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Using the NIGP Code to facilitate risk-based procurement

The following is an excerpt from an article written by John Walters fro GovPro Media:

We manage risk every day without thinking about it. We watch the morning weather and pick out clothing. We decide which route to take to work. We decide to refinance our home. We choose a babysitter on Saturday night. In each case, we are managing risk by balancing price with both expected and unexpected results. We make some purchases without thinking, but for others we agonize and are cautious at each step. Read the rest of this entry »


Crank up the volume with NIGP codes

The following is an excerpt from an article written by John M. Mahin for GovPro Media:

Johnson County, Kan., is a growing and active community of more than 500,000 people who are engaged in a wide and diverse array of activities. The county’s per-capita income is high, and its residents are highly educated. This does not mean that we are without our share of problems; the county has to cope with criminal activity, mental health issues, developmentally challenged individuals, public health issues and every other type of challenge common to large population centers. Read the rest of this entry »


Texas City Improves Inventory Management

The following is an excerpt from a GovPro Media article:

The City of Houston’s Strategic Purchasing Division (SPD) in partnership with Periscope Holdings, Inc., implemented the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing’s (NIGP) 11-digit Commodity Coding system to ensure proper identification of materials. Read the rest of this entry »


Open Book Texas: A window on state spending

The following is an excerpt from an article written by John Walters for GovPro Media:

When Susan Combs took office as Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts in January 2007, she posed a seemingly simple question: “Where does all the money go?” Read the rest of this entry »


Planting seeds for a green Code

The following is an excerpt from an article written by John Walters for GovPro Media:

Keith Glatz, purchasing and contracts manager for the city of Tamarac, Fla., faced a dilemma. The city council had passed a citywide green initiative directing all departments to purchase green products whenever possible. While the goal of the green order was noble, the directive left a trail of questions for the purchasing department, such as: Read the rest of this entry »


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