered by International Trade Agreements.

    The Tribunal also deals with challenges on Canadian government contracts arising under an international agreement.

    From NIGP's Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    LEARN MORE


    DID YOU KNOW?

    Key Takeaways and Insights from our Cybersecurity Headliner 

    Cyberattacks against local and state governments continue to rise, as criminals often see them as easy targets willing to pay ransom for stolen data.

    Nathan Dawson, one of the presenters, suggested that entities continually monitor the location, nature, accessibility, and storage of their data to prevent against unnecessary risks: “Ask yourself: What data do we have? How sensitive is it? Where is it being stored? Is it replicated in multiple locations? Who has access to it? Do you regularly delete old data?”

    READ MORE

  • JANUARY 4, 2023

    NEW YEAR SPECIAL
    LEADING FOR IMPACT

    Group Registration Savings

    Make leadership development a top priority for you and your entity in 2023. Join us in St. Louis and take advantage of special group registration savings for Leading for Impact:

    1st Member pays $800 for registration
    2nd Member pays $700 for registration 
    ($100 Savings)
    3rd+ Members pay $600 for registration 
    ($200 Savings)

    Leading For Impact

    In-Person Program | February 2 - 5
    St. Louis, MO
    16.5 Contact Hours

    Leadership is not a destination but a journey, and continual learning plays a crucial role in your development and growth as a procurement professional. 

    LEARN MORE


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Alisa DeHoyos, NIGP-CPP
    Purchasing Manager,  City of Burbank, CA

    As a recent NIGP-CPP recipient, here's what Alisa had to say.

    “Thanks to NIGP for giving validation to those of us public procurement professionals who did not follow a traditional path to this career, but nevertheless, have successfully achieved a professional career in public procurement.

    After a twenty-year career in procurement in the public and private sector, on both the selling and buying sides, it was enjoyable to move through the Public Procurement Associate and NIGP-CPP prep training.

    This pathway not only re-affirmed my knowledge on the subject of public procurement, but enabled me to gain a credential which acknowledges my experience and knowledge on good public procurement practices.  I’m recommending this program to all of my employees who wish to engage in a successful public procurement career.”


    CELEBRATIONS

    Happy New Year! 
    Attend More FREE Webinars 

    Our webinars, always free to members, provide more content (and more contact hours) for your professional development. 

    Upcoming January Webinars: 

    Using a Functionality Matrix for Technology Procurement | JANUARY 18

    NIGP Member Orientation | JANUARY 23

    Increase Your Influence and Enhance Your Leadership | JANUARY 24

    RFP Learning Lab Series Preview | JANUARY 25

    READ MORE


    NIGP-CPP

    Why not pursue NIGP-CPP certification in 2023? 

    The NIGP-CPP certification program can accelerate your career growth and success. 

    Here are some basic facts about NIGP-CPP certification:

    • Specifically targets mid to executive level public procurement leaders
    • Based on competency vs. years of experience
    • Offers flexibility and choice
    • Integrates with NIGP Pathways curriculum
    • Sets a new industry standard that's future-focused and committed to elevating the profession
       

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapter reporting forms due January 31

    Chapter Leadership

    List current Chapter Leaders. NIGP policy requires that the Chapter President, Vice President, and either the Secretary or Treasurer hold an NIGP individual or agency membership.

    Leadership Reporting Form

    Chapter Member Data
    This form reports the total number of chapter members for year 2023 by dual members, chapter-only members, student and retired members.
    Chapter Member Data Form (for a list of NIGP members in your state, complete the form and email jsteffan@nigp.org.)


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Job Board - Career Opportunities For You

    Whether you're looking for a job or recruiting for your entity, you can benefit from the NIGP Job Board. It's your best resource for career opportunities exclusively for public  procurement professionals.

    All NIGP members can search for or post open roles on the NIGP electronic job board. Postings are free to member agencies and are valid for 45 days.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Replenishment Inventory Control System A system that relies on estimated usage rates and lead time to schedule orders for delivery to maintain supply chain efficiency and avoid stock outages.

    From NIGP's Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A  comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries. A great reference resource for every public procurement professional.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format.

    READ MORE

2022

  • DECEMBER 21, 2022

    LEADING FOR IMPACT

    The Right Skillset To Move Forward

    This program was created to address a need from our more experienced leaders in the community. As you grow within the profession, more responsibilities are placed on your shoulders, and frankly more is expected.

    The skills that may have gotten you to this level are not necessarily the skills that will help you succeed moving forward. Critical skills at this stage require more strategic thinking, influencing cross-functional stakeholders, and inspiring teams and organizations to drive for results.  

    Listen to this Leading for Impact Webinar which highlights what you can expect from this new program.

    In-Person Program | February 2 - 5
    St. Louis, MO
    16 Contact Hours
    $800 Members | $1,000 Non-Members

    LEARN MORE


    LEADING FOR IMPACT PRESENTER

    Francis Jay Caputo, CMC
    Co-Founder and Lead Trainer for 4D Associates International 

    Francis Jay Caputo is the Co-Founder and Lead Trainer for 4D Associates International. Jay is a CCA 4D Certified Master Coach, a Certified Radical Honesty Trainer and the creator of the Transformative Coaching Certification Program (TCCP™), internationally accredited by the Certified Coaches Alliance (CCA).  

    As an educator, trainer, coach, speaker and writer for almost 3 decades, Jay has worked with thousands of students and clients throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia designing and delivering professional development programs and curriculums. His clientele encompasses a wide range of Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies and NGO’s including Xerox, BCG, Prudential, Lockheed Martin, Reyes Holdings, American Express, USDA, Enhesa, Kimberly Clark, CDK Global, Teledyne FLIR, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corp, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, USAID and the International Rescue Committee as well as many chambers of commerce, small businesses and licensed professionals from multiple disciplines.  

    Jay has an extensive background in human and group development including two bachelors degrees and a Masters of Science degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. He is a former Certified District Court Mediator in the Washington D.C. region and has spent several years training in the Japanese martial art of Aikido.  

    Jay follows an interdisciplinary approach in working with people by utilizing key distinctions, methodologies and frameworks from the fields of psychology, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, history, communication and neuroscience. His work holistically integrates the emotional, intellectual, physical, creative and spiritual aspects of development regardless of the personal, professional or social context. His relationships with his clients are grounded in honesty and integrity with a clear purpose and plan to create specific goals by accessing and demonstrating skills and competencies consistent with ethically sustained leadership.  

    Jay has served on the boards of multiple philanthropic and non-profit organizations and is currently the Co-President on the Board of Advisors for Education Rocks, an international non-profit committed to ending global poverty through youth leadership education. In November, 2019 Jay delivered a TEDx Talk entitled Partnership and the Value of Interpersonal Conflict in which he introduced a personal and professional relationship building model that is the topic of his upcoming book.  

    Jay resides in Lake Worth, Florida with his wife and daughter and their pets. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.
    Radio NIGP Presents "My Favorite Clause"

    As public procurement officials, it’s important to understand not only the meaning and the purpose behind the clauses but also how to use them properly in our documents.

    The staff of Radio NIGP has come up with a list of their favorite clauses and explores the meaning, purpose, and the benefits of the proper application of each. Here are some favorites: 

    • Confidential Information
    • Conflict of Interest
    • Equitable Adjustment Provision / Escalation
    • Livable Wage
       

    READ MORE


    NIGP-CPP

    Take The Next Step in Your Career and Pursue the NIGP-CPP Certification

    The NIGP-CPP elevates your position among colleagues as well as can open the door for new job opportunities. Especially, in today's workforce where talent recruitment and development as well as succession planning have never been more important.

    Browse through the NIGP-CPP Certification Handbook to learn more about this future-focused public procurement certification

    LEARN MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapter Reporting Forms Due January 31

    Chapter Leadership

    List current Chapter Leaders. NIGP policy requires that the Chapter President, Vice President, and either the Secretary or Treasurer hold an NIGP individual or agency membership.

    Leadership Reporting Form

    Chapter Member Data
    This form reports the total number of chapter members for year 2023 by dual members, chapter-only members, student and retired members.
    Chapter Member Data Form (For a list of NIGP members in your state, complete the form and email jsteffan@nigp.org.)


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Mentorship Program -  Shaping Your Future 

    This program pairs public procurement professionals with more experienced NIGP members who can provide guidance on professional development opportunities and offer other career-related advice. 

    This cohort uses NIGP's new online mentoring software for quick and easy matching. If you're interested in participating in this program, email mentorship@nigp.org.

    LEARN MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Optimized Production Technology - A proprietary computerized system that optimizes scheduling and reduces production and process bottlenecks.

    From our 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A  comprehensive and timely reference with over
    2,300 entries. A great reference resource for every public procurement professional.

    Order a copy today in digital or print format. 

    LEARN MORE

  • DECEMBER 14, 2022

    LEADING FOR IMPACT
    Great Leaders Need The Right Mindset

    To be a great leader, you need the right mindset and competencies to build an effective procurement team than can drive results. Leading for Impact is designed for experienced procurement leaders and focuses on finding solutions to today's pressing challenges such as leading strategically and driving results, leading in times of change and building talent.

    The only constant in life is change, to lead for impact, leaders must understand how to be responsive and do it well. Here's a recording of the Leading for Impact Webinar which highlights what you can expect at this groundbreaking leadership event.

