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Author: National Association of State Procurement Officials

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Join the NASPO Pulse Podcast as we examine emerging public procurement issues and hear diverse opinions on a broad range of topics from procurement professionals, strategic partners, and industry leaders. Host Kevin Minor brings you the conversations state procurement officials need to hear.
22 Episodes
In our season 1 finale, we interview George Schutter, Chief Procurement Officer for D.C. and 2020 NASPO President. We discuss George's role in the district pre/post COVID-19 and the challenges his jurisdiction is facing. We also examine his year as NASPO president, and the accomplishments made in the face of uncertainty. 
 In part III of our interview with NASPO CLO Dianne Lancaster, we conclude the conversation on the importance of teaching Public procurement at the college level. We get Dianne's take on the matter of experience, as well as certification.
 In part II of our conversation with NASPO CLO Dianne Lancaster, we discuss a Chief Learning Officer's responsibilities and the importance of building relationships with academia. Dianne reflects on NASPOS's higher education initiatives, drives home the significance of continuous education.
In the first part of this three-part series, we talk with NASPO Chief Learning Officer Dianne Lancaster. In part one, we discuss Dianne’s career, how she got into public service, and the history and evolution of the procurement profession. Be on the lookout for part two and three of Dianne’s interview coming November 3rd. 
We talk with Erica Mackellar, Program Principle for the National Conference of State Legislatures & Shelby Kerns, Executive Director of the National Association of State Budget Officers. We discuss tools and strategies states may be looking at for fiscal recovery, the fiscal year 2020 projects both pre and post COVID-19, the role the Central Procurement Office plays in state budgets, and more!
We talk with Meghan Holmlund, Chief Procurement Officer for the state of Montana. We discuss her office's efforts to maximize statewide eProcurement utilization and functionality and training and certification programs. 
We're talking with Dr. Kevin Snyder. Dr. Snyder is (among other things) a motivational speaker who is delivering the keynote presentations at NASPO's 2020 Annual Conference. We discuss organizing your thought process amidst uncertainty and avoiding "head trash." Dr. Snyder gives us a sneak peek into what he'll be talking about during his presentation!Dr. Snyders
We talk with Dr. Howell, Associate Professor of Government and Public Administration about practical approaches for implementing mandatory changes to policy and procedures from executive or legislative action, managing relationships with elected officials, and advocating for your office.CLICK HERE to view the webinar: Four Strategies for Effecting Change in Government Agencies.
Jesse Marks, Procurement Bureau Chief of Goods and Services for the State of Florida, explains Market Analysis and Procurement Strategy or MAPS. We discuss how MAPS can help to ensure historical mapping of your procurement, reduces the chance of losing institutional knowledge, and sets a defensible position for selecting the method of purchasing. Click here to watch a recording of the Market Research Panel Webinar: Utilizing Analysis Tools to Acquire Best Value featuring Jesse.
As NASPO's first-ever virtual conference draws near, we speak with Laurie Brown of Laurie Brown Communications. Laurie has been doing speaking and training for over 20 years. She is a CSP (certified speaking professional), as well as a certified virtual presenter. We ask Laurie for some best practices for virtual training attendees.  We also try to gain insight for those of you who have recently attempted to design an online resource.Laurie's website:
In the first episode, the 2021 NASPO Board of Directors President-Elect special series, we talk with  Bob Gleason, Chief Procurement Officer for the State of Maryland, and Peter Korolyk, Deputy Director for Government Support Services in the Office of Management and Budget for the State of Delaware.
Were talking to the 2021 NASPO Board of Directors President-Elect candidates. In the second episode of this series, we feature Jaime Schorr, Chief Procurement Officer in the Division of Purchases from the State of Maine, and Delbert Singleton, Division Director for Procurement Services in the State Fiscal Accountability Authority Division of Procurement Services for the State of South Carolina. 
We check in with Sarah Hilderbrand, Chief Operations Officer, for NASPO ValuePoint. We take a look at how their lead state model benefits government purchasing, and the work NVP has been doing to support states during the pandemic. We also discuss lessons learned and the ongoing communications between public and private entities, academic partners, and other agencies that are a part of the supply chain council.
In this episode, we discuss the importance of partnership and communication with the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices Director, Tim Blute. We ask Tim about the role of the CPO and how Governors can support them through the pandemic. Got a comment? An idea for an episode? Email, we would love to hear from you!
We discuss eProcurement with NASPO's Chief Information Officer, Bob Sievert. Bob talks about eProcurement then, and now, how COVID-19 has affected states' desires to implement a system, and how NASPO can assist states who want to understand eProcurement better. Make sure to check out Bob's webinar, eProcurement: What It Is & What It Isn't, Tuesday, June 10th at 3:00 pm ET. Register for that HERE. Got a comment? We would love to hear from you—email
We discuss fraud with Deputy Assistant Director John Jimenez of the FBI. During the coronavirus pandemic, chief procurement officials and their staff have been at the forefront in finding PPE and other critical items for their states. Unfortunately, due to the high demand and quick turnaround, fraud is at an all-time high. In this episode, we discuss the role state procurement has played in collecting PPE, fraud risk, mitigation techniques, the importance of reporting, and more! Welcome special guest, NASPO Director of Membership Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, Olivia Hook Frey, and 2020 NASPO President and CPO for the District of Columbia, George Schutter. Got a comment? An idea for an episode? Email, we would love to hear from you!Resources:NASPO Blog Members email for assistance
We talk with Dr. Zhaohui Wu, a professor of supply chain and operations management at Oregon State University. We discuss strategy, priority, building compacity for regional networks of supply chains, and the current dialogue between states and the private sector. Want to share your thoughts? Email, we’d love to hear from you. Resources:NASPO Blog: Forward-facing COVID-19 related information: NASPO Membership: email for assistance
We interview the current Chair of the Board of Directors (Kathleen Muretti) and the Executive Director (Ann Peshoff) of the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC).  We discuss the history of UPPCC, why receiving and maintaining certification is a vital part of the procurement profession, and the importance of the 2020 jobs analysis survey. Click here to take the UPPCC Job Analysis Survey 
Part 2 of our interview with Jaime Schorr, CPO for the state of Maine. We discuss her role on the NASPO Board of Directors, research resources, why a podcast for procurement professionals is valuable, and her take on the future of public procurement. Click here to download the 2020 Top 10 Priorities for State Procurement
Jaime Schorr, Chief Procurement Officer for the state of Maine, discusses her experience in procurement, how the supply chain is reacting to the worldwide pandemic, and how her staff is adapting to working from home. Make sure to email us a!Resources: NASPO Blog Members email for assistance
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