Sessions - Sunday, August 27 & Monday, August 28, 2017


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Vinh_Giang.jpgPlenary Session - 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

The Psychology of Illusion, The Power of Perspective

Agency-Based Networking Sessions - 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Canada - Stephanie Dion, CPPB, Procurement and Contracts Specialist, The City of Red Deer, Red Deer, AB and David Gower, CPPB, Procurement Manager, Saskatchewan Telecommunications, Regina, SK

Corrections - Janet Bolton, Business Services Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma City, OK and Sharon Brause, CPPO, CPPB, CPCP, City of Mesa, Mesa, AZ

Small and Medium Cities - Penny Owens, CPPO, Contract Manager, City of Knoxville, Knoxville, TN and Gary Holcomb, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M, Director of Procurement, Garland, TX

Large Cities - Diane Wetherington, CPPB, FCCM, Purchasing Agent III, City of Orlando, Orlando, FL and Kristy Garcia, CPPB, Procurement Officer, City of Mesa, Mesa, AZ

Small and Medium Counties - Brett Wood, CPPO, CPPB, Purchasing Manager, Placer County, Auburn, CA and Melinda Bobbitt, CPPO, CPPB, Director of Purchasing, Boone County Purchasing Department, Columbia, MD

Large Counties - Miriam Singer, CPPO, Chief Purchasing Officer & Sr. Assistant Director Internal Services, Miami-Dade County Internal Services Department, Miami, FL and Jack Pellegrino, Director of Purchasing and Contracting, County of San Diego, San Diego, CA

Higher Ed - Karen Gross, CPPB, CTPM, C.P.M, Manager, Supplier Diversity Programs, University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, Galveston, TX and LaDonna Purcell, CPPO, CPPB, Director of Procurement Services, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

Housing - Terry McKee, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., Information Technology & Procurement Director, Knoxville's Community Development Corp - The Public Housing & Redevelopment Authority, Knoxville, TN and Rita James, CPPB, Purchasing Agent, Metropolitan Development & Housing Authority, Nashville, TN

K-12 - Mina Kaeding, CPPO, CPPB, Ph.D., FCCM, Senior Procurement Officer, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, FL and Greg Goins, CPPO, CPPB, Procurement Coordinator, Newton County School System, Covington, GA

States - Barbara Layman, CPPO, CPPB, VCM, VCO, Procurement Management - Account Executive, Virginia Department of General Services, Richmond, VA and Stacy Gregg, CPPO, CPPB, Procurement Manager, State of South Carolina, Division of Procurement Services, Columbia, SC

Transportation - Mike Roberts, CPPO, CPPB, CMPA, IS Procurement Manager, Mississippi Department of Transportation, Jackson, MS and Jessica Mettle, CPPB, Deputy Director, Maryland Transportation Authority, Baltimore, MD

Utilities - Cleve Haddock, Procurement Coordinator, Greenville Utilities Commission, Greenville, NC and Felicia Holmes, CPPO, CPPB, MBA, Procurement Services Manager, Toho Water Authority, Kissimmee, FL

Concurrent Sessions - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Best Value Contracting: Lowest Bid Meets Its Match


Apples to Apples — or is it? "Lowest Bidder" is a logical strategy to use in situations where the offerings are exactly equal. But "all things being equal" happens less and less and "lowest bidder" no longer delivers the overall best value in our modern world. This session examines situations where the "lowest bidder" strategy fails and explains the advantages and tactics of using Best Value solutions in all phases of contracting.

Connecting and Linking In: A Deep Dive into Linked In

Many purchasing professionals have a Linkedln account, but are you using it to truly connect? Does it represent you as a procurement professional? Attend this session for a deep dive into Linkedln to learn best practices for setting up your profile, why a picture is important, connecting with your peers, connecting with suppliers, and the benefit of Linkedln Groups.

Contracting in The Clouds: How to Procure and Negotiate for Cloud-Based Technology

Governments are all witnesses to the latest evolution in public-sector focused software – the shift towards “cloud-based” technology. This innovation brings about much potential in the form of faster deployment, reduced risk, lower total cost, and reduction in ongoing maintenance efforts. “Cloud-based” or “software-as-a-service” is available for many functions and likely in use in your government in some form. This session will provide lessons learned, best practices, and strategies governments can use to improve software procurement efforts and develop an effective contract for these new technologies.

