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April 2023

Certification Support Available

If you are preparing for a certification exam, take advantage of NAPSO’s self-study tools and UPPCC’s NEW CPPB and CPPO practice tests. To access these resources, create an account with NASPO’s Procurement U LMS.

NASPO is also pleased to reimburse CPPB and CPPO application and examination fees to those who pass their certification test. Reimbursement will continue while funding is available.

Together we’re elevating the public procurement profession!

Penn State Sprint April Offering:

Optimizing Distribution Network Strategy
April 10 – 14

Distribution Network Strategies work to achieve the lowest distribution costs by balancing the numbers, sizes, and locations of facilities while also achieving exceptional levels of customer service. 

Learn how underperforming distribution centers, rising fuel prices, expansion into new regions, and other related factors can impact distribution. Participants will examine these factors as they research one area of their company’s distribution network and consider how its performance might be improved.

If you want to register or have questions, please email Shaquasia Barksdale by April 6. Participants need approval from their Primary Member.

Upcoming Procurement U Course

U.S. Construction Procurement
May 1 – 19

Join your public procurement peers as we dive into the modern construction world! This three-session course covers the common types of construction, their delivery models, and the best methods for their procurement.

This course is FREE of charge to you and offers eight contact hours. Please reach out to the Procurement U team with any questions.

Upcoming Events

NASPO Exchange
April 4 – 6
Salt Lake City, UT

July 17 – 19
Cleveland, OH
Registration opens in mid-April

NASPO will provide six complimentary registrations for each state. Primary Members are welcome to attend using one of the six registrations. All state members need Primary Member approval to attend.

*Registration Open

The RoSP is Public

Have you visited our Repository of State Practices (RoSP)? The newly public database houses state procurement statutes, regulations, and policies for all 50 states and U.S. territories. Please share this resource with your procurement community.

Regional Chairs and Vice-Chairs Spotlight

We will get to know our Regional Chairs and Vice-Chairs in the months leading up to the 2023 NASPO REACH Conference. Starting us off is the Midwestern Region!

Stacia Dawson, State of Missouri
Midwestern Regional Council Chair

What is the most interesting part of public procurement for you?
“It is interesting how much we get to understand about the operations and functions of all of the various agencies throughout the state. Whether it is administering state assessments for school children, how pharmacy services are provided for our veterans in our veteran homes, or food services at correctional facilities, we get to learn so many things about how our state operates!”

Genevieve Hayes, State of Michigan
Midwestern Regional Council Vice-Chair 

What is the top priority for your state procurement office for 2023?
”To increase our spend with Geographically-Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.”
What is your advice for working with other agencies in the state?
“To learn as much as you can about their business processes.”


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