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Cloud and Innovation

The Architecture of Innovation:  Utah’s ValuePoint Cloud Services Procurement “Collaboration is one of the best kept secrets in creativity.”  ̶̶   John Briggs, Fire in the Crucible (2000)   In 2017, the State of Utah won NASPO’s Cronin Award for Procurement Excellence for its ValuePointTM cloud solutions procurement.  The agreements cover the three cloud service models […]

Revisiting an Old Nemesis: Cost-Plus-A-Percentage-of-Cost Contracts

Revisiting an Old Nemesis: Cost-Plus-A-Percentage-of-Cost Contracts   We recently had a healthy discussion in NASPO ValuePoint about an old “nemesis” of procurement professionals.  The prohibition on cost-plus-a-percentage-cost (CPPC) contracts has been a bedrock principle in federal contracting for decades and was included in the ABA Model Procurement Code (MPC) for States and Local Government’s first […]

Gold Standard In Procurement

What the Gold Standard in Cooperative Procurement Means     Attaining the gold standard in cooperative procurement takes a lot of work. NASPO ValuePoint has grown to be the nation’s largest public cooperative contracting organization. And we do not take it lightly.   Keys to holding the gold standard cooperative status: Purchasing power of all 50 […]