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Join Us at NIGP Forum 2014 for NIGP Code: Maximize Your Utilization

The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) will be holding its annual Forum in Philadelphia on August 23-27, 2014. On Monday, August 25th at 10:00AM, Periscope Holdings, the custodian of the NIGP Code, will conduct a session for active NIGP Code customers.

As data is a key in the development of a high performance, purpose-based procurement operation, the future direction and application of the NIGP Code is expanding to meet the demands. This session will provide a roadmap for the strategic direction of the NIGP Code and an opportunity to share new ideas and techniques currently being deployed that can assist in maximizing your organization’s use of the NIGP Code.

Please mark your calendar for this important session and stop by the Periscope Holdings Booth #506 or the NIGP Services Pavilion #501 during the Products Expo. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!

NIGP Code Identifies “Environmentally Certified” Products

Did you know that the NIGP Commodity and Services Code is the most widely used commodity/services code in the public sector and is utilized by 1400 governmental entities, including 30 states?

In recent years, the NIGP Code has gone green by classifying items that fit  sustainable procurement and providing a tool for reporting on green spend.  The Code now identifies “environmentally certified” products, which have been set up as a green counterpart of standard classes. There is a set of 10 initial Class Code selections that cover everything from computer accessories to janitorial supplies to paper products.  This initial set of codes was deter­mined by a Green Code Committee that was made up of representatives from states, cities, counties, schools, and Green Seal.

Code subscribers are currently utilizing the codes in their reporting of Sustainable Procurement and/or Environmentally Preferable Purchasing initiatives. You can read about the State of Maryland’s innovative Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) initiative here.

Today the Periscope Team is proud to be at the Maryland Green Purchasing Committee’s Summer Conference in Linthicum Heights, MD, a conference and expo for public purchasers.

Upcoming Deadlines for Evolve ‘14!

Register now for Evolve ‘14 to take advantage of reduced pricing for a limited time! Both the $385 Early Bird Registration rate and the $108 per night Hyatt Regency Lost Pines discounted room rate will end on Friday, March 21, 2014. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join other procurement industry professionals in learning ways to transform processes into strategic practices that eradicate waste and maximize value in the public sector.

*Click here to register for Evolve ‘14.

*Click here to book your reservation at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines.

For more information, please contact Kara Siepierski at ksiepierski@periscopeholdings.com or 512-666-9381.

Leading Procurement Practitioner Takes on New Role in NIGP Consulting Program

Austin, TX, February 27, 2014 – Matt Walker, President of NIGP Code and NIGP Consulting Services, announced today that Jean Clark, FNIGP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPPB, CPM, will join NIGP Consulting as its Director of Procurement Transformation Services, effective March 5, 2014.

Clark has been brought on to assume the responsibilities of coordinating, managing, and further expanding the NIGP Consulting program and finding additional avenues to promote its services to public procurement entities. Additionally, she will oversee consultant development and evaluation, quality assurance, and financial management of the program, while participating in project preparation, consultant assignment, and marketing efforts.

“My ongoing mission as a procurement professional is to assist public sector organizations in achieving enhanced efficiency and transparency through procurement operations,” said Clark. “I look forward to continuing fulfillment of this objective through my relationship with NIGP, and I’m thrilled to join the consulting team and have this opportunity to strengthen the program and maximize the effectiveness of its services.”

Clark holds over 30 years of experience in state and local government procurement. Her extensive background covers a broad spectrum of procurement reform services, including inventory management, system automation and implementation, project management, policies and procedures, organizational dynamics, strategic planning, and staff development and leadership. She served as the Chief Procurement Officer at the Arizona State Procurement Office for 10 years before retiring in early 2014.

Other career highlights include a current position as Treasurer of the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council. In 2012, Clark was named Government Public Policy Leader of the Year by the Arizona Capitol Times and earned NIGP’s premier honor to receive the Albert H. Hall Award. Clark was further recognized for her agency’s transformation of procurement practices, garnering the 2011 NIGP Innovation Award for her hard work and support in revolutionizing procurement. Her procurement leadership is further reflected through her former positions as President of the NIGP Board of Directors and President of the National Electronic Commerce Council Board of Directors.

“We at NIGP Consulting understand the unique challenges faced by public entities and are passionate about improving processes and driving cost savings through procurement transformation,” said Walker. “I am confident that having Jean Clark in this new role will play an integral part in achieving the continued growth of this program. She is a true leader in the industry, and we are excited and lucky to have her join us.”


The NIGP Consulting Program (www.nigp.com) is proven to align business practices to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness of procurement operations in the public sector. It provides knowledgeable consulting on procurement strategy, organizational structure and issues, relevant benchmarking, process reviews, and best practices identification. Services include procurement reviews, business process reviews, strategic planning, policy review and development, and organizational/resource assessments.

The program offers an unparalleled level of expertise in the procurement industry. All consultants are certified public procurement professionals and possess an abundance of knowledge and leadership experience through direct roles in procurement. Key NIGP Consulting offerings include reviews and recommendations around: Enabling legislation, organization and staffing, management reporting and forecasting, interdepartmental relationships, benchmarking and best practices, performance evaluation, purchasing policies and procedures, records management, purchasing system/technology preparedness, and project management.

NIGP Consulting clients include the State of Arkansas, the cities of San Antonio, Palo Alto, and North Miami Beach, the counties of Sarasota, Milwaukee, and Lee, the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, and the Austin Independent School District.

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Evolve ‘14 Agenda Topics Announced – Register Now!

Join us April 21-23, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines near Austin, TX as we discuss valuable solutions for evolving processes to maximize efficiency and increase savings! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to collaborate with other industry professionals nationwide to help shape the future of procurement! The agenda for Evolve ’14 will feature beneficial sessions and best practice training presented by knowledgeable speakers and established public sector leaders. Former Governor of Pennsylvania Edward Rendell will deliver a powerful keynote presentation to kick off the event. Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies interested in exhibiting their products and services at a two-day partner expo during the conference. Certificates for continuing education credits will also be provided to those who attend.

Key topics include:

  • Future State – Strategic Sourcing 2.0
  • Procurement Transformation with eProcurement
  • Procurement Intelligence 1.0 – NIGP Code-Based Business Intelligence and Comparative Spend Analytics
  • Procurement Revolution – Process Improvement and Master Data Management
  • Data-Driven Approach to Improving Opportunities for Small Businesses
  • Give New Life to Your Legacy Systems
  • A CPPO Refresher – Let’s Play Jeopardy!
  • BuySpeed University
  • NIGP Code Training

Register now at evolve.periscopeholdings.com to receive the discounted Early Bird rate! The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines is offering rooms at an affordable $108 per night. Please click here to make your reservation online.

*Both Early Bird Registration and the reduced hotel reservation rate will expire on Friday, March 21, 2014.

For questions regarding Evolve ’14 or to request sponsorship information, please contact Christi Becker at 512-666-9422 or cbecker@periscopeholdings.com.

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