In case you haven't heard, March is Procurement Month! Many members are actively using this month as a way to promote the great things going on in state procurement.

Some states are celebrating Procurement Month with a Proclamation from their Governor; West Virginia, Utah, Colorado, Washington, Ohio to name a few. Other states are hosting Seminars and  sales events. Let us know what your state is up to this month to #celebrateprocurement so that we can share your great idea with the greater membership.

We will also be holding a Procurement Month celebration at our How to Market to State Governments Meeting next week. Stay tuned for more great ideas to come.

Advancing Procurement Through Leadership, Excellence, and Integrity

Governing Magazine recognizes top states in the report  Purchase Power: A Special Report on State Procurement
at a special reception in Washington, DC. 

NCMA Executive Director Michael Fischetti recently interviewed, NASPO Life Member, John Adler to discuss the challenges faced by state and local government contracting professionals in today's environment, as well as what it takes to succeed in the profession.

How to Market to State Governments Meeting is Just Around the Corner
March 20-22, 2016 (Atlanta, GA)

We look forward to seeing everyone that will be joining us in Atlanta in a couple of days. Be sure to check out the latest agenda for start times to conference sessions. Registration opens at 10:00am on Sunday in Imperial Ballroom Foyer at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. 

Please check out the Association Events tab on for other upcoming conference and event information for members.
NASPO Releases Three New Publications this Month

1. R
emove unlimited liability clauses in state terms and conditions

2. Introduce more flexible terms and conditions

3. Remove required performance bonds from vendors on information technology projects

4. Leverage enterprise architecture for improved IT procurement

5. Improve the negotiations process


This is an endorsement of recommendations made by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).   Go here to read the press release and download the 2016 IT Procurement Reform Solutions

As many states grapple with the best ways to modernize and update their purchasing systems, the National Association of State Procurement Officials has released s even principles of state purchasing related to authority and centralization to establish a framework that individual states can follow to create efficient, modern and cost-effective purchasing processes.  These research supported best practices designed to help state officials who are considering procurement reform.  Download the Authority and Centralization Best Practices Matrix here

The  Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement is set to move to the US Congress for an up or down vote in 2016. This agreement contains an extensive government procurement section which is designed to further fair and open competition in all countries under the agreement making way for US vendors to gain better access into these foreign markets. Anticipating questions from state leaders as the vote gets media attention, the TPP Research Brief gives an overview of the government procurement language and provides information about the impact to state procurement under the agreement.  Download the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement Research Brief here

Did You Know?

You can check your NASPO Network digest to read about what's happening with NASPO in between our issues of the monthly NASPO Bulletin. Here are some of the conversations of note this month: 
Cronin Web Series presents New York State Vehicle Marketplace
  Thursday, March 31st (3:00pm - 4:00pm EST)
Presenter: Matt Jones, Contract Management Specialist with the State of New York's Office of General Services, Procurement Services Division

Please join us for the fifth and final webinar of this year's Cronin Finalist Webinar Series. Our presenter will be Matt Jones from the State of New York presenting on their Finalist submission, New York State Vehicle Marketplace.

New York State Office of General Services, Procurement Services Division (OGS), has implemented a new way to buy Class 1 and 2 light-duty vehicles (including cars, vans, pickup trucks) that enhances competition and provides a greater selection of vehicles to meet contract user needs. This "Vehicle Marketplace" is where eligible contract users can go to purchase light-duty vehicles from contracted dealers via a mini-bid process. This improves service to users allowing them to get the right vehicle, at the right time, at the right price. 

All Cronin Finalist Webinar Series attendees are eligible to receive a certificate of completion credit. To receive credit, one must be present for the entire duration of the webinar.
To participate in this webinar, REGISTER now.

A recording of our most recent Cronin Finalist Webinars have been posted. If you missed out on these great and informative webinar, please feel free to watch them online

UPPCC Certification Resources

For more information on the examination process visit
For helpful exam preparation tools check out the Certification Webpage  on the NASPO website. 

Procurement U Course 102: Introduction to Market Research
This web-based, self-paced course can be accessed through the 
Procurement U Online Learning Management System (OLMS). 

