The 2017 NASPO Exchange will be held March 12-14 in St. Louis, Missouri. Register now for the event where partnering, networking and learning come together to develop business relationships which support public procurements that are effective, efficient, transparent and fair.

2016 End of Year Financial Deadline Approaching
The Last Day to submit 2016 expenses to NASPO Headquarters is December 10

Be sure to submit ALL 2016 requests prior by this deadline for professional development, events, conferences, travel and reimbursements. Submissions received after this date will be processed in January and considered 2017 funds. All necessary forms can be found in the Member Central Library.

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Graves .
Procurement Perspectives: Data Analytics

NASPO recently invited members from Florida, Texas, and Virginia  to participate in a webinar to  share how their states are using the powerful tool of data analytics to improve procurement processes across the board. As Roz Ingram, Chief Procurement Officer of Florida, put it best, data analytics are "a roadmap for decisions." Read our new publication, Data Analytics: A Roadmap for Success  to learn what else was shared during the webinar, and how your office can use data analytics as a roadmap for success.
Coming to You in 2017: Disbursement Management System
In early 2017, NASPO will roll out an online disbursement system (DMS) to allow members to request expenses and payments electronically through the NASPO Network. This new system will eliminate the need to submit expense reports via email and allow you to scan or take pictures of receipts for submissions, allowing you to submit expenses from anywhere! Watch for announcements in the coming months about how and when to start using this new feature to submit reimbursements.
American City & County Features NASPO Research on Public Procurement Trends
American City and County's October/November Government Procurement magazine features "Procurement 20/20," which covers trends that will shape public procurement. The article includes insights from NASPO Executive Director DeLaine Bender on staffing trends and growth in the use of e-procurement systems.

... [In NASPOS] "2016 Survey of State Procurement Practices," 74 percent of respondents indicated the procurement responsibilities of the central procurement office have increased in the past two years. "While procurement responsibilities continue to grow, only 38 percent of responding states indicated a staff increase, which represents no improvement from the staffing challenges reported two years ago," Bender says. "Given that 62 percent of procurement offices are actually experiencing a staff reduction or no change in staffing, more needs to be done in the procurement workforce area to alleviate the rapid increase in responsibilities, which is not matched by additional staff to support workloads," Bender says. Those workloads, she says, are almost two times greater than those reported two years ago in the "2014 Survey of State Procurement Practices."

Go here to download Government Procurement magazine. Procurement 20/20 begins on page 18.
NCMA Interviews NASPO President, Larry Maxwell, Director of State Purchasing for the State of New Mexico

National Contract Management Magazine does a State and Local Contracting Profile on Larry Maxwell, Director of State Purchasing for the State of New Mexico, to discuss procurement within a major state purchasing agency, as well as the importance of engaging stakeholders to help accomplish their goals and developing training to better educate procurement staff on best practices.

  Action-packed Week in Salt Lake City
Earlier this month, NASPO members and leadership traveled to Salt Lake City for the Western Regional Conference and the Incoming Leadership Meeting.

Attendance was strong at the Western Regional  Conference  with attendees from twelve different states. Similar to the other regional conferences,  Procurement U also held an optional day of training on Negotiation Strategies.

On Friday, NASPO's Incoming Leaders meeting was also held in Salt Lake City. The 2016 board members and board members elected for 2017 openings
 gathered at the annual orientation and planning to learn about their roles and responsibilities as board members, review the bylaws, policies, procedures and committee structure. Staff members also provided a detailed update on the progress made on the current strategic plan. 
 Welcome New State Members!

Jason Soza
Chief Procurement Officer
State of Alaska
Division of General Services
State Office Building, 7th Floor
333 Willoughby Avenue
PO Box 110210
Juneau, AK 99811
Lauri A. McGuire
Assistant Secretary
State of Maryland
Department of General Services
State Office Building, Suite M-6
301 West Preston Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Procurement U News
Looking for some additional training? Procurement U is adding new courses on a regular basis. Current offerings include:
  • Introduction to Market Research 102
  • Market Research Strategies 202
  • Introduction to Request for Proposals 103
  • Terms and Conditions 105
For more details on these course offerings check out our website.
UPPCC CPPO & CPPB Exam Prep Course Dates Have Been Announced
The prep courses are designed as a facilitated review of the UPPCC Body of Knowledge. The courses will provide resources, open discussion, case studies, and assessment tools which allow individuals to gauge individual exam readiness. Course participants are expected to have acquired knowledge in each of the domain areas, thorough training, professional experience, and understanding of the application to practice. While learning elements within the course cover the domain topic areas, this course is not designed to be instructional in nature, but rather a review of knowledge obtained prior to course participation. The course will have a facilitator who will be available to review the material, facilitate questions, and lead discussions.

Registration opens the week of November 28th.

Standard Price: $480 
Discounted Rate: $300

Courses begin February 13 and run through April 16, 2017, but will remain open through the end of May for further studying leading up to the Spring Exam dates.

Please feel free to email Procurement U  with any questions.
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.