• 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.

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    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. 

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    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.  
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    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.