    In-Person Program | February 2 - 5
    St. Louis, MO
    16 Contact Hours
    $800 Members | $1,000 Non-Members

    LEARN MORE


    NIGP-CPP RECIPIENT

    Feleasha Sherfy, NIGP-CPP, CPPB, VCA
    Senior Sourcing Specialist, Supply Chain Svcs.
    William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

    “I am so excited to have received this great honor!! I could not have done it without being humbly awarded the Workforce Pathways Scholarship. The Workforce Pathways journey I chose leading up to the NIGP-CPP certification was incredible. I have since implemented what I learned into my everyday life and I am enriched by it.  I have leaned on NIGP as my backbone in my educational journey and I am eternally grateful. Thank you for all you do!” – Feleasha Sherfy, NIGP-CPP, CPPB, VCA

    Fun fact: I met Rick Grimm and in conversation, he asked “Well Feleasha, when do you think you’re going to get your NIGP-CPP?” and I without hesitation, responded, “I will have the NIGP-CPP within a year, maybe a year and a half”. Here I am. 😊

    Thank you for all you do!


    CELEBRATIONS

    NIGP-CPP November Testing Results Are In
    Congratulations to Our New NIGP-Certified Procurement Professionals (including Feleasha)

    We are pleased to recognize these professionals who have successfully attained the competency-based qualifications set forth by the NIGP Certification Commission for public procurement leaders and have earned our prestigious NIGP Certified Procurement Professional certification (NIGP-CPP).  

    NIGP-CPP targets current and aspiring leaders in the public procurement profession.  

    READ COMPLETE LIST


    NIGP-CPP

    You Did It. 997 NIGP-CPPs in Just 2 1/2 Years

    This affirms the value and future-focus of NIGP-CPP. 

    • NIGP-CPP influences, motivates, innovates, and inspires confidence to action.
    • NIGP-CPP is uniquely connected with the NIGP Pathways for holistic learning and credentialing 
    • NIGP-CPP is refreshed by ongoing research which keeps the certification relevant 
    • NIGP-CPP exam assesses the abilities that a successful procurement leader must have on the job.
       

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    What's Happening At The Utah Chapter of NIGP

    Brooke Smith, City Recorder at Murray City gave her end-of-term report serving as President of the Utah Chapter of NIGP.  During the meeting, several certificates and awards were presented including the new Ducks-in-a-Row award given to Tonya Hodges, Sr. Buyer for Jordan Public School District in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Brooke shares, "We have some amazing procurement profesionals here in the State of Utah and good things are happening!"

    Hamer Reiser, Senior Buyer, University of Utah takes over as Utah Chapter President in 2023. 


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    White Paper Developed by NIGP Business Council - "That was Then, This is Now, Why Suppliers are Still Choosing to 'No Bid'.

    Nearly a decade after the NIGP Business Council created its first white paper, “We ‘No Bid,’ and I’ll Tell You Why", suppliers are still choosing to "No Bid".  

    Find out why with this FREE White Paper. 

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Knocked Down (KD) - The requirement for a good to be shipped unassembled for the purpose of reducing storage space and transportation costs.

    From our 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A comprehensive and timely reference with over
    2,300 entries. 

    VIEW DICTIONARY


    YOUR HELP IS NEEDED

    Quick Survey on Cooperative Purchasing - In this 3-5 minute survey, we want to better understand how procurement professionals use cooperative purchasing in the procurement process.

    TAKE SURVEY

  • DECEMBER 7, 2022

    LEADING FOR IMPACT
    Maximize Your Potential for a New Era

    Public procurement entities are struggling to find new leaders with the skills and competencies to fill the gap left by retirements, resignations, and transfers.

    Attend Leading for Impact and find out why this is the best time to gain the skills that will push your career forward. Prepare for the challenges ahead, become equipped with the tools and competencies to make a meaningful difference in your role and organization, make new friends.

    Key Focal Areas:

    1. Leading strategically and driving results

    2. Leading in times of change

    3. Identifying and building talent

    In-Person Program | February 2 - 5
    St. Louis, MO
    16 Contact Hours
    $800 Members | $1,000 Non-Members

    LEARN MORE


    LEADING FOR IMPACT PRESENTER

    Ralph Campbell, CMC 
    President, Learning Optimized 

    Ralph Campbell is a passionate leader, teacher and coach. He has decades of experience in ontological leadership and performance-based consulting, as well as dignity awareness training and youth mentoring. He believes anyone can develop effective leader skills in all areas of their lives that matter most to them. He has dedicated extensive research and training to the areas of performance enhancement and high- impact team building.  

    Prior to creating Learning Optimized and his dream career, Ralph built a successful 25- year business career that included serving as CEO of one of South Florida’s largest insurance agencies and co-founding two leadership training and development companies, Summit Education and Universal Dynamics.  

    Ralph’s genuine dedication to helping others is rooted in his lifelong commitment to giving back to his community. He has supported and served on the boards of numerous charities, including Camelot Community Care, United Way of Broward County, Nova Southeastern University, Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, Leadership Broward Foundation, Women in Distress, the National Conference for Community and Justice and ChildNet. He has been recognized as one of the “Most Powerful African Americans” in South Florida. He also was honored by the Sun Sentinel as a Community Hero and by the Broward County Public School System.  

    A graduate of the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business Leadership Program, “Building a High-Performance Business,” Leadership Broward XXII and Leadership Florida XXVII, Ralph earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Morehouse College. He begins his journey toward a master’s degree and Ph.D in the Fall of 2022.  

    Ralph’s exceptional ability to help others grow is rooted in his upbringing in Key West, Florida, where he learned from and was supported by his three older sisters, all of whom have excelled academically and professionally. All three hold either a Ph.D. or Juris Doctorate and are professors at prestigious universities.  
    He is the proud father of twin sons and lives in Coral Springs, Florida. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    Striving for Excellence in Procurement
    The Accreditation for Quality Public Procurement Departments (QPPD)

    QPPD Accreditation communicates the value of your procurement department to internal and external stakeholders. Congratulations to these NIGP QPPD Recipients:
    Broward County Sheriff's Office, FL
    Charlotte County Public Schools, FL
    Cherokee County Board of Commissioners, GA
    Chesterfield County, VA
    City and County of Honolulu, HI
    City of Coconut Creek, FL

    READ COMPLETE LIST


    NIGP-CPP

    NIGP-CPP specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders.

    The NIGP-CPP Certification Handbook is your essential and principal source of information for the NIGP-CPP program. It contains everything you need to evaluate the program and complete the certification requirements such as:

    • Eligibility requirements
    • Content outline for the exams
    • Testing policies, identification requirements, 
    • Information about the retest and transfer fees
    • Recertification requirements
       

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Future Procurement Leaders
    Incorporating Students into Your Chapter

    Students are the future of procurement, successful NIGP chapters take the time to incorporate students into their chapters.

    The first step to incorporating a student membership category within your chapter is to set up the criteria for defining a student membership and its eligibility requirements. 

    NIGP encourages a non-fee based student category and promotion of a dual membership at both the national and chapter levels.

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Webinars provide valuable learning on hot topics in procurement, helping you stay informed.  And, they've just got even better with 60% more content which means more contact hours to meet your professional learning goals.

    Plus, they're geared to learners at all levels and complement other NIGP learning resources.

    LEARN MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Replenishment Inventory Control System - A system that relies on estimated usage rates and lead time to schedule orders for delivery to maintain supply chain efficiency and avoid stock outages.

    From our 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries.

    LEARN MORE


    YOUR HELP IS NEEDED

    Quick Survey on Cooperative Purchasing - In this 3-5 minute survey, we want to better understand how procurement professionals use cooperative purchasing in the procurement process.

    TAKE SURVEY

  • NOVEMBER 30, 2022

    LEADING FOR IMPACT

    Addresses Critical Leadership Challenges Facing Our Profession

    The need for leadership development has never been more urgent with public procurement entities desperate to find new leaders who have the skills and competencies to fill the gap left by retiring workers. Leading for Impact provides you the strategies and plans to effectively meet this challenge head-on. 

    KEY TOPICS

    1. Leading strategically and driving results

    2. Leading in times of change

    3. Identifying and building talent

    In-Person Program | February 2 - 5
    St. Louis, MO
    16 Contact Hours
    $800 Members | $1,000 Non-Members

    LEARN MORE


    CYBERSECURITY PRESENTER

    Maria Thompson
    State and Local Executive Government Advisor
    Cybersecurity for Amazon Web Services (AWS) 

    Ms. Thompson has over 20 years of experience in information technology, strategic planning, computer network defense and risk management.

    Prior to her role with AWS, Maria served as North Carolina’s first State Chief Risk and Security Officer.  There she was instrumental in establishing the Whole of State Approach to Cyber.  This included the development and implementation of the state’s first Cyber Disruption Plan, and the Joint Cyber Task Force (JCTF).

    Maria also served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps and retired as the cybersecurity chief/information assurance chief for the Marine Corps. Other security roles held includes certification and accreditation (C&A) lead for the Multi-National Forces – Iraq and senior security engineer in a joint military organization and Security Operations Center lead for a federal agency.   

    Ms. Thompson along with Nathan Dawson and Stephanie Akerley present the Cybersecurity Headliner Session on December 13.


    CELEBRATIONS

    Special Thanks to Ed Pabor, CPPO, CDT, C.P.M.
    Retiring as a Master Instructor
    for NIGP

    The Institute is grateful for Ed's 15 years of service as a Master Instructor for NIGP. During that time, he taught about 93 classes to over 1000 students.