Improving the Customer Experience with Ask Laura: A Virtual Information Officer Case Study


Tasked with improving the customer service experience, the City of El Paso’s Purchasing Department decided to try something different – a Virtual Information Officer they named “Laura.” The interactive online feature “Ask Laura” provides users with a unique customer service experience by providing immediate information on the City’s procurement function and supplier resources. Hear the real story of how “Ask Laura” was created and learn about how she has significantly reduced the amount of time the Department utilizes in responding to frequently asked questions.

Knowledge to Practice: Learning from Great Procurement Teams



Teams are the life blood of organizations. Procurement professionals should learn and practice the disciplines of effective teams to help their organizations succeed. This interactive session will explore the discipline of team learning, going beyond basic performance review tools to explore a practical learning model that can be used for self-managed learning, training development and delivery, and for assessing others' training approaches

Making Sense of Data and Analytics

Data is all around us, and we are increasingly expected to use it to the advantage of our organizations. Whether it is better use of data in procurement or helping other departments buy data and analytics technology and services, you will be called upon one way or another to help make your organization more data driven. This session will help prepare you thrive in that reality.

Philadelphia’s Journey from Low Bid to Best Value


Under Mayor Kenney, the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (“CAO”) works to modernize City processes and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of City services. As part of this work, the CAOs Office and Procurement Department are working to move from the use of a lowest bidder system to the use of Best Value when considering contract awards. On May 16, 2017, Philadelphia voters approved a ballot measure to alter the City of Philadelphia’s Home Rule Charter to allow for this change. Attend this session to find out more about the City’s approach to getting the ballot measure passed and how Procurement will move forward with the implementation of this change.

Ready ... Set...Lead!


You are a top performer, but are you ready to lead a team? Join this dynamic session with hands-on exercises to review the skills that will prepare you for the next step in your career and help you develop into a great leader.

The Relationship Between Contract Administration Problems and Contract Type


The session illuminates the relationship found in current research between contract administration problems and contract types. We will discuss the research results and applications of this research. Using a sample project, you will come away from this session with the ability to identify typical contract administration problems and mitigation strategies using steps of the procurement cycle.

Products Expo - 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Monday, August 28, 2017

Barrett_GreenCircle.jpgPlenary Session - 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Procurement in States and Localities: A View from the Front Screen.jpg

Products Expo - 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions - 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

“Bee” in the Know: NIGP Instructor Conversation

New procedures, new faces, and new initiatives for NIGP—there is a lot to talk about. Join the conversation and hear about the next big thing. There will be time for questions and sharing tools, tips, and techniques.

Chameleon Contracting – Procuring Complex Technology Projects


Technology projects are becoming so complex that they are sometimes referred to as “Frankensteins.” In 2011, Harvard Business Review reported that 1 in 6 IT projects are “Black Swans,” with cost and schedule overruns. Public procurement officers are learning to adapt by applying new best practices to traditional procurement methods. In this interactive session, we will explore the public procurement best practices that are emerging and evolving to tame complex technology “Frankensteins” and avoid “Black Swans.”

Click to Respond: How Electronic Bid Submission Helps Your Suppliers

Boxes of old bid responses piled up everywhere? Alleviate the paper process with electronic bid submission! In this session, you will learn how electronic bid submission saves time, resources, and money for purchasing departments and suppliers by allowing bid proposals to be submitted online.

CPPO & CPPB Certifications – Information Session with UPPCC

Is 2017 your year? Join staff from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) for this informative session and discover what it takes to obtain your Certified Professional Public Officer (CPPO) and Certified Public Procurement Buyer (CPPB) credentials. Get answers to all your questions about eligibility, exam content and preparation, requirements for maintaining the credentials, and more.

Dare to Be Great – The Leadership Challenge in Public Procurement



Do you want to be recognized for the value you bring to your organization? What are the challenges to the next generation of Public Procurement professionals? This session aims to challenge you to become leaders in both your organization and the Public Procurement profession. Understanding how the Public Procurement landscape is changing is critical to your future success.