Delivery method: Web Based, Self Paced
Contact Hours: 3
Inaugural State Training Coordinators Conference
May 21 - 22, 2016
Birmingham, Alabama

Registration is now available for the inaugural Procurement U State Training Coordinators Conference. This event is an opportunity for NASPO members who coordinate state procurement training efforts to come together to share peer-to-peer solutions, identify curricula needs, learn about instructional methodology and exchange training resources.

Attendees will appreciate expert presentations, discussions and exercises on state and UPPCC certifications; principles of adult learning; instructional methodologies and examining evaluations versus assessments.

Procurement U State Certification Webinar
Procurement U recently hosted a  webinar on state certification. We are pleased to report that the webinar had a great turnout, with over 45 attendees and 25 states represented.

The guest speaker for the presentation was Daniel May, the Governance Manager, Governance & Training for the Florida Department of Management Services Division of State Purchasing. Daniel described the process that the Florida Division of State Purchasing Professional Development Team (PDT) went through in creating their "Certified Contract Manager Course."  

State Certification Toolkit is a comprehensive resource for NASPO State members who are developing a certification program or seeking to build upon their current program. Additionally, the toolkit now includes a case study which provides additional detail on the Florida Certified Contract Manager course and a recording of the webinar. 

Go here to access the Toolkit.  If you have any questions about the toolkit or Procurement U, please contact staff at .

NASPO ValuePoint Management Board announced the creation of the NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Education Fund. It is a new program to assist states in promoting in-state cooperatives. The Fund allows for reimbursement to the states up to $15,000 in calendar year 2016 for efforts providing education, outreach, media, media placement, conferences, etc. highlighting the value of cooperative purchasing within your state and with other states.

NASPO ValuePoint hopes this will be a useful aid in strengthening your in-state cooperative and encourages states to utilize the allocated funds.

The NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Education Fund Policy & Guidelines are posted in the NASPO Network - Resources (tab) - NASPO ValuePoint.

If you have any questions, please contact Doug Richins, CEO at

New Names Around NASPO
We are excited to announce that  Alexandra Wilcox has accepted the  eLearning Specialist position and joined the NASPO team earlier this month. Alexandra, who has both bachelor's and master's degrees from James Madison University, is an experienced instructional designer.

Megan Smyth will be joining the research and policy team this week as a
Senior Policy Analyst. Megan has been a practicing attorney since 2008, most recently as a Senior Associate with Walters Meadows Richardson. She received her undergrad in philosophy (with minors in political science and communication) from Transylvania University and her juris doctorate from UK College of Law. 

Carolyn Turner, CPPO, CPPB, will also be joining the research and policy team in early April as Procurement Knowledge Specialist. Carolyn has more than 17 years of procurement experience with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, most recently as Strategic Procurement Specialist II in the Finance and Administration Cabinet. She is a past president of the Kentucky Public Procurement Association and a certified instructor for NIGP.

We look forward to welcoming these new team members. Alex and Megan will both be at the How to Market to State Governments Meeting this week, so feel free to make an introduction if you see them.
State Procurement Perspective Represented at national P3 Conference

NASPO Director of Strategic Program Krista Ferrell (second from left)  noted that three states have approved legislation so far in 2016. Twelve other states are considering measures. 
Public Private Partnerships (P3s) are gaining more attention at all levels  of state government as  an alternative method of revitalizing infrastructure and financing public improvement projects.  Historically used for infrastructure needs around transportation, P3s are evolving to meet needs in vertical building construction, economic development, and broadband infrastructure.  With this evolution of acquisition methods comes the need for states to understand this trend and how to source, bid, and manage these large scale projects. 

At the  P3 Conference  in Dallas in early March, Jason Soza, Chief Procurement Officer for the State of Alaska and Chair of the Emerging Issues Committee, and Krista Ferrell, Director of Strategic Programs learned more about best practices surrounding this emerging trend.   Go here to read more

American Bar Association 11th Annual State & Local Procurement Symposium
April 7-8, 2016 

NASPO is proud to serve as a partner for the 11th Annual ABA State and Local Procurement Symposium, to be held April 7 - 8, 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel San Juan, Puerto Rico.   Go here to download the agenda . Additional registration information is available here

NASPO's mission is to help our members achieve success as public procurement leaders in their states through promotion of best practices, education, professional development, research, and innovative procurement strategies.