    Ed’s Heartfelt Retirement Letter

    NIGP Team,

    This letter is 3 years in the making.  And it isn’t easy.  I have been a NIGP Mater Instructor for about 15 years.  I have taught about 93 classes to over 1000 students.  In 2004, I already had my C.P.M. certification, and I received my CPPO certification in Biloxi Mississippi.  Carol Hodes came up to me and said “that is a lot of letters in back of your name.  Did you ever think about being an instructor”.  I told her I couldn’t do that because I was too shy and too stupid.  That was 93 classes ago.  I can’t tell you how many times I woke up at 4:00am and go to the airport and fly across the country.  But I am pretty sure this current contract may be my last.  I don’t know how I ever got the best mentors a person could have; the very best and sharpest in the country.  Rob Rickerd, Darin Mathews, Bill Hertwig, and especially Barb Johnson, my NIGP mom.  She was the one who inspired me to be my best, and showed me how to do it.  She was the smartest and the best, I will not forget her.

    I want to thank my NIGP team mates, and my friends and colleagues Richard Pennington, Joe Tommie, Jon Walton, David Nash, Cheryl Olson and Tony Reed.  Special gratitude to Marlena Bludzien.  She is the brightest apple on the tree, and she showed tremendous patience making me into a ZOOM instructor.  Plus, she is a genuinely good person; thank you Marlena.  But mostly I want to thank my over 1000 students.  Many of them have kept in contact with me over the years.  It was very gratifying to me when they would shake my hand and tell me I helped change their career.  After 2016 I thought I would be able to achieve the distinction of teaching 100 classes.  COVID tempered that goal.  But I still have the month of December, and late January thru June to get that 100 classes.  I have ZOOM classes scheduled for March and April.  That leaves plenty of time for you to assign me 5 more face to face classes.  That is what I do best, is an old-fashioned face-to-face class.  If you assign me a face-to-face class at Forum in August 2023, I will strongly consider another contract.

    Being a NIGP Master Instructor has been the most rewarding and gratifying part of my professional procurement career.

    My name will be on NIGP curriculum for quite a while.  Thanks for the ride.

    Best Regards

    Edward J. Pabor  CPPO, CDT, C.P.M.
    NIGP Master Instructor


    NIGP-CPP

    NIGP-CPP Uniquely Connects Your Learning and Career Aspirations

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders.

    Here are some basic facts about NIGP-CPP Certification:

    • Based on Competency vs. Years of Experience
    • Offers Flexibility and Choice
    • Integrates with NIGP Pathways Curriculum
    • Sets a new industry standard that's future-focused and committed to elevating the profession.
       

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    2022 Local Chapter Award Recipients|
    Recognize Excellence in Your Chapter

    Central Gulf Coast Chapter
    David Romero - Buyer of the Year
    Cindy Norton - Manager of the Year

    Central Ohio Organization of Public Purchasers
    Beverly Yount - Buyer of the Year
    Donna Davies - Volunteer of the Year

    Copper Chapter
    Teresa Chapman - Buyer of the Year
    Terryl Robinson - Manager of the Year

    Columbia Chapter
    Stacey Thompson - Buyer of the Year
    Diane Seaton - Manager of the Year

    READ MORE 


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP's Global Best Practices provide guidance on procurement processes, procedures and important topics to ensure you're equipped with the information you need to succeed. Recently published Global Best Practices include: 

    • Establishing an Effective Supplier Diversity Program 
    • Procurement’s Role in the Use of Non-Emergency Federal Funds 
    • Achieving an Optimal pCard  Program
       

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) - A multi-year plan that forecasts spending for anticipated capital projects and equipment purchases. Also called Capital Improvement Program.

    From our 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A comprehensive and timely reference with over
    2,300 entries of the most common industry terms
    and definitions. An essential resource for everyone in the profession. 

    LEARN MORE


    YOUR HELP IS NEEDED

    Quick Survey on Cooperative Purchasing -In this 3-5 minute survey, we want to better understand how procurement professionals use cooperative purchasing in the procurement process.

    TAKE SURVEY

     

  • NOVEMBER 23, 2022

    RADIO NIGP 

    Welcome to the November Broadcast

    Whether you’re new to procurement or a seasoned practitioner, we’ve got insightful tips and advice to guide your career forward.

    Highlights from this month's radio segment include:

    • Visionary Views
      An interview with Jody Jacoby who speaks about the importance of hiring the right staff, in the right roles.  How it is so important to empower staff, training them and connecting them with others in the profession to help them grow in their careers.
    • Tech Talk
      The Tech Talk team discuss the valuable resources that NIGP provides to those new to procurement or technology procurement. Sit back and take notes to improve your technology procurement skills. 
    • Legally Speaking
      The team discusses the importance of understanding enabling legislation as well as insights into the Model Procurement Code (MPC)
    • Chapter Updates
      NIGP website resources for those new to the profession and an interview with Fareshta Touhami and Ronni Levine about the new NIGP Chapter websites.
    • Way to Grow
      An interview with Mentee, Gina Klug to discuss NIGP's Mentorship Platform called “Together.”
    • Moments with NIGP 
      Anna Spindler, Vice President, Procurement, Western Governors University, discusses their application for the Agency Advancement Award and the 2022 receipt of the award.

     

    VIEW THE BROADCAST


    CEO Spotlight

    Rick Grimm, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FCIPS
    NIGP Chief Executive Officer

    On behalf of the Institute and the NIGP Board, I'd like to thank you for being part our amazing and talented community of procurement professionals.

    What you do every day and in every way, inspires all of us. It's truly been an honor to serve you for the past 25 years. Our mission to develop, support and promote the profession has never been stronger or more important.

    We embrace the opportunities and challenges that the future may hold with confidence and determination. Together we'll continue to elevate the public procurement profession and garner the recognition you so deserve.

    Happy Thanksgiving. 


    Celebrations

    Celebrating You and All You Do!
    Happy Thanksgiving

    We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy and joyous Thanksgiving.

    We are thankful for your tremendous public service and selfless willingness to always go above and beyond.

    Thank you to our 16,000+ individual members, 3,000+ state and local agencies, and 72+ Chapters in the US and Canada.

    NIGP is committed to your lifelong learning and creating an ever-evolving environment that provides relevant, innovative programs with unmatched value at the highest quality level.


    NIGP-CPP

    NEW NIGP-CPP Online Assessment Tools Just Got Even Better 

    Based on member feedback, we revised the interactive assessment tools.

    We increased the number of questions from 75 to 150 on each module's assessment. 

    Plus, the new practice accessements feature more scenario-based questions that were developed by NIGP-CPPs and a professional certification team.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    NIGP Chapters have been established for 50+ years

    Do you know when your local chapter was founded? 

    Here's a peek at Chapters dating back to the 2000s: 

    2000 - Delaware Public Purchasing Association
    2001 - Oklahoma Association of Public Procurement
    2002 - Northern California Chapter
    2002 - Sarasota Bay Chapter

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Document Library Get easy access to thousands of solicitations, RFPs, RFIs and much more, and save time and money for your entity.

    Members consistently rate the Document Library as one of our most valuable resources.  See how it can help you.

    VISIT THE LIBRARY


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Qualitative Measurement - Pertaining to or concerning quality aspects; tends to be more subjective in nature; decides suitability or effectiveness. 

    From our 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms.

    VISIT THE DICTIONARY

  • NOVEMBER 16, 2022

    Cybersecurity - December 13NIGP MEMBER COUNCIL
    Your Voice, Your Champion

    The Member Council (MC) is comprised of eleven public procurement officials who are elected by the NIGP membership at large.

    The Member Council represents you. They connect with you, listen to you and advocate for you. They champion your evolving needs and are on the pulse of evolving trends to ensure the Institute is providing the most current, relevant and meaningful benefits and structure for individual members, agency members and chapter members. 

    The Member Council (MC) is working on many exciting initiatives to not only refresh support to members and ensure a higher level of support to increase the value of your membership.

    In the next year, the MC will launch new programs to repackage services to increase the number of chapter ambassadors, create a chapter network support program and create a subject matter expert program. This refresh is intended to provide immediate and targeted support to chapters, individuals, and agencies to help perform their important roles and grow in the profession.   

    Register for NIGP’s Meeting of the Members Webinar on December 19th to learn more about what NIGP and the Member Council are doing to develop, support and promote members and the public procurement profession.

    REGISTER TODAY  


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Jody Jacoby, NIGP-CPPO
    Procurement Director
    Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, MN

    Jody is the Procurement Director for The Metropolitan Council, a regional policy-making body, planning agency, and provider of essential services for the Twin Cities metropolitan region. The Metropolitan Council was founded in 1967 and has an estimated 3,090 employees.

    Jody is currently the Chair of the Member Council and has served as a NIGP Chapter Ambassador from 2016-2020 and was Past , President, and Treasurer of the Minnesota Chapter of NIGP.

    In her free time Jody volunteers with Make-A-Wish Minnesota as a Wish Granter. She is also a 200hr certified yoga instructor in Baptiste Methodology. She teaches yoga in her home studio and community.

    Jody enjoys being outdoors and in nature running, biking, paddle boarding, playing pickle ball and boating.


    CELEBRATIONS

    Leaders Edge Class of 2023 Scholarship Recipients
    Congratulations

    Nichelina Almirol Robbins - Port of Portland, OR
    Michelle Bentley - Springfield R-12 School District, MO
    Diana Cantu - St. Vrain Valley School Dist., CO
    Ryan Chase - Community Transit, WA
    Melissa Chasteen - Richmond Public Schools, VA
    Sydnee Distance - Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, D.C.
    Jennifer Ditslear - County of Volusia, FL
    Amy Flack - Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, FL
    Michelle Kaczmarowski - Milwaukee Metro Sewerage District, WI
    Karen Krueger - University of Texas at San Antonio

    READ MORE


    NIGP-CPP

    1,500+ Approved NIGP-CPP Applications 

    Join your colleagues and earn this future-focused public procurement certification? 