Legal Aspects in Public Procurement: Revisited



This interactive session will provide a space for attendees to learn about recent legal developments with the NIGP textbook Legal Aspects in Public Purchasing used as a framework. Attendees also will be exposed to current legal issues in requests for proposals and cooperative procurement. The session will provide an opportunity to share training approaches in the Legal Aspects course, as well as revisit and clarify key legal aspects of procurements and contracting.

Practical Considerations for Procurement under the Uniform Guidance


This session focuses on the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Part 200) and its impact on procurement at governmental organizations. Review background and overview of the Uniform Guidance (UG), learn the main challenges of the procurement standards, and take away procurement and grants management best practices to consider at your organization.

Revelations from the Benchmark Survey

In surveying, a "bench mark" is a post or other permanent mark established at a known elevation that is used as the basis for measuring the elevation of other topographical points. The 2016 Benchmarking Survey will give you the chance to find out how high your agency can soar as you measure and strategically utilize what you are doing best and where you can improve. This session breaks down the results of NIGP’s very influential 2016 benchmark report and how it can impact you.

The Supplier-Practitioner Connection: Adding Value to Procurement

Brought to you by The NIGP Business Council


Connect with The NIGP Business Council as they explain the various ways that suppliers can add value to every procurement, regardless of the procurement strategy an agency adopts. Whether the issue is sustainability, financial options, or socio-economic conditions, you will discover the benefits of how working with suppliers can help your procurement strategies lead to success. (This session will be repeated on Monday, August 28 at 3:00 PM.)

Concurrent Sessions - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Certification Jeopardy



If UPPCC certification is in your future, step up to the challenge at this exciting and entertaining session that mirrors the game show Jeopardy. CPPB and CPPO certification is a lofty endeavor for many public procurement professionals, and the path to get there requires the mastery and retention of valuable, detailed information on all facets of the procurement process. However, no one said you couldn’t have some fun along the way!

Chapter Issues: What Would You Do

Every chapter has similar issues that need to be solved, from meeting attendance to membership growth and beyond. Do you find yourself at a loss for solutions to these problems? Then come to this discussion session where we will work together in small groups to solve the problems posed in chapter-specific scenarios. Share your solutions and gather more ideas from other chapter leaders and volunteers on how to move past these common issues.

Doing the People’s Business: Key Competencies for Effective Public Procurement


While exploring the state of the public procurement, the Volcker Alliance and the Censeo Consulting Group identified twelve competencies needed by the workforce to be most effective in achieving outcomes. This session will explore the findings from the research, including the proposed competency model and gaps that persist across the public sector. This analysis is only a first step in evaluating both the demand for and supply public procurement education. Join the discussion to provide input and help pave a practical path for implementing the recommendations.

Job Order Contracting: What Works & What Doesn’t

Are you ready to learn the real “do’s and don’ts” that can enhance savings in your JOC program? Are you ready to implement your own program and need to know how? Don’t miss the opportunity to get the information you need to create cost savings in your purchasing program, while expediting renovation and repair projects for your facilities and infrastructure. Join this session to learn best practices in JOC!

Presentation Success: Dodging “Death by PowerPoint”


You’ve probably heard the expression “Death by PowerPoint.” People acknowledge it, laugh about it, and hate it when they are in an audience, yet many continue to be guilty of doing it themselves! How many times have you been bored, confused, or frustrated by ineffective, poorly designed PowerPoint presentations? Discover the secrets and best practices for creating and delivering your message in this session with a Certified Microsoft PowerPoint Expert and Master Instructor.

Public Procurement: Successful Experience in Ukraine and Best Practices For Good Governance in the USA

In this session, Ukrainian non-governmental sector and researchers are ready to share the successful experience and best practices of e-Procurement that was shortlisted during two nominations for the World Procurement Award in Paris and London. Due to the transparency, high efficiency, and usability, it was openly announced by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as a possible model for e-procurement reform with a unique architecture and philosophy that can be shared with the global community.

