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New NIGP.com “Living Code” Site Launches Tomorrow!


Tomorrow we are launching a new site for the
NIGP.com “Living Code.” We are confident you will enjoy the new and improved site!


Why are we launching a new site for the online Code?
As you know, Periscope Holdings serves as the custodian of the NIGP Commodity/Services Code. In this role, we are responsible for supporting and maintaining the Code. Based on user feedback and an ongoing drive toward more efficient product support, we are launching a new NIGP Code site with updated technology and a cleaner user interface. Our goal is to make NIGP.com more intuitive and user friendly for you.

What does this mean for you?
We are working hard to make this a seamless transition. When you visitnigp.com tomorrow and log in to the Code with your existing user name and password, you will be on the new site. You will experience the same search and download functionality, but you will notice easier editing of users, agency maintenance, and password reset functionality. We think you will love the new drop down menus, as well as the clean look of the site.

If you have any questions about the new site and its functionality, please contact NIGP Code Support at 1-800-757-6064 or support<at>nigp.com. We look forward to your feedback about the new “Living Code” site!


What is Driving the Need for Technology Investment in the Public Sector?

The Center for Digital Government recently released the results of its Improving Government Performance Research Survey. One of the questions this study explored is: What is driving the need for technology investment?

Here are the highlights:

  • 74% ~ The need to do more with fewer resources
  • 70% ~ Rising expectations of the public
  • 60% ~ The demand to deliver more services
  • 49% ~ Budget pressures
  • 34% ~ Rising expectations of employees
  • 19% ~ Impending employee retirement

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As a company that is focused on eradicating waste and maximizing the value of every dollar spent by our public sector clients, we hear these responses often as agencies explore the purchase of a procurement transformation software and services. The professionals at the cities, counties, states, special districts, and universities we talk with are not thinking about how to make incremental improvements to their procurement operations; they are focused on transforming procurement by implementing technology. In many cases, they are driven by all of the factors listed above.

What is the driving force behind technology investment in your organization? What challenges are you facing as you make the case for innovation?

Read more from the Center for Digital Government’s Improving Government Performance Research Report here.


2 Must-Read GovPro Magazine Articles

The August/September 2014 issue of Government Procurement Magazine is now available online! We’re excited to share two of the must-read articles in this issue.

1. The Hot Topics article entitled “Purpose Transforms Public Procurement” by Matt Walker, Periscope’s President of NIGP Code & Consulting Services on page 4, explores how public procurement has evolved over the years and challenges public procurement professionals to invest time in understanding their organization’s purpose.

2. The Best Practices article entitled “A Good Fit: Working with Potential Bidders Improves Buying Processes and Outcomes” on page 12 was crafted from the content of the NIGP Business Council White Paper, Everybody Wins: Crafting a Bid that Fosters Transparency, Best Value, and Collaborative Partnership. It includes 10 recommendations based on the solicitation review experience of the members of the NIGP Business Council.

Click here to read the entire issue online now!


Congratulations, NIGP Award Winners!

The Periscope Holdings’ team would like to congratulate all 2014 NIGP AWARD WINNERS, who were honored at NIGP Forum in Philadelphia.

Individual Award Winners ~ Learn more about NIGP’s individual awards here:

The Albert Hall Award, NIGP’s Highest Honor
Ed Grant, CPPO, CPPB, RPPO
Retired – Cape May County, NJ

Professional Buyer of the Year
Stacy Gregg, CPPO, CPPB
Richland County School District One

Manager of the Year
Denise Schneider, CPPO, C.P.M., CPPB, C.M.
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

Distinguished Service Awards
Stephanie Creed, CPPO, CPPB ~ City of Olathe, KS
Bill Davis, CPPO ~ City of Virginia Beach, VA
Barb Johnson, CPPO, CPPB, MPA ~ Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections

Anne Deatherage Meritorious Award
Carrie Woodell, MPA, CPPO, CPPB, CFCM, C.P.M., A.P.P.
Orange County – FL

Spirit Award – Champion of Faith
LaWann Terry
NIGP

Spirit Award – Champion of Chapters
Debbie Kaminski, CPPB
Fort Bend County, TX

Chapter Award Winners ~ Learn more about chapter awards here:

Small Chapter Award
Columbia Chapter of NIGP

Medium Chapter Award
Central Florida Chapter of NIGP

Large Chapter Award
Arizona State Capitol Chapter of NIGP

Extra Large Chapter Award
Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.

Measure Up Award
Washington State Department of Transportation (for the 3rd year in a row!)

You can flip through the NIGP Awards Gala Program here, which features additional details about the honorees and finalists.

Congratulations to all of the public procurement professionals and chapters that were recognized for their accomplishments!


Sustainable Procurement Series: How You Can Take Action

Welcome to the fourth and final post in our Sustainable Procurement Series for public sector and higher education procurement professionals. We are exploring sustainable procurement, why it matters, how Periscope’s purpose intersects with it, examples of sustainable procurement in action, and how you can take action. Come back next Friday for the final post in this series. Click here to read the first post in this series, here to read the second post, and here to read the third post.

Today’s post explores how you can take action in bringing a Sustainable Procurement strategy to your organization.

Hopefully, this blog series has sparked an interest in taking steps toward more sustainable procurement processes within your organization.

What steps can your organization take to make procurement more sustainable? The Responsible Purchasing Network highlights 10 Steps to Starting a Sustainable Purchasing Program, which we have outlined below.

1. Assemble a Sustainable Purchasing Team
- Identify key players and other resources
- Assign responsibilities
- Get input early from end-users and other stakeholders
- Get support from the top

2. Establish a process for working together
- Create goals, a timeline and a meeting schedule

3. Define the scope of the sustainable procurement initiative(s)
- Target environmental problems to solve under the program
- Review existing policy drivers and practices
-  Adopt or revise your Sustainable Procurement Policy, if needed

4. Prioritize contracts to change
- Look for products with greatest impact
-  Identify low-hanging fruit (including products for which there are existing specifications, certifications or cooperative purchasing opportunities)
- Determine contract re-bid schedule

5. Research environmentally preferable alternatives
- Evaluate availability, price, environmental attributes and performance of potential substitutes
- Conduct pilot tests with end-users, if desirable or necessary
- Develop a strategy for incorporating environmental considerations into your bid solicitation process

6. Revise bid specifications
- Identify potential vendors of products that meet your specifications and solicit their feedback
- Develop bid specifications, bid forms, and bid evaluation criteria
-Develop contract language for information disclosure, product take-back, packaging requirements, etc.

7. Evaluate bids
- Assess both mandatory requirements and desirable attributes
- Issue new contracts

8. Advertise the availability of sustainable products on new contracts
- Educate using web sites, “list serves,” purchasing bulletins, EPP guides
- Publicize through Cooperative Purchasing Programs
- Inform end-users about existing environmental policies and goals
-Encourage vendors to educate and market environmental goods and services

9. Get feedback from end-users
- Address problems as soon as they arise

10. Track and publicize successes
- Quantify economic and environmental benefits
- Celebrate and reward participants!
- Identify obstacles and additional work to be done

Consider how your efforts in procurement can drive change throughout your organization. What steps are you taking to drive sustainable procurement initiatives within your organization?

Additional Resources to assist you in preparing for a sustainable procurement initiative:
Thank you for being part of our Sustainable Procurement Series! We would love to hear about your sustainable procurement efforts and challenges — feel free to comment on this post or tweet @PeriscopeHldgs to continue the conversation.


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