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders in the public sector. 

    NIGP intentionally integrated the NIGP-CPP with other choices you have in learning and credentialing under the holistic Pathways banner. 

    Registration for February 2023 testing closes December 22.  

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    The NIGP Chapter Website Solution offers an effective way to manage and communicate with your chapter members. Best of all, it’s at no cost to chapters.

    We're pleased to announce the following chapter websites have been successfully launched: Copper, TAPP, IAPPO, El Paso, SE Louisiana, and Rocky Mountain. 

    Missouri MAPPA and Tampa Bay Chapter are scheduled to launch by the end of the year.


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    White Paper Developed by NIGP Business Council  "That was Then, This is Now, Why Suppliers are Still Choosing to 'No Bid'.

    Nearly a decade after the NIGP Business Council created its first white paper, “We ‘No Bid,’ and I’ll Tell You Why", suppliers are still choosing to "No Bid".  

    Find out why with this FREE White Paper. 


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Lot Tolerance Percent Defective (LTPD) - The percent of defective items that a customer is willing to accept.

    From our NEW 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries. 

    Order a copy today in digital or print format. 

    LEARN MORE

  • NOVEMBER 9, 2022

    WEBINAR | NOVEMBER 14

    Procurement's Role In The Use of Non-Emergency Federal Funds

    Before accepting federal grants, it's important that local entities thoroughly understand the procurement process and your role in it.

    Can you identify the parts of a grant that are relevant to procurement and how to incorporate them into your procurement plan?

    Do you know how to source the goods or services required in a solicitation in compliance with the Uniform Guidance? 

    These are just a few of the important questions, you'll get answers to during this must-attend Webinar. 

    REGISTER TODAY


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Amber Yates, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CPM
    Procurement Administrator
    Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority 

    Amber Yates is the Procurement Administrator at Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority (LRWRA) where she manages a dynamic group of procurement professionals.  She has worked in supply chain and procurement in both the public and private sector for over fourteen (14) years. She began her career working in the private sector for companies such as Snyder-Lance, Inc. where she was involved in manufacturing, production, and supply and PPG Industries where she managed warehouse and stock logistics across various international locations. She then transitioned to government procurement first at the Arkansas Office of State Procurement and then to her current role.

    Amber currently serves as President-Elect of the Arkansas Chapter of NIGP and is a member of the Content Management Committee for NIGP National. She has contributed procurement content to the Southwest Water Works Journal. Amber holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Centenary College of Louisiana and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she was the sole awardee of the MBA Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award. 

    Amber is also a presenter for the upcoming Webinar: Procurement's Role in the Use of Non-Emergency Federal Funds. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    Welcome New NIGP Members
    We look forward to serving you

    Agency 
    New Mexico Spaceport Authority 
    Oregon State Police, Office of State Fire Marshal Arizona State Department of Corrections Rehabilitation and Reentry 
    Charles R. Drew Charter School 
     
    Contracted Procurement Professionals
    Ashley Azor - Jamaica, NY 
    Kaela Densford - Colorado Springs,  CO 
    Linda Jackson Best - Naples, FL
     
    Individuals 
    Chris Almezan - Sacramento, CA
    Felicia Biggerstaff - Frankfort, KY 
    Nicola Chadwick Lea - Mount Albert, ON
    Tanya Duncan - Taos, NM
    Kelly Freel - Ames, IA

    COMPLETE LIST


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapters are engaging within their communities.  

    New Mexico Public Procurement Association
    Fall Conference | October 19 - 21, 2022

    NMPPA recently hosted their Annual Fall Conference  in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Attendance included 143 attendees and 21 suppliers from across the State of New Mexico.  

    The theme was “Rock On” and the attendees were “Rockstars”. The agenda included keynote speakers, a wide range of presentations, a successful vendor fair with ample time to network and also an evening event with a live band. Highlights from the conference included opening remarks from New Mexico Attorney General Hector.

    VIEW PHOTOS

    Does your Chapter have news to share? Email (cpatin@nigp.org). 


    NIGP-CPP

    Registration for Feb. 2023 testing is Now Open

    Why is NIGP-CPP Unique?
     
    The NIGP-CPP reflects a holistic view of what mid to executive level leaders do in the performance of their work.
     
    It not only includes procurement techniques (like planning, solicitation, contract administration) traditionally covered in other procurement certification programs, but also emphasizes three critical focus areas that lead to success regardless of your specific role: Strategy, Business Principles and Operations, and Leadership.
     
    The NIGP-CPP eligibility provides optional pathways for mid to executive level candidates who do not have a post-secondary diploma or a degree but have years of relevant work experience.

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    Nsite - your online community. Connect, communicate and collaborate with peers from across the country at all different stages in their careers.

    Choose from over 50 special interest communities created by you and for you. Share ideas, challenges and opportunities 24/7.

    Current discussions include: prepayment on equipment, RFP shortlisting language samples, and solicitation for potable water well to name a few. 

    LEARN MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Zero Based Budgeting - A budget process in which budgets are prepared with no predetermined allocation or prior year budget history. Each new budget must be created based on justifiable projected program needs.
    From our NEW 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. 

    Order a copy today in either digital or print format. 

    LEARN MORE

  • NOVEMBER 2

    CYBERSECURITY

    DECEMBER 13 | 1PM - 4PM (ET)

    As the cybersecurity landscape continues to grow, being prepared is crucial. 

    The cyber attacks themselves, which target both information and critical infrastructure are becoming far more sophisticated.

    Is your entity at risk of a breach? Do you have risk assessment measures in place? Are they relevant? 

    These are just a few of the important questions, you'll get answers to during this must-attend headliner session.

    READ MORE


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Nathan Dawson
    Director of Procurement
    Lexington County School District One, SC 

    Nathan is the Director of the Procurement Department for the sixth-largest School District in South Carolina. In this role he oversees the purchase of a wide variety of goods, services, and information technology to help empower the more than 27,000 students the District serves. Prior to joining Lexington One, Nathan worked for the SC Division of Procurement Services - the centralized procurement agency for the State of South Carolina. There he managed procurements on behalf of State Agencies whose value exceeded those Agencies’ certification levels.   

    Over the past five years Nathan has acquired extensive experience in IT procurement - both in purchasing software solutions and the accompanying hardware, and using his skills as a recovering attorney to analyze and negotiate contracts, licenses, and agreements to utilize those products and services.  

    In addition to being an active member of his local NIGP Chapter, Nathan is also proud to be an instructor for NIGP, specializing in NIGP’s  two Technology Procurement classes.  Originally from Australia, Nathan worked for both Federal and State Governments in Australia and England before moving to South Carolina 16 years ago and discovering his true calling as a procurement professional.  And no, he does not know Chris Hemsworth. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    NIGP Workforce Development (WFD) Scholarships Awarded to Chapters and Individuals

    Congratulations

    Chapters

    • Iowa Public Procurement Association, Inc.
    • West Virginia Chapter
    • Chesapeake Bay Procurement Association
    • South Carolina Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials
    • Utah Chapter

    Individual Members

    • Jenna Albers, Town of Davie, FL
    • Nena Bowling, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
    • Richard Celestin, Miami Dade County, FL
    • Alicia Christopher, Boulder Valley School District, CO
    • Veronica Cordova, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, CA

    COMPLETE LIST
    (Scholarships available thanks to Sourcewell)


    NIGP-CPP

    NEW NIGP-CPP Certification Handbook, 4th Edition

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification managed and administered by NIGP

    The NIGP-CPP Certification Handbook issued in October 2022 contains updated processes, policies and procedures.

    This is your essential and principal source of information for the NIGP-CPP program. From eligibility requirements to testing policies, the handbook includes everything you need to evaluate the program and complete the certification requirements.

    Registration for Feb. 2023 testing is Now Open
    VIEW THE HANDBOOK 


    CHAPTER NEWS

    NIGP Chapters have been established for nearly 50 years. Do you know what year your local chapter was founded? 

    Here's a peak at Chapters that date back to the 80s: 

    1980
    Maryland Public Purchasing Association, Inc.
    Mid-TN Public Purchasing Association
    Midwest Association of Public Procurement

    1981
    Minnesota Chapter
    Tampa Bay Area Chapter
    South Carolina Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Mentorship Program -  Shaping Your Future 

    This program pairs public procurement professionals with more experienced NIGP members who can provide guidance on professional development opportunities and offer other career-related advice. 

    This cohort uses NIGP's new online mentoring software for quick and easy matching. If you're interested in participating in this program, email mentorship@nigp.org.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Periodic Inventory Control System - A time-based inventory control system involving scheduled reviews of the stock level of each inventory item.

    From our NEW 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions. A must-have resource for every procurement professional.

    Order a copy today in either digital or print format. 

    LEARN MORE


    SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK

    As a Member-Centered Organization, we’re always looking to get input from our members on all our efforts to serve you better.

    If you’re interested in being part of a small group willing to provide input on anything from new offerings we’re considering to helping make our communications more tailored to member needs, please reach out to Fareshta Touhami, Director of Marketing at NIGP (ftouhami@nigp.org).

