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State Buyer Training

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  • For the Introduction to Public Procurement class, please register directly with
  • For all NIGP courses scheduled:
    • We will collect the registration.
    • You can register for one class or all of the classes at the same time (preferred, as some classes fill up quickly).
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  • Specific training room sites will be announced as we fill the classes.
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Training Schedule:
August 2014 through April 2015

Contract Administration

Date Location Site Duration Certification UPPC Points CEU Units Min Attend Instructor Cost Notes
Oct 28-30, 2014 Boise TBD 3 day 24 hrs 3 2.2 10 Kirk Buffington $635.00 FULL

This class is designed for contract managers at every level. Contract managers with significant experience will find the material to be useful, as it examines contract administration in the context of 21st century contract challenges. Material addresses contracting from a global perspective, i.e. unique statutes and/or regulations may be mentioned; however the material transcends state or national level interest by offering a look at the process and best practices that have application regardless of unique laws and regulations that may govern within a particular jurisdiction.

  • Identify and define terms, concepts and principles of the contract administration process
  • Describe the steps needed to design, develop and formulate the CAP and PAP
  • Given a contractual problem or issue describe an appropriate remedy
  • Identify and define contract modification types, uses and applications
  • Describe dispute resolution methods
  • Describe how contract administration can be continually improved to enhance contract performance in accordance with the commonly accepted practices of the profession.

Covers: Parameters and Value of Contract Mint, Considerations, Planning Performance, Teams Roles and Responsibilities, Contract Activities, Inspection and Acceptance, Modifications, Deliverables, Disputes, Appeals, Payments., Termination and Close out.

Kirk Buffington is Director of the Department of Procurement Services for the City of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Mr. Buffington has served as President of the Florida Association of Public Purchasing Officers, and became President of NIGP on July 1, 2008. In addition to his activities with NIGP. Mr. Buffington has also served the National Purchasing Institute, NPI,. Mr. Buffington has co-authored the new NIGP LEAP text “The Legal Aspects of Purchasing” and has published numerous articles in the NIGP Tech Bulletin, and various articles concerning Procurement Case Law in the state and local NIGP and FAPPO newsletters.

Protests and Disputes: What's a Buyer to Do?

Date Location Site Duration Certification UPPC Points CEU Units Min Attend Instructor Cost Notes
Nov 5, 2014 Meridian ISP 1 day 8 hrs 1 0.75 10 TBD $285.00 Confirmed

You followed every policy, regulation and procedure to determine a contract award. Regardless, it happened to you – a protest! Take it one step at a time to understand the nature of a protest and its nuances, which are contributing factors. This lively seminar will provide an opportunity to discuss real live examples, determine root causes, predict opinions, and execute improved processes.

  • Define what a protest is 
  • Discuss ways to reduce the probability of a protest 
  • Explain how to respond to a protest
  • Understand what protest is 
  • Learn to distinguish between kinds of protests
  • Learn how to reduce the potential for protest 
  • Learn how to effectively "debrief" with "non-award" vendors
  • Learn what to do if you receive protest
  • Learn how to formally respond to protest
  • Learn to eliminate the emotion related to protest
  • Review and discuss some case studies of protests



Performance Measurement, Metrics & Management Strategies

Date Location Site Duration Certification UPPC Points CEU Units Min Attend Instructor Cost Notes
Dec 3, 2014 Meridian ISP 1 day 8 hrs 1 0.75 15 John Miller $285.00 Confirmed

Performance Management, Measurement and Metric Strategies in Public Procurement is a results based management system that is used to guide the selection, development and ongoing use of performance measures and metrics within public procurement. This course provides the requisite skill set necessary to effectively implement the process within the public procurement operation. Performance Management, Measurement and Metric strategies enable procurement to develop goals, targets and implement best practices that assure the attainment of agreed upon strategic outcomes and improve operational effectiveness.

  • Reinforce the fundamental principles and practices of Performance Management
  • Outline the relationship between management and measurement.
  • Identify the procurement areas to be assessed using performance measurement.
  • Explain how performance management, measurement and metrics will benefit and maximize the performance and operational effectiveness of the procurement function.
  • Define various performance management, measurement and metrics methodologies.
  • Integrate performance management, measurement and metric strategies into the various competitive contracting processes.

