Carrie Woodell President Carrie Woodell, MPA, CFCM, CPPO, C.P.M., FCPM

Planning for the 48th Annual Conference and Trade Show is well under way. We have secured three amazing Keynote Speakers who will kick off each day with an insightful and inspirational message for our delegates.

The Conference registration form is available on the website and I encourage you to take advantage of the early-bird registration rate before April 3, 2015. For those of you who will be traveling from out of town, hotel accommodations can made at the Rosen Centre Hotel. We have provided a link on the website for you to book online. To take advantage of our negotiated rate, you will need to secure your reservation no later than Friday, April 17, 2015.

More details will be posted to the website as we near the Conference date. I highly encourage you to attend as we strive to Elevate Our Professionalism.



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NIGP Diversity and Ethics Essays

The NIGP Diversity and Ethics Essay Awards were presented to FAPPO Vice President, Joe Benjamin, CPPO, CPPB, FCCM. The award is granted to public procurement professionals who articulate the awareness of diversity and ethical issues within the procurement profession. Mr. Benjamin’s essays will be published in an upcoming issue of NIGP’s Government Procurement magazine.


A candidate for office must be a Regular member, in good standing, for a minimum of three (3) of the last five (5) years. A candidate for office must hold a professional procurement, contract administration, or materials management certification from a universally recognized professional association at the time of election to any office, and must retain said certification for the duration of any and all terms of office. A Candidate must have served as Chair for one of the following FAPPO Committees: FAPPO Bucks, Finance, Professional Development, Special Event/Banquet, Trade Show. Candidate must have their entity's support as evidenced by a letter from their supervisor included with the nomination form. You may nominate yourself or have someone nominate you!

ESSAY CONTEST “Elevating our Professionalism”

As in all professions, Public Procurement Officials want our industry members recognized and viewed as professionals at what we do. FAPPO as well as other Public Procurement Organizations have made great strides in promoting this effort in recent years. Moving forward, what should Public Procurement Officials be doing to make this a known reality? How should we, as government agency officials conduct ourselves within the profession? What should Public Procurement organizations be doing to “Elevate our Professionalism”?


The FAPPO organization and its members have made a commitment to respect and to provide equitable treatment to all the procurement professionals, constituents, internal customers and external customers. FAPPO recognizes the range of differences among all those that procurement professionals have interaction including their value and contributions from each. The Diversity Essay should address why inclusiveness and respect for diversity is important to the Public Procurement profession. What are the implications of diversity for the profession; in your office, entity, vendor relations and/or customer relations?


FAPPO is accepting proposals for presentations for the 2015 Annual Conference to be delivered to the membership during its 48th Annual Conference May 17, 2015 through May 20, 2015. The deadline to submit proposals is November 14, 2014.

NCPPC Identifies Position Domains

The National Council for Public Procurement and Contracting (NCPPC) is pleased to publish the results of its study, Identifying Position Domains in Public Sector Procurement: Towards the Establishment of Standardized Job Descriptions for the Profession. The results of this study provide an analytical framework for identifying standardized position classifications within the industry.

State Purchasing Extends Certifications

The Division of State Purchasing’s professional development section is currently evaluating all of the certification programs it offers for public procurement professionals. The programs are being reviewed and revised to ensure that they meet all statutory requirements and reflect the best practices of public procurement. This comprehensive process is estimated to take up to eighteen months. To ensure that certification holders are not adversely affected, the Division is implementing a plan to address certifications that will be impacted by this process.