  • OCTOBER 26, 2022

    LEADING FOR IMPACT

    SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28

    In-Person Program for Experienced Leaders
    February 2 - 5 | St. Louis, MO

    Developing, and fostering the growth of procurement leaders is essential to the success of our profession. 

    Leading for Impact is designed to elevate the leadership skills of experienced procurement leaders. Are you interested in attending this innovative program, but lack the funding?

    Thanks to our government partner, Sourcewell, we have a select number of scholarships availalbe to cover the cost of registration fees ($800 value).

    Hurry, the scholarship window closes this Friday, October 28.

    APPLY TODAY


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Teresa Chapman, NIGP-CPP, CPP
    Procurement Agent
    Tucson Unified School District, AZ

    Leaders Edge Class of 2021 Graduate and Copper Chapter Scholarship Recipient

     

    Leaders Edge was a transformative program in my career and personal life. My intention was to learn more about leadership styles, what I came away with was so much more.  I met other professional procurement leaders from across the United States and Canada all sharing their moments of leadership, their struggles and doing the toughest thing that I think some of us have to do….ask for help. 

    We were a group of newbies to seasoned professionals all trying to help each other and understand how to better ourselves.  Lourdes Coss led us through zoom sessions by leading off with conversation topics but really let us take off and figure it out within our groups. The overall program had close to 30 participants, and we were assigned smaller groups, Go Fantastic Five!  I know our groups became more tightknit to the point where we emailed each other and also rooted each other on when we saw articles about each other.  The highlight was at NIGP Forum 2022 when a few of us met in person!  

    I was extremely fortunate to attend the 2021 cohort of Leaders Edge and this was made possible through a local chapter scholarship. I started this program thinking I had myself and my leadership style figured out.  Looking back, I came out more empathetic and aware of others, I realize now that the true value of this program is that we had a platform to learn from each other and really discuss the issues that we normally might not have the right space for.   


    CELEBRATIONS

    NIGP Forum 2022 | August 20 - 24

    The Survey Says

    • 88% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that Forum met their expectations
    • 97% would recommend the NIGP Forum to a colleague

    Areas they were particularly excited about:

    • Extensive variety of content
    • Networking opportunities
    • Keynote Speakers
    • Ability to watch content on 'their' time (virtual attendees)


    Mark your calendar, Forum 2023 is August 19 - 23 in Louisville, KY. See you there!


    NIGP-CPP

    Why not pursue NIGP-CPP certification? 

    The NIGP-CPP certification program can accelerate your career growth and success. Here are some basic facts about NIGP-CPP Certification:

    • Specifically targets mid to executive level public procurement leaders
    • Based on Competency vs. Years of Experience
    • Offers Flexibility and Choice
    • Integrates with NIGP Pathways Curriculum
    • Sets a new industry standard that's future-focused and committed to elevating the profession.
       

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER EVENTS

    NOV. 7 - Copper Chapter of NIGP
    Reverse Trade Show, Tucson, AZ

    NOV. 8 - 11 SCAGPO
    Annual Forum and Trade Show, Myrtle Beach, SC

    NOV. 9 - Central Florida Chapter of NIGP 
    23nd Annual Reverse Trade Show, Maitland, FL

    NOV. 16 - Capital Area Purchasing Association
    Reverse Trade Show and Career Fair, Chester, VA

    NOV. 16 - Idaho Public Purchasing Association 
    Reverse Vendor Trade Show, Boise, ID

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NEW White Paper Developed by NIGP Business Council  "That was Then, This is Now, Why Suppliers are Still Choosing to 'No Bid'.

    Nearly a decade after the NIGP Business Council created its first white paper, “We ‘No Bid,’ and I’ll Tell You Why", suppliers are still choosing to "No Bid".  

    Find out why with this FREE White Paper.

    The Council hopes it inspires a continued dialogue in the procurement community.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Acceptable Products List (APL) - A pre-approved list of products, usually grouped by manufacturer, that have proven to be in comformance with developed specifications and standards. 

    From our NEW 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions.  

    Order a copy today in either digital or print format. 

    LEARN MORE

  • OCTOBER 19, 2022

    CYBERSECURITY

    DECEMBER 13 | 1PM - 4PM

    If the adage 'data is currency' is true, how do you make sure your entity's 'money' is safe? 

    The risk of cyber attacks is constantly increasing. It's no longer a question of 'if' it will happen but rather 'when'.

    That’s why cybersecurity for your entity should be a top priority.

    What steps can you take to address the consequences of a cyber attack on your data? What risk assessment measures should you put into place? What is cyberliability insurance and do you need it? 

    These are just a few of the important questions, you'll get answers to during this must-attend headliner session.

    READ MORE


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Stephanie Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CTPE - Stephanie is a Corporate Procurement Program Manager for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.  She partners with CEOs, executives, and end users to assist them in gaining the right product or service at the right price at the right time. After spending nearly three decades working in procurement, Stephanie knows what truly drives the procurement process —and it’s not just about knowing all “the rules.” It’s how well you connect with the people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them.  This is true not only for internal clients, but external clients.

    Stephanie has saved her agency millions of dollars through her procurement and negotiation skills, purchasing a vast array of products and services, including negotiating software and utilities contracts.

    Stephanie is a Subject Matter Expert and instructor for NIGP.  In addition to teaching multiple Pathways courses, Stephanie has contributed to and assisted in the development of all the Technology courses currently offered through NIGP.  The Technology courses are Technology Management, Technology Procurement, and Cloud Procurement.

    In 2020, Stephanie earned her Certified Technology Procurement Executive (CTPE) certification from the Certified Technology Professionals Executives Society.

    Stephanie is passionate about the procurement professional and has mentored several individuals in the profession.  Through her guidance, these individuals have become certified and grown in the profession.

    Stephanie is a featured presenter in the upcoming Cybersecurity headliner as well as part of this month's Radio NIGP Cybersecurity broadcast.


    CELEBRATIONS

    For the past 18 years, October has been declared Cybersecurity Awareness Month and focuses on  helping individuals protect themselves online as threats to technology and confidential data increase.  This month’s theme is 'See Yourself in Cyber: Together we make it Safer', focusing on the ‘people’ part of cybersecurity, providing information and resources to help spread awareness.  Considering there are around 2,200 cyberattacks per day, that could equate to more than 800,000 people being hacked per year, getting information on preventing cyberattacks is extremely important more than ever.

    • Hot Topics – The team interviews Mohave County’s Chief Information Officer Nathan McDaniel for his perspective and recommendations for how to better protect ourselves from cyber threats.
    • Not Good in Orange - Stacy sits down with Travis Johnson, South Carolina State University Chief Information Officer, to discuss cyberattacks experienced by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) since the fall of 2021 including Lincoln College, Howard University, and North Carolina A&T University.
    • Way to Grow: Issues When Training Employees About Cyber Security Risks
    • Tech Talk – An interview with Maria Thompson, State and Local Government Cybersecurity Lead for Amazon Web Services (AWS) about information technology, strategic planning, computer network defense and risk management.
    • Deeper Dive - Radio NIGP Tech Talk host Kristy Varda defines Cyber-security and discuss why this topic is so important for public procurement practitioners, what’s trending in Cyber-security, what’s on the horizon in the next 5, 10 to 15 years and more.
    • Visionary Views - Brian Smith, Purchasing Manager for Multnomah County, Oregon and 2022 NIGP Distinguished Award Winner, describes his role in representing his entity and local NIGP chapter in Legislative issues affecting procurement.
    • Moments w/ NIGP - Kate Rotella, Director of Fiscal Affairs and Acquisitions - Eastern Connecticut State University, and Chair-Elect - NIGP Governing Board, discusses NIGP’s upcoming Leadership Summit scheduled for February 2023.
       

    VIEW RADIO NIGP


    NIGP-CPP

    NEW NIGP-CPP Certification Handbook, 4th Edition

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification managed and administered by NIGP

    The NIGP-CPP Certification Handbook issued in October 2022 contains updated processes, policies and procedures. This is your essential and principal source of information for the NIGP-CPP program.

    From eligibility requirements to testing policies, the handbook includes everything you need to evaluate the program and complete the certification requirements.

    Registration for Feb. 2023 testing is Now Open

    VIEW THE HANDBOOK 


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapters play a vital role at NIGP

    NIGP Chapter Website Solution offers an effective way to communicate with your chapter members at no cost.

    This enables NIGP to take on more of the work of disseminating useful and relevant information. It also creates a more consistent experience across the board for all chapters, while giving each chapter ability to meet unique and specific needs of their own.

    The following chapter websites have been successfully launched: Copper, TAPP, IAPPO, El Paso, SE Louisiana, and Rocky Mountain.

    Look for more launches in the coming months.


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Webinars provide valuable learning on hot topics in procurement, helping you stay informed.  And, they've just got even better!

    • 60% increase in content, means more contact hours to meet your professional learning goals
    • Snack-sized learning to fit all schedules
    • Topics geared to learners at all levels
    • Designed to complement other NIGP learning resources
       

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Hand-To-Mouth Buying - Purchase of the smallest quantities to satisfy the current need.

    From our NEW 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A comprehensive and timely reference with over 2,300 entries of the most common industry terms and definitions created by public procurement professionals for real on-the-job impact. An essential resource for every procurement library.

    Order a copy today in either digital or print format. 

    LEARN MORE

  • OCTOBER 11, 2022

    LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2023 
    February 2 - 5 | St. Louis, MO

    Leadership Summit brings together procurement leaders from various career stages to participate in NIGP's three flagship leadership programs: Leaders Edge, for emerging leaders, Chapter Academy, for newly elected Chapter leaders, and Leading for Impact, for more experienced leaders.

