As we begin a new year, NASPO welcomes our 2018 officers and board members, who officially assumed their new leadership roles on January 1 st. NASPO's 2018 President Michael Jones of Alabama is joined by our new President-Elect Christine Warnock of Washington, Secretary-Treasurer Carol Wilson of Connecticut and Immediate Past President Larry Maxwell of New Mexico. For a complete list of the 2018 NASPO Board of Directors click here. 

Top Ten Priorities for State Procurement & Companion List of Top Three Horizon Issues

For the first time, NASPO has added a list of the top three emerging issues, due to their potential impact on state procurement in 2018, in addition to the annual 
Top Ten Priorities list, which reflects core procurement issues important nationwide. 

For the second year in a row, state CPOs recognized the strategic role of state central procurement as their highest priority. Undertaking IT procurement transformation was ranked second highest, a significant jump from 7th place for this priority last year. Measuring success and performance metrics ranked third. Additionally, staying on top of IT procurement and emerging technologies, automation and data analytics will be critical in 2018 and the near future, as reflected by the IT-focused horizon issues ranked collectively by CPOs.

NASPO develops programs, conference sessions, research and publications around these state procurement priorities and horizon issues.

New Year, New Look
Old logo vs. New logo
NASPO launches a new logo in 2018

NASPO recently launched an updated look to kick off the new year. On January 3, NASPO rolled out a more modern logo and color palette to replace the previous logo, which had been in use since the 1990s.

The new logo is currently featured on the website, the NASPO Network, as well as NASPO's social media channels. Look soon for the logo to appear on all printed and promotional pieces, like the always popular NASPO-branded notepads and pens.

If you have not yet seen the new logo, we hope you will check it out!
Academic Forum
April 10-12, 2018

The 2018 Academic Forum will be hosted by Michigan State University, April 10-12, 2018, in East Lansing, Michigan. The forum will bring together academics and state procurement leaders to discuss common challenges faced in attracting and retaining qualified talent in the profession of state procurement.

Due to the collaborative nature of this event, participation is limited to NASPO-invited guests. You can read more information and view the agenda on the NASPO website . Registration for this event will close on Tuesday, March 6 at 11:59 pm EST.

Call for Proposals

NASPO REACH is designed to enhance the member experience for state central procurement staff by leveraging the collective experience across all four regions to expand the sharing of education, best practices and innovative approaches to state procurement. To facilitate this sharing among states, the REACH Work Group is introducing a Call for Proposals for breakout sessions during the conference. If your state has expertise to share in any specific topic areas, we want to feature you on the agenda. What a better way to share best practices than by showcasing the proactive solutions you have in your states? Share your ideas and submit your proposal by Friday, February 16th.

Have ideas for great networking activities for REACH? Click here to share your thoughts with the planning work group!

Cronin Web Series Presents Florida's Concierge Service for Contract Education
Thursday, February 8, 3:00-4:00pm EST

Presenter: Nicole Acosta, Category Manager for the Division of State Purchasing in the State of Florida

Please join us for the second webinar of the Cronin Finalist Webinar Series. Our presenter will be Nicole Acosta from the State of Florida delivering a presentation on their finalist submission for Concierge Service for Contract Education.
U.S. General Services Administration Schedule 70 and Schedule 84 are made available to states and local governments in order to take advantage of the buying power of the Federal government. The Department of Management Services Division of State Purchasing Concierge program provides training to Florida state agencies on how to use the GSA tools, revamped its website to provide instructions on accessing GSA Schedules and established a Concierge Team to assist customers. This program is a true partnership with GSA that involves direct participation of GSA representatives, a Department of Management Services and GSA shared communication system and rapid quality assurance feedback to GSA.
All Cronin Finalist Webinar Series attendees are eligible to receive a certificate of completion. 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 has been posted. If you missed out on these great and informative webinars, please feel free to watch them online .

Registration Open for CPPB & CPPO Prep Courses

Registration is open for Procurement U's Spring Prep Courses for the UPPCC CPPB and CPPO Exams. These prep courses are designed as a facilitated review of the UPPCC Body of Knowledge, and are intended to assist any public procurement professional preparing to take the certification exams. Each course will provide resources, discussion with CPPB and CPPO certified instructors, case studies, and assessment tools that allow participants to gauge their individual exam readiness, including exam practice questions designed to mirror the question writing process used by the UPPCC Course. Participants are expected to have acquired knowledge in each of the domain areas, through training, professional experience, and understanding of the practical application of the procurement process, so that these courses can help take that knowledge and prepare you for the exam.

To learn about these courses and to get registered, click here. Reach out to if you have questions regarding these courses.

Procurement U Launches New Learning Management System

On Monday, January 8, Procurement U launched its new Learning Management System (LMS) to accommodate the growing professional development needs of the states. The LMS is the website where you register and access all of Procurement U's online courses and in-person trainings. All new course registrations and new user accounts are now taking place on this new website, which can be accessed here.

If you previously had an account with Procurement U, you should have received an email on Monday, January 8, providing your temporary log-in information for the new website. You can use that temporary information to log in to the new website for the first time, and then you will be prompted to update your password to something more permanent. If you've never had an account with Procurement U before, then you will use the "Create Account" button at the link above to sign up.

If you have any courses currently in progress in the old LMS, the deadline to complete those without losing your progress is Friday, January 26. Any courses that are not completed in the old LMS will still be available to you in the new website, but you will lose any progress you have made through the course and will be required to start over.

Additionally, all course transcript information for completed courses will transfer over to the new LMS, so you won't lose any course completion history or access to certificates of completion.

Click here to view a short webinar demonstrating the features of the new system and how to access the information you need. If you have any questions, or cannot locate your temporary log-in information, reach o ut to or for assistance.
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