Procurement U Launches New Course
Introduction to Sole Source Procurement

Procurement U is excited to announce the launch of Introduction to Sole Source Procurement. This course is designed to define sole source procurement and examine its use within state procurement. The course provides fundamental information about this method, including when it is appropriate to be used. Strategies for increasing transparency and avoiding unnecessary non-competitive procurements will also be explored through an interactive scenario.

Introduction to Sole Source Procurement is an introductory course. The target audience includes, but is not necessarily limited to, state buyers (e.g., entry-level and intermediate), contract administrators, finance/accounting managers, risk management supervisors, compliance officers and consultants.
For more specifics about what to expect from this course, please check out our course information and syllabus.
Delivery Method: Web-based, self-paced course
Contact Hours: 1
Registration: $35 standard rate, $20 discounted rate
Please feel free to contact Procurement U  if you should have any questions about this course or any of our other offerings.

Support Green Purchasing Initiatives in Your State
Are you curious about how other states are using NASPO's Green Purchasing Technical Assistance Fund?

Take a peek at our Green Purchasing Fund Infographic , including examples of green purchasing initiatives around the country.

Several member states have already sent in applications and are using NASPO funds to establish green programs. Submit your state's application, reimbursement requests for approved projects, or direct any questions to .  

IBISWorld Training Webinars
We now have two previously recorded training webinars from IBISWorld on our YouTube channel! 

Click here to view the 22-minute Introductory Session, which provides users with an overview of the procurement research tool. 

Click here to view the 25-minute Application Workshop Session, which provides a deeper dive into reports for IBISWorld users already familiar with the tool.

For any questions concerning IBISWorld, visit the IBISWorld Resources Page or contact Amy Mitchell.

eProcurement User Groups Connect at Exchange

State members who participated in the 2017 NASPO Exchange had the chance to meet in-person with their eProcurement User Groups to discuss the challenges and successes states encounter with existing platforms and highlight future eProcurement needs. The discussion summary is now available on the NASPO Network. Use this document to review key takeaways regarding state experiences with eProcurement systems. Be looking for more resources and information on this critical topic at upcoming conferences throughout 2017 and continue the conversation in the eProcurement User Groups online in the NASPO Network

Utah's Chris Hughes Recognized by Government Technology Magazine
Government Technology Magazine has named Utah's Christopher Hughes one of its Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2017. 

Please reference page 36 to read more on what Christopher did to earn this honor. You can read the full article here
NASPO is pleased to be an official partner of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council's (SPLC) Summit. The 2017 Summit begins Monday, May 8 and runs through Wednesday, May 10, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado. 

While the 2017 Summit is just around the corner, NASPO members still have time to sign up and receive a special partner rate. Register here  and enter NASPO2017 to receive a 10 percent discount on the SPLC Summit registration fee.
UPPCC Announces New Schedule of Fees
The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) announced that it will apply a modest $50 increase to many of its current fees for certification effective July 1. The fee increase, UPPCC's first increase in five years, is necessary for the organization to support rising development costs and to fund many new projects and initiatives designed to both expand the programs and to provide additional tools, resources and overall value to current certificants. UPPCC hopes to share details soon on some exciting new functionality that will streamline the application and recertification experience by providing a fully modern, online portal for your interactions with UPPCC going forward. 

For more details on the increased fee schedule can be found here.
Welcome New State Members!

Acting Director
State of New Jersey
Department of the Treasury
Division of Purchase & Property
33 West State Street, Floor 8
Trenton, NJ 08608

Statewide Procurement Group Manager
Professional Services
State of Arizona
Division of Purchases
State Procurement Office
100 North 15th Avenue, 
Ste 201
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Ricardo Matinez
Acting Deputy Director
State of California
Department of General Services
Procurement Division
707 3rd Street, Floor 2
West Sacramento, CA 95605

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.