    Leading for Impact: Registration Now Open For Experienced Leaders

    $800 Member | $1,000 Non-Member - Early Bird - December 16, 2022

    $997 Member | $1,197 Non-Member - Standard - January 20, 2023
    (Leading for Impact Scholarships Available - thanks to our government partner Sourcewell)

    REGISTER TODAY


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - Lourdes (Maria de Lourdes) Coss


    Lourdes Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, MPA
    Consultant, Speaker, Executive Coach and Trainer. Certified Personality Consultant, Licensed Brain Trainer, and Neuro-Encoding Specialist.

    Facilitator: NIGP Leadership Summit 2023

    Lourdes is a transformational leader and the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques.”

    As a former Chief Procurement Officer, Lourdes invested most of her 27-year career successfully leading procurement transformations at some of the largest agencies in the U.S., including the City of Houston, Cook County, City of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Public Building Commission.

    Following her successful career, she founded M. L. Coss and Associates, LLC, and continues to add value to the public procurement profession. Lourdes is a former NIGP Board Member, Chair of the Talent Council Leadership Committee, a NIGP Instructor, a Senior Consultant, and recipient of NIGP's Spirit and Integrity Awards. 

    Additional accolades include being a Certified Member of the Maxwell Leadership Team and serving on its President’s Advisory Council. 

    Thinkers360 recognized Lourdes as one of the Top 100 Women Thought Leaders to Follow and among the 50 Top Procurement Influencers and Thought Leaders. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    Congratulations to Committee members who were appointed to the newly established Publications and Editorial Committee:

    • Yolanda Broome, CPP, CPPM, CGPP
      Director of Contracts and Procurement, City of East Point, GA
    • Darin Matthews, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM, C.P.M.
      Executive Director/Chief Procurement Officer, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA
    • Shawn Postera, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
      Sustainable Purchasing Coordinator, Multnomah County Purchasing, Portland OR
    • Arden Lynn, NIGP-CPP, VCA, CPPB, VCARM, VCCO, VCO
      Division Director of Procurement for the Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, VA 

    NIGP-CPP

    NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP) provides proven pathways for your career growth. 

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification managed and administered by NIGP. The NIGP-CPP is targeted to mid to executive level leaders, and the NIGP-CPP anchors NIGP’s Pathways Program for Learning and Credentialing. The NIGP-CPP is refreshed by ongoing research to keep the NIGP-CPP relevant and to Workforce Development for career advancement and succession planning.

    The NIGP-CPP exam is based on 43 competency statements, measuring the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and performance expected of a procurement leader on the job. Review the NIGP-CPP Certification Handbook for detailed information about the Exam Content, fees, eligibility, policies, and procedures.

    NIGP many Study and Preparatory Resources for the NIGP-CPP exam.

    Registration for February 2023 testing is Now Open and will close on December 22, 2022.

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    Mississippi Assoc. of Governmental Purchasing & Property Agents (MAGPPA)
    OCTOBER 16 - 19 | Annual Conference and Trade Show - Natchez, MS

    Oregon Public Purchasing Assocation & Columbia Chapter
    OCTOBER 19 | Reverse Trade Show - Salem, OR

    Pennsylvania Public Purchasing Association
    OCTOBER 19 - 21 | Area 2 Conference - Pittsburgh, PA

    Kentucky Public Purchasing Association (KPPA)
    OCTOBER 19 - 21 | Annual Forum and Products Expo - Owensboro, KY

    Dallas Ft. Worth Chapter
    OCTOBER 20 | Professional Development Day 

    Michigan Public Purchasing Officers
    OCTOBER 20 - 21 | Fall Conference, Bay City, MI

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP's Global Best Practices provide guidance on procurement processes, procedures and important topics to ensure you're equipped with the information you need to succeed. 

    New Global Best Practices include: 

    Establishing an Effective Supplier Diversity Program - explores how to craft a sound supplier diversity program that is legally defensible and driven by ethics.

    Procurement’s Role in the Use of Non-Emergency Federal Funds - examines best practices for procurement’s role and function once federal funds are awarded.

    Achieving an Optimal Procurement Card (pCard) Program - helps entities with existing PCard programs enhance their revenue and increase their rebate.

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Per Value The face value of a bond; the amount to be repaid when the bond is due. 

    From our NEW 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A comprehensive reference of the most common industry terms and definitions in the profession. 

    Over 2,300 entries of the most common and relevant terms currently in use

    Created by public procurement professionals for real on-the-job impact

    Order a copy today in either digital or print format. 

  • OCTOBER 5, 2022

    NIGP Fall Mentorship Cohort Program Shaping the Future of Procurement 

    Join the Fall 2022 Cohort either as a Mentor or as a Mentee.

    This program pairs public procurement professionals with more experienced NIGP members who can provide guidance on professional development opportunities and offer other career-related advice. 

    If you're interested in participating, sign-up now. Simply email mentorship@nigp.org.

    • Mentee slots are open to both NIGP members and non-members who are actively pursuing or serving in a public procurement role.
    • Mentors must be NIGP Members and provide up-and-coming and established procurement professionals career and professional development guidance.
    • This cohort will be the first to use NIGP’s new online mentoring software for quick and easy matching and step-by-step instructions on how to successfully navigate the mentee/mentor relationship.
       

    READ MORE


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Marcheta is a passionate advocate for the procurement profession.  She possesses a broad and deep range of expertise in numerous areas of public procurement best practices, professional development and leadership, and overall procurement transformation.

    She currently serves as Chair of the NIGP Mentorship Committee and encourages peers to consider being a mentor in NIGP's Mentorship program.  Marcheta credits her success (over 32 years in the procurement profession) to the mentors she's had the privilege of connecting with and the experiences they've shared. 

    "In every role I have had the honor of serving in throughout my career in public procurement, I have always been blessed with a number of mentors, mentors who helped guide my career and my growth as an individual.  Each of them brought distinct and unique perspective to the various phases of my leadership development, whether just starting out as an manager in Tucson, starting out as an NIGP instructor, serving on the NIGP Board of Directors and now leading an international team of NIGP consultants.  Their profound wisdom, advice and encouragement inspired me to challenge myself, to strive to bring value in all my roles, to ensure I was making informed decisions and to appreciate how my roles impacted  the big picture.  While each mentor focused on the positive and how my efforts (our efforts) can make a difference, they were also mindful of  pointing out areas where I still needed to grow and helped me learn from my mistakes.  I honestly cannot imagine having the professional life I've had without having my mentors beside me throughout my journey!

    Marcheta is the former Director of Procurement at the City of Tucson, leading one of the country's most highly acclaimed procurement organizations. In 2021, Marcheta became the President of NIGP Code and Consulting Services.  She has served as President of the NIGP Board, Chair of the UPPCC and has chaired dozens of task forces and committees during the course of her 30+ years of volunteer leadership.  She's the recipient of  NIGP's highest honor - the Albert H. Hall Memorial Award and the NIGP Distinguished Service Award.


    CELEBRATIONS

    Happy Anniversary.  NIGP thanks the dedication and partnership of these entities for celebrating over 40 years of membership with us: 

    Celebrating 55 Years

    • City of Aurora, CO
    • Hillsborough County Department of Procurement Services, FL
       

    Celebrating 50 Years

    • City of Allentown, PA
    • Kauai County, HI
    • Village of Glenview, IL
    • City of Wilmington, DE
       

    Celebrating 45 Years

    • Village of Elk Grove, IL
    • State of Mississippi
    • St. Lucie County, FL
    • District School Board of Pasco County, FL
    • City of Hollywood, FL 
       

    READ MORE


    NIGP-CPP Accelerates Your Career Growth and Success

    Registration for February 2023 testing is Now Open and will close on December 22, 2022.

    How do you demonstrate your competence to others within your entity and within the profession? One of the most effective ways to do so is through certification. In particular, the NIGP-CPP goes beyond assessing knowledge, and instead focuses on your competencies, skills, and abilities — showing that you are able to effectively work as a procurement leader on the job.

    Since NIGP launched the NIGP-CPP in February 2020, more than 1,450 candidates have been approved, and 945 professionals across 45 states, the District of Columbia, and 5 provinces have earned the NIGP-CPP. Join them and be part of the future of public procurement with the certification program that’s setting new standards in the industry.

    Your Future is Now. 

    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapters play a vital role at NIGP. 

    Whether it's a Reverse Trade Show, a Golf Outing, or seasonal conference, our Chapters are engaging with procurement professionals and suppliers within their own communities.

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    Capital Area Purchasing Association 
    OCTOBER 7 |  Fall Conference - Glen Allen, VA

    Illinois Association of Public Procurement Officials
    OCTOBER 12 - 14 | Fall Conference and Supplier Expo - Lombard, IL

    Arizona State Capital Chapter of NIGP 
    OCTOBER 13 | Regional Conference & Vendor Expo - Mesa, AZ

    Mississippi Assoc. of Governmental Purchasing & Property Agents (MAGPPA)
    OCTOBER 16 - 19 | Annual Conference and Trade Show - Natchez, MS

    Oregon Public Purchasing Assocation & Columbia Chapter
    OCTOBER 19 | Reverse Trade Show - Salem, OR

    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    NIGP Member Directory is a valuable resource to connect and consult with like-minded procurement professionals from across the country and Canada.

