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Decisions That Matter: A Public Procurement Podcast

Decisions That Matter: A Public Procurement Podcast

By Procurated
There are nearly 20 million employees in state and local governments and educational institutions across the United States. They are all touched by the procurement decisions that are made every day. Decisions That Matter is brought to you by Procurated, and features in-depth discussions with procurement leaders and subject matter experts on the the most pressing topics in the public sector.
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Ep. 22 - Touchless Tech & Facial Recognition on Campus (Higher Ed)
Students and teachers are back to school at colleges and universities across the country, many following a hybrid model of in-person learning paired with digital classes, especially for classes with large enrollment numbers. But many schools are trying to get ahead of the "touchless" trend to give everyone on campus the freedom to navigate without relying on ID cards and high-touch interactions.  On this "Buying Bunch" episode, the team of procurement experts from Government Sourcing Solutions reaches into their 150 years of combined public purchasing experience to share what they have been hearing from procurement leaders across higher education.  This video features: Jane Benton: CPO of Arkansas and University of Arkansas Jason MacDonald: Former CPO of Long Beach and Fresno Judy Smith: Former Director of Procurement at University of Michigan Mike Smith: Former CPO of Illinois Jason Soza: Former CPO of Alaska For more procurement information please like and subscribe to the podcast, and visit www.procurated.com for more information about specific suppliers that can help you reach your goals and objectives..
10:24
September 15, 2020
Ep. 21 - Preparedness in Procurement with Tim Hay
On this episode of Decisions that Matter we are joined by Tim Hay to discuss Preparedness in Procurement. Tim brings over 20 years of procurement experience to the table, including long stints with The State of Oregon and NASPO ValuePoint.  The coronavirus pandemic has forced procurement and preparedness into the spotlight, and has taught us a lot about what could have been done differently, and what we can do in the future to plan ahead and ensure we are prepared for future events. And on top of the pandemic western states are battling raging wildfires, while the southeast is currently in the peak of hurricane season.  Tim walks the audience through strategies to help you best prepare for a variety of scenario.  This podcast is brought to you by Procurated, the country's leading supplier evaluation tool. 
27:52
September 10, 2020
Ep. 20 - How to Maximize Impact after Virtual Events (NIGP Recap)
On this special "Buying Bunch" episode, the team of procurement experts from Government Sourcing Solutions shares their experience last week at the NIGP Forum 2020 conference that was initially scheduled to take place in Chicago, Illinois, but transitioned to a virtual event due to the national pandemic.  The team also gives actionable advice to maximize the impact of connections made and data collected during the week long trade show to ensure a successful end to 2020.  This video features: Jane Benton: CPO of Arkansas and University of Arkansas Jason MacDonald: Former CPO of Long Beach and Fresno Judy Smith: Former Director of Procurement, University of Michigan Mike Smith: Former CPO of Illinois Jason Soza: Former CPO of Alaska For more procurement information please like and subscribe to the podcast, and visit www.procurated.com for more information about specific suppliers that can help you reach your goals and objectives.
16:04
August 31, 2020
Ep. 19 - Tackling Procurement Issues without Adequate Staffing
Many times procurement shops find themselves short-staffed or under-trained, whether it's due to the recent wave of retirements, budget shortfalls due to the coronavirus pandemic, or an underpopulated pipeline of incoming young talent.  There are several things that short-staffed offices can do to help get everything done while still meeting goals and objectives, including mandates like driving savings.    On this special "Buying Bunch" episode, the team of procurement experts from Government Sourcing Solutions reaches into their 150 years of combined public purchasing experience to brainstorm new ways that procurement departments can organize their work to get the most out of the resources they do have.   This video features:   Jane Benton: CPO of Arkansas and University of Arkansas Jason MacDonald: Former CPO of Long Beach and Fresno Mike Smith: Former CPO of Illinois Jason Soza: Former CPO of Alaska For more procurement information please like and subscