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2018 Spring/Summer Webinar Series

Whether you are new to procurement, or thought you already knew everything about cooperative purchasing, tune in to discover new insights from public procurement leaders through this special 3-part series of webinars. Each webinar qualifies for one hour of continuing education credit.

In our fast-paced procurement world driven by customer demands, these sessions will offer real solutions and approaches to move from a reactive stance to a more proactive approach. Understand how to create a cooperative strategy and leverage those contracts to your advantage. Learn from those who are active in the procurement world - our diverse panel of experts will share their in-depth knowledge and anecdotes for successfully utilizing cooperative contracts.
The National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP) Association is leading the way in elevating the discussion, advocacy and educational content on cooperative procurement. Working collaboratively to bring all the “partners” in procurement together – cooperatives, strategic suppliers, affiliated organizations and public procurement professionals – its goal is to produce meaningful educational tools to support public procurement agencies and become the “go to” resource for cooperative procurement.

Moderator for 3-Part Webinar Series: Tammy Rimes, MPA, Former Purchasing Agent for the City of San Diego and Procurement Consultant



Emergency Preparedness: Procurement Super Heroes - No Cape Required! 
The Calm Before the Crisis: Preparation with No Pressure
May 9, 2:00pm EST


Emergency Preparedness starts WAY before the actual disaster hits your area.  And emergencies can come in many forms – natural disasters, civil disturbances, disease epidemics or major industrial or transportation accidents. NCPP’s first webinar will address how to plan for the unexpected – while you still have time and resources at your disposal. Do you actually know what needs to be a part of your emergency policies? FEMA has strict requirements on policies that should already be set up ahead of time – do you know what they are?  Do you know the top 10 contracts that should be in place before disaster strikes?  Long before the emergency, discover how to create an emergency procurement plan, have master contracts in place, design an emergency policy and establish emergency P-cards. Procurement professionals across the nation will share their own stories on how they prepared their agencies for emergencies.  


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of procurement during an emergency
  • Learn the importance and legal standing of a “state of emergency” declaration
  • Discover the key components that need to be in place within your policies and procedures
  • Recognize the specific steps that FEMA may require to address the immediate emergency
  • Understand what contracts need to already be in place and how to set up an emergency P-card
  • Ask the Expert segment will include consultative knowledge and successful strategies to prepare

PanelistsCarrie Woodell, Orange County BOC, FL; Adam Manne, Prince William County, VA ; Jeffrey Tews, Fleet Services Manager, City of Milwaukee, WI


Ask the Expert: Mike Martinet, The Martinet Group


Please note: All attendees must be in attendance of the live webinar for a minimum of 30 minutes to receive a certificate of education credit.



In the Eye of the Storm, Where the only Safe Ship is Leadership
June 13, 2:00pm EST


Featuring real stories from procurement professionals who have weathered a storm, will share their own EOC experiences and arrived on the other side with knowledge to share with others.  This session will cover packing a “go-to” bag with essential items to allow you to work remotely, operating without power or water, establishing flexibility into the plan, creating communication with staff and first responders, and establishing a paper trail and tracking process for eventual reporting and FEMA reimbursement.  And contingency plans – do you have a back-up plan in case you are blocked from getting to the EOC or your regular workspace? What if your suppliers cannot fulfill their contractual obligations due to impacts on their own resources. Our addition of a subject matter “Ask the Expert” will add depth to the regulatory requirements of when an emergency is really an emergency and when it moves into a recovery phase – there are different procurement rules for both!


Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the essentials for conducting procurement business from an alternative location
  • Discover ways to have back-up contingency plans for the unexpected
  • Identify ways that contracts can be quickly put into place for an emergency
  • Learn what type of accounting and tracking systems are needed for reports and FEMA
  • Realize the human toll on your own procurement teams while handling the emergency
  • Ask the Expert segment will include consultative knowledge and successful strategies to handle immediate emergencies, while thinking about future reimbursements

Panelists: Rochelle Lowe, County of San Diego, CA;  Shelley Vineyard, Humbel USD, TX; Curt DeCapite, City of Colorado Spring, CO


Ask the Expert: Norma Houston, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Please note: All attendees must be in attendance of the live webinar for a minimum of 30 minutes to receive a certificate of education credit.


Over the Rainbow - Finding Your Yellow Brick Road
July 11, 2:00pm EST


Once the media crews leave, and the immediate life and death emergency has passed, you still have a whole lot more work to do.  NCPP’s 3rd and final webinar will address how to wear multiple hats as you continue dealing with the recent emergency, handle long-term projects such as restoring service and debris removal, all the while balancing your normal job tasks. It will specifically address FEMA requirements and future audits, contract compliance and vendor performance issues, construction and debris removal, electrical and other infrastructure problems. Recovery after an emergency is the most detailed, and often overlooked part of preparedness, but understand that procurement will be involved for weeks and months after the immediate threat. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Be familiar with the details related to debris removal contracting – benefits and pitfalls
  • Know when Job Order Contracting might be a viable solution for repairs
  • Understand long-term FEMA requirements and what might be audited in the future
  • Establish the long-term contracts or processes that might be needed throughout the recovery
  • Ask the Expert segment will include consultative knowledge on anticipating and preparing for FEMA review and potential audit.

Panelists: Maria Pirona, Orange County Public Works, CA; Robert Waremburg, Orange County Public Schools, FL; David Worthington, County of Sonoma, CA


Ask the Expert: Dr. Kim Abrego, President of Disaster Recovery & Risk Solutions, LLC


Please note: All attendees must be in attendance of the live webinar for a minimum of 30 minutes to receive a certificate of education credit.




Did you miss our previous Webinar Series? Click Here to Listen!

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