    Search the 16,000+ member directory by organization type, geographic location and so much more. It's the perfect tool for members who are seeking help or guidance and it's great for networking. View member profiles that include: 

    • Member name 
    • Email address
    • Phone and fax numbers 
    • Geographic location
    • Professional title and workplace
    • Photograph
       

    There's no better time to build strong meaningful connections that can have a positive impact in our lives today and into the future. 

    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Entity - Term used when referring to a public sector organization.

    From our NEW 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A comprehensive and timely reference of the most common industry terms and definitions, making it an essential resource for everyone in the profession. 

    • Over 2,300 entries of the most common and relevant terms currently in use
    • Created by public procurement professionals for real on-the-job impact
    • Easy to use manual, for quick reference in your home, office, or anywhere
       

    Order a copy today in either digital or print format. 

     

  • SEPTEMBER 28, 2022

    Fall Headliner Series Kicks Off with 
    Inflation & Higher Prices Managing Costs In A Volatile Market

    Presented by Paul Brennan, Director of Purchasing and First Acting County Executive, County of Rockland, NY
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS HEADLINER

    • Discover what tools and approaches you can implement to manage cost changes 
    • Gain insight into what categories are most vulnerable to price fluctuations
    • Learn how you can be more proactive with key suppliers
    • Find out what cost management strategies you can implement during these erratic times

    (Attendees can download a Tip Sheet on managing cost increases as a reference resource
     
    OCTOBER 5 | 1PM - 3PM (ET) 
    MEMBERS $79 | NON-MEMBERS $179

    REGISTER TODAY 


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Paul Brennan, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, FNIGP 
    Director of Purchasing and First Acting County Executive 
    County of Rockland, NY

    Over his 27-year public procurement career, Paul has earned a reputation as an innovative, results-producing procurement professional with experience in Strategic Sourcing, Contract Negotiations, Financial Analysis, Project Management, Process Improvement and Measurement and ERP implementations. 

    He's established a record of continuous improvement through the implementation of cost-saving technologies and is the recipient of  NIGP's highest honor - the Albert H. Hall Memorial Award for his constant pursuit of enhancing the value of public procurement.  

    In the upcoming Headliner, Paul offers tips, strategies and practices you can implement to manage rising costs and minimize risk in your entity.


    CELEBRATIONS

    Radio NIGP Presents Forum "Aha" Moments & NIGP Awardee Interviews
    You can feel the excitement as First-Time Forum Attendees share what it was like attending Forum and what it meant to them personally as well as professionally. What were their big takeaways from the plenary speakers and sessions?  How did they benefit in their role as a result of attending? 

    We also get to know these NIGP award winners:  

    • Clarissa Clark - Ella Pierce Diversity & Inclusion Award Winner
    • Zac Christensen - Procurement Manager of the Year Award Winner
    • Teresa Chapman - Procurement Specialist of the Year Award Winner

    NIGP staff and management weigh-in on the impact of Forum on our profession.

    Finally, stay tuned for the first-time ever post-credit scenes. 
    VIEW RADIO NIGP


    NIGP-CPP: A Holistic Learning & Credentialing Experience  

    Why is NIGP-CPP Unique? 

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders in the public sector. NIGP intentionally integrated the NIGP-CPP with other choices you have in learning and earning under the holistic Pathways banner.  Rather than isolating certification, the NIGP-CPP is immersed in all the dynamic changes in public procurement.

    The certification is a result of innovative research and content production that's constantly refreshed to ensure NIGP-CPP is relevant in an ever-changing environment.

    Registration for November 2022 testing closes Friday, September 30.  
    READ MORE


    CHAPTER NEWS

    NIGP Chapters have been established for nearly 50 years. Do you know what year your local chapter was founded? 

    Here's a peak at Chapters that date back to the 70s: 
     
    1971 - Michigan Public Purchasing Officers Association 
    1976 - Missouri Association of Public Purchasing 
    1976 - Wisconsin Association for Public Procurement 
    1977 - Arizona State Capitol Chapter 
    1977 - Illinois Association of Public Procurement Officials, Inc.
    1977 - Northern New Jersey Chapter 
    1977 - Southern New Jersey Chapter 
    1978 - Ontario Public Buyers Association, Inc. 
    1978 - Capital Area Purchasing Association 
    1978 - Louisiana Chapter 
    1978 - Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.
    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    Robust Document Library – easy access to thousands of solicitations, RFPs, RFIs and much more.

    Making the right decisions and keeping up with change can be a challenge. NIGP Document Library helps save you time and money. The library contains sample, actionable documents created by your peers. Find what you need, when you need it. Members consistently rate the NIGP Document Library as one of our most valuable resources. 

    Whether you're just entering the profession or are an experienced practitioner, the NIGP Document Library is an important reference resource.   
    READ MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Taguchi Method - An engineering quality control approach, developed by Japanese engineer and statistician Genichi Taguchi, that focuses on improving a process or product during the design phase rather than after it has been manufactured or delivered. 

    From our NEW 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A comprehensive and timely reference of the most common industry terms and definitions, making it an essential resource for everyone in the profession. 

    • Over 2,300 entries of the most common and relevant terms currently in use
    • Created by public procurement professionals for real on-the-job impact
    • Easy to use manual, for quick reference in your home, office, or anywhere

     Order a copy today in either digital or print format. 

  • SEPTEMBER 21, 2022

    LEADERS EDGE 2023 Now Accepting Program & Scholarship Applications

    Leaders Edge is a unique development program for emerging leaders. It's structured on the concept of emotional intelligence where participants learn about Leading the Self, Leading Others, and Leading Organizations. You must apply to be considered for this 5-month hybrid program and space is limited.

    New this year, Leaders Edge will be incorporated into the Leadership Summit 2023 experience, where procurement professionals across three programs will be brought together in one place for triple the impact.

    Program & Scholarship Application Deadline: Friday, September 30
    (Scholarships (value or $997) available thanks to Sourcewell). 
    APPLY TODAY 

    All applicants will be notified on Wednesday, October 12 for the program acceptances and awards.  
    LEARN MORE


    NIGP SPOTLIGHT - Ryan Swink, Leaders Edge Class of 2021
     

    Ryan Swink 
    NIGP Business Development Manager 
    Herndon, VA

    NIGP's Leaders Edge program really helped me focus on my strengths and weaknesses, not only as a leader, but in everyday life. 

    The tools the program provides are priceless and can also be applied to your personal life. To have a select group of my cohorts, all with the same goal in common (becoming a better leader), really made me feel comfortable opening-up during group discussions.

    I would strongly recommend NIGP's Leaders Edge program to anyone who is ready to take their leadership journey to the next level. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    It's the biggest procurement celebration of the year - NIGP Forum.

    NIGP Forum is where public procurement professionals at all levels in their career from across North  America and Canada came together to share experiences, challenges and solutions. This year's Forum was a milestone event with over 2,200 attendees (in person and virtual), making it the most attended Forum in NIGP's 75+ history. 

    What makes NIGP Forum so special? You're surrounded by colleagues who understand exactly what you do. They face similar situations, utilize similar processes and incorporate similar practices. And most importantly, share your commitment and passion for the profession.

    Here's a photo gallery from the NIGP Forum held in Boston from August 20 - 24, 2022. Share the inspiration and excitement of Forum with your entity or chapter by contributing a story and photos through your newsletter. Let everyone know the positive impact you have on your community.

    NIGP FORUM PHOTO GALLERY


    NIGP-CPP: Future-Focused Certification for Procurement Leaders

    The NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP) is the only certification managed and administered by NIGP.

    The NIGP-CPP targets mid to executive level leaders. Since it’s integrated with NIGP’s Pathways program, the NIGP-CPP will remain relevant to the competencies you need to be a successful leader in your career – today and into the future.

    Have you heard?
    More and more employers are seeing NIGP-CPP as a marker of accomplishment. NIGP-CPP certification is included in the U.S. Department of Labor Credentials Center.
    READ MORE
     
    If you're interested in learning more about NIGP-CPP certification, please join us for a complimentary Webinar.
     
    FREE NIGP-CPP Webinars  
    Webinar: NIGP Certified Procurement Professional - Connecting Certification to Your Learning and Career Aspirations
    OCTOBER 4 | NOVEMBER 10 | DECEMBER 8 | 2PM - 3:30PM (ET)


    CHAPTER NEWS

    NIGP Chapter Website Solution delivers tangible value by offering an easy and simple way to communicate with your chapter members at no cost.

    This enables NIGP to take on more of the work of disseminating useful and relevant information without burdening chapter leadership and/or members. It also creates a more consistent experience across the board for all chapters, while giving each chapter the ability to meet their unique and specific needs.

    We recently launched the Copper, TAPP, IAPPO, El Paso, and SE Louisiana with Rocky Mountain scheduled to launch by the end of September. 


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    New Global Best Practice:  Establishing an Effective Supplier Diversity Program emphasizes the traditional concepts of social disparity in government contracting and highlights the steps necessary to develop a successful supplier diversity program.

    NIGP's Global Best Practices provide guidance on procurement processes, procedures and important topics to ensure you're equipped with the information you need to succeed. This is just one of the many resources and tools available FREE to NIGP Members.
    LEARN MORE    


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Tare Weight - The weight of all packaging materials and protective wrapping used for an item to be shipped. 

    From our NEW 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms . A comprehensive and timely reference of the most common industry terms and definitions, making it an essential resource for everyone in the profession. 

    • Over 2,300 entries of the most common and relevant terms currently in use
    • Created by public procurement professionals for real on-the-job impact
    • Easy to use manual, for quick reference in your home, office, or anywhere

     Order a copy today in either digital or print format

  • SEPTEMBER 14, 2022

    Workforce Development Scholarships Available For Individuals & Chapters 

    Application Deadline is September 30.