Smart Cities Need Smart Procurement


The Internet of Things, smart payment technologies, video surveillance networks, EdTech... These aren't just buzzwords anymore; they represent the next generation of goods and services. Public purchasers will be expected to become experts in these new technologies — and fast. The session breaks down what it means to be a "smart city" (or county or school or university) and then explores how to procure the components to make one.

The Supplier-Practitioner Connection: Adding Value to Procurement

Brought to you by The NIGP Business Council


Connect with The NIGP Business Council as they explain the various ways that suppliers can add value to every procurement, regardless of the procurement strategy an agency adopts. Whether the issue is sustainability, financial options, or socio-economic conditions, you will discover the benefits of how working with suppliers can help your procurement strategies lead to success. (This is a repeat session. First session offered Monday, August 28 at 1:45 PM.)

Taking Cooperative Procurement to the Next Level: What is Your Strategy?

While most purchasing teams understand the concept of cooperative purchasing, they might not have a cooperative strategy. Discover the five key ways to use a cooperative contract, the due diligence questions that need to be asked, and how to leverage your knowledge into a road map that will work for your organization's needs. With a strategy session and a diverse panel of procurement leaders sharing their insight, this session will take your cooperative knowledge to the next level!

Concurrent Sessions - 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

A Beginner's Guide to Writing Specifications for Service Solicitations



Many procurement professionals would agree that some of the most painful lessons and contract controversies could have been avoided through careful planning, consideration, or anticipation during specification development. Come share some of the lessons you have learned and receive tips that will help you avoid potential challenges in future service contracts.

Digital Signatures – It’s About Time


The use of digital signatures is common place in the private sector, commercial transactions, and even when applying to universities. But how can public procurement transition away from the pen to implementing and taking advantage of the efficiencies available using digital signatures? This session will provide you with an overview of the different types of digital signatures/certificates, the methods and technology solutions available, and, most importantly, the requirements that make digital signatures legally binding.

Diversity Town Hall Meeting

The focus of this year’s Diversity Town Hall Meeting is increased diversity in volunteer leadership within NIGP Chapters and the Institute overall. Listen to engaging speakers who have applied their procurement skills and knowledge not only within their own Chapters, but also by volunteering in Leadership roles within NIGP. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, have limited time to spare, or are looking for something a little more involved, you can be a valuable asset to NIGP and the Public Procurement community!

Don't Hit Send Yet: Best Practices for Intra-Office & Supplier Email Communications

Need to email bidders of an upcoming pre-bid meeting? Inviting vendors to a reverse trade show for your local NIGP chapter? Don't hit the send button until you know how to make the most of your email communications! Learn the best practices to start communicating with suppliers, team members, agency staff, and other professionals like a pro.

Killing Two Birds with One Stone - Planning Your Procurement Education Wisely

Training and education have become firm bedrock for professionals in the procurement industry. Advancing without them is nearly impossible. But that doesn't mean they have to be painful or overly expensive. This session provides important considerations and new developments for procurement professionals' career planning.

Microsoft Excel Tips and Tricks Everyone Should Know


Microsoft Excel is packed with features designed to help you create, edit, and format a wide range of worksheet projects. With all its power, many Excel shortcuts, tips, and techniques are not obvious or intuitive. Join this session with a certified Microsoft Excel Expert to find out how to simplify actions in Excel and learn the steps and shortcuts to quickly and easily get your work done.

PurchIssues: Live

You read the questions daily and wait to learn the answer which may take days. Join this “live” session and find out what others are asking and together frame an answer.

Conversations That Connect: Retirement: It’s a Journey not a Destination

If you have stopped buying but are still engaged and enjoying the NIGP community, this session is for you. Join other retirees to share thoughts on what was, what is. and what can be.

Where Big Data & Procurement Data Meet

What is all the buzz about big data? Can your organization improve its performance and strategic thinking using procurement data and big data? Explore the origin, meaning, and use of big data. Learn how it supports and links to procurement data and the ultimate achievement of procurement excellence.

Concurrent Sessions - 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Social Event - The Leonardo

NIGP Forum | August 27 - 30, 2017 | Salt Lake City, Utah

The largest educational conference exclusively for public procurement professionals