Covers: Introduction to Performance Management; Measurement and Metrics, Understanding Performance Management Principles within a Public Procurement Context, Procurement Performance Management: Aligning Operations with Outcomes, Improving Performance with Measurement and Metrics, Overview and Examples of Performance Based Contracting

John R. Miller, CPPO, is responsible for procurement services for the Harford County Public School System in Maryland. Prior to joining Harford County Schools in 2000. Mr. Miller authored the NIGP textbook, “Contracting for Services” in 1996 and co-authored two textbooks for NIGP in 2002 titled, “Contracting for Public Sector Services” and “Alternative Dispute Resolution” as part of the NIGP LEAP curriculum. Mr. Miller received his Masters in Governmental Administration (MGA) from the University of Pennsylvania and his BS degree in Finance from the University of Baltimore.

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Intro to Public Procurement

Date Location Site Duration Certification UPPC Points CEU Units Min Attend Instructor Cost Notes
TBD Boise ISP-Meridian 1 day 8 hrs 1 0.75 15 Bonnie Sletten, CPM, CPPO None  

Public Procurement is quite different from the private industry with regard to Idaho Code and IDAPA policies. This class is for purchasing people who are new to public procurement.

  • How Public Purchasing is Different
  • Idaho Purchasing History
  • Statutes and Rules
  • The Purchasing Process
  • Types of Purchasing
  • Integrity, Ethics & Vendor Relationships

Contact Bonnie Sletten at


Fundamentals of Leadership and Management in Public Procurement

Date Location Site Duration Certification UPPC Points CEU Units Min Attend Instructor Cost Notes
Feb-TBD Boise ISP-Meridian 2 day 16 hrs. 2 1.5   TBD $470.00  

Designed to examine leadership and management issues regularly faced by public sector professionals, this course will focus on topics of motivation, decision making, communication, conflict management, group dynamics, and organizational change, with more attention being paid as to how these issues relate. Such discussions of theory with practical application are intended to improve an organization’s effectiveness when considering the professional.

  • Explore procurement's strategic role in the organization and its relationship to Finance, Human Resources, Budget, Information Technology and Legal functions.
  • Assess opportunities to improve performance of the procurement organization.
  • Evaluate the concepts of leadership and management in public organizations and how each contributes to the success of goals and objectives within the organization.
  • Utilize effective communication, internally and externally

Covers: Mint Theory and Concepts, Leadership Theory, Procurement within large organizations, Communications, Continuous Improvement


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Risk Management in Public Contracting

Date Location Site Duration Certification UPPC Points CEU Units Min Attend Instructor Cost Notes
Apr-TBD Boise ISP-Meridian 2 day 16 hrs. 2 1.5   TBD $470.00  

Risk is a critical consideration in the contracting and procurement process. A thoughtful and proactive approach toward risk, as it relates to specific procurement actions, contributes to the success of contract performance. Risk is directly related to the successful achievement of targeted goals and objectives. The procurement manager must ensure that the risks associated with each procurement action have been identified, assessed, and mitigated to the practicable maximum extent, while taking cost and other factors into consideration. The emphasis of this course will be on developing a solid understanding of the complexities of risk management and recognizing the importance of planning, monitoring and proactive insight and oversight into risk areas related to the contract’s stated performance outputs and outcomes.

  • Identify and develop risk management strategies for implementation, monitoring and surveillance of the inherent risks in the contract.
  • Identify types and levels/degree of risk (contract type, internal and external factors, procurement cycle).
  • Evaluate the levels of risk (conduct risk assessment) and associate mitigation techniques/risk handling alternatives.
  • Develop a risk management plan using the four-phase process. (Pre and post award activities)
  • Integrate risk management elements into contract administration.

Covers: Defining Risks, 4 phases of risk, Assessing levels of risk, Risk handling methods, Tools & Techniques, Monitoring and Surveillance


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