    Individual Workforce Development (WFD) Scholarship - provides members who lack funding and are interested in taking their career to the next level with $1,250 toward a Pathways competency development plan.

    ELIGIBILITY:  Individuals must be a Member of NIGP in good standing and have not received a NIGP scholarship in the last 12 months. 

    Chapter Workforce Development (WFD) Scholarship - provides chapters that lack funding with scholarships to attend 1/2 day Pathways competency virtual course for 8 of its chapter members. 

    ELIGIBILITY:  Chapters that have not received a NIGP scholarship in the last 12 months

    If you have questions, please contact Chanda Carpenter at ccarpenter@nigp.org(Scholarships available thanks to Sourcewell)
    APPLY TODAY 


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 
    Central Florida Chapter of NIGP Scholarship Recipients
     

    Sean Hynes, NIGP-CPP, CPPB 
    Assistant Superviors Distribution Services 
    School Board of Brevard County, FL
     

    The Central Florida Chapter of NIGP was awarded 16 scholarships, thanks to the NIGP Scholarship Program and the generous support of Sourcewell. This enabled members to attend NIGP VCON: Soft Skill Essentials in June. Here's  what Sean had to say about this educational opportunity: 

    It was a great event with incredibly useful information. The need to develop soft skills in the workplace is on the rise and NIGP created a fantastic lineup. Key takeaways include: 
     
    Critical Thinking -  why it takes effort and why we should not always use our 'lizard brain'.
     
    Managing Your Time & Energy -  effective ways you can manage time and find more of it in the day.
     
    Emotional Intelligence - why it's essential to workplace satisfaction. 

     

    Susan Ann Perry, CPPB
    Administrator/Sr. Buyer Procurement Svcs
    Orange County Public Schools

    NIGP VCON: Soft Skill Essentials was a fabulous 2-day event. The hours of the virtual conference were ideal allowing work to get done before Noon and with a half hour break to return calls and email. I found the topics to be very informative and pertaining to leadership and relationships. Some highlights for me include:

    Five Pillars of Resiliency

    1. Self-Awareness
    2. Mindfulness
    3. Self -Care
    4. Positive Relationships
    5. Purpose


    I also think the DISC self-assessment tool is a great way to learn about your self and how you react and relate to others. Thank you for the opportunity. 

     

    Janice Kay Hughes, CPPB
    Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, FL

    Excellent speakers, great use of Zoom features to keep folks engaged in the presentations. I especially enjoyed the class on  Emotional Intelligence. In everything we do today, this is a must class for all who interact with family, co-workers and vendors. Thank you this was well-worth the time investment. Many tools to take away.


    CELEBRATIONS

    Congratulations to the New NIGP-CPPs! We're thrilled to announce 49 new NIGP-CPP certificants.

    This brings the total number of NIGP-CPPs to 945 since we launched the program just two years ago. You can now find NIGP-CPP certificants in 45 states, the District of Columbia and 5 provinces.
    NIGP-CPPs RECIPIENTS

    Here's what certificants have to say:

    Jeanne Waters, NIGP-CPP, KCPM,
    Administrative Branch Manager, Office of the Controller 
    Frankfort, KY

    I feel that those who have the NIGP-CPP certification stand out among their peers.  The certification shows dedication to the field of procurement and a higher level of expertise for those obtaining the NIGP-CPP certification.

     

    Rick Gentry, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Procurement and Contract Services Manager
    Lee's Summit, MO

    The NIGP-CPP certification encompasses the knowledge and skills of today’s true Procurement Leaders.
     


    NIGP-CPP

    Registration for November 2022 testing is open and will close on September 30. 

    What makes NIGP-CPP certification unique? 

    • NIGP-CPP is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders in the public sector.
    • NIGP-CPP influences, motivates, innovates, and inspires confidence to action.
    • NIGP-CPP is uniquely connected with the NIGP Pathways for holistic learning and credentialing across the 33 most critical learning competencies within public procurement. 
    • NIGP-CPP is refreshed by ongoing research which keeps the certification relevant to what the market needs.
    • NIGP-CPP exam assesses the abilities that a successful procurement leader must have on the job.


    If you're interested in learning more about NIGP-CPP certification, please join us for a complimentary Webinar.

    FREE NIGP-CPP Webinars  

    Webinar: NIGP Certified Procurement Professional - Connecting Certification to Your Learning and Career Aspirations

    OCTOBER 4 | NOVEMBER 10 | DECEMBER 8 | 2PM - 3:30PM (ET)


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapters play a vital role at NIGP. 

    When you become a member in a local NIGP chapter, you gain access to a local network of procurement professionals who can help you advance in your career, develop critical leadership skills, and create change that positively impacts your community.

    Whether it's a Reverse Trade Show, a Golf Outing, or seasonal conference, our Chapters are engaging with procurement professionals and suppliers within their own communities.

    Upcoming Chapter Events: 

    East Tennessee Purchasing Association (TAPP)
    Fall Professional Development Conference
    SEPTEMBER 26 | Pidgeon Forge, TN

    Ontario Public Buyers Association
    64th Professional Development Conference - Virtual
    SEPTEMBER 28 - 29


    MEMBER RESOURCES

    Nsite - your exclusive online community where you connect, communicate and collaborate with peers from across the country at all different stages in their careers. 

    Choose from over 50 special interest communities created by you and for you. Get answers from colleagues who have been there, done that. Share ideas, challenges and opportunities 24/7.  Our most popular community Purchissues has over 1,500 members and includes over 19,000 discussions. 

    Recent discussion topics:

    • Uniform Rental & Cleaning
    • Current Average Dollar Thresholds for RFPs
    • Police Vehicle Purchases


    LEARN MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Value Added Tax - A tax based on the value added during each stage of a product's productions or distribution. Common throughout the European Union.

    From our NEW 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms . A comprehensive and timely reference of the most common industry terms and definitions, making it an essential resource for everyone in the profession. 

    • Over 2,300 entries of the most common and relevant terms currently in use
    • Created by public procurement professionals for real on-the-job impact
    • Easy to use manual, for quick reference in your home, office, or anywhere

     
    Order a copy today in either digital or print format. 

  • SEPTEMBER 7, 2022

    Now Accepting Applications - Leaders Edge 2023

    LEADERS EDGE is a unique development program for emerging leaders, now in its fourth year. NEW for this year, Leaders Edge will be incorporated into the Leadership Summit 2023 experience, where procurement professionals across three programs will be brought together in one place for triple the impact.

    Applications are open through September 30th. (Scholarships available thanks to Sourcewell)
    APPLY TODAY.


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Cheral Manke, NIGP-CPP CPPO CPPB 
    Procurement Innovation Manager
    WA State Dept. of Enterprise Services

    Pathways Concierge Program is something I'm excited to be the member lead for because it helps individuals and organizations close their talent gaps, a critical need within our profession. 

    Most people come into procurement from an array of backgrounds, I came up through the law and ended up here because contracting was my forte and I wanted to do public service.

    The question is, how do you help people grow in the profession, when they may not have studied procurement at all? This program will help show individuals what's out there for them on an individualized basis. Our goal is to help individuals and organizations by listening and identifying what skills they bring to the table and what skills they need to succeed.

    As both individuals and organizations, we need to look at our own path forward. What do we need to get ourselves and our staff ready for the next level? The answer - Pathways Concierge Program. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    Camaraderie, collaboration, engagement, and empowerment are the foundations of an NIGP membership.

    We'd like to thank and highlight these agencies who have been valued members of NIGP for over 70 years.

    75 Years

    City of Newport News, VA
    Dane County, WI
    City of Madison, WI

    70 Years

    City of Owensboro, KY


    NIGP-CPP

    We're 896 strong and growing. You'll find NIGP-CPP certificants in 44 states and 5 provinces.

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders in the public sector. It's uniquely connected with the NIGP Pathways for holistic learning and credentialing across the 33 most critical learning competencies within public procurement. 

    The NIGP-CPP is refreshed by ongoing research which keeps the certification relevant to what the market needs. Registration for November 2022 testing is open and will close on September 30th. 

    LEARN MORE 


    CHAPTER NEWS

    NIGP Chapter Website solution delivers tangible value to our chapters by offering an easy and simple way to communicate with your chapter members at no cost to chapters. This enables NIGP to take on more of the work of disseminating useful and relevant information without burdening chapter leadership and/or members. It also creates a more consistent experience across the board for all chapters, while giving each chapter the ability to meet their unique and specific needs.

    We just launched the Copper, IAPPO and TAPP Chapter websites with Rocky Mountain scheduled to launch end of September. 


    MEMBER RESOURCES

    New Global Best Practice:  Procurement's Role in the Use of Non-Emergency Federal Funds explores the best practices once federal funds are awarded. It's a must-read for today's procurement professionals.

    NIGP's Global Best Practices provide guidance on procurement processes, procedures and important topics to ensure you're equipped with the information you need to succeed. This is just one of the many tools and resources available FREE to NIGP Members.

    LEARN MORE


    WORD OF THE DAY

    In Bond The state of goods that are manufactured, stored, or transported under the care of a bonded agency until duties or taxes are paid on the goods.

    From our 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. Order a copy today in either digital or print format. 

    LEARN MORE


    NIGP Forum 2022 Survey Reminder 

    What did you think? Please take a moment to provide your comments and feedback on the NIGP Forum by completing the NIGP FORUM 2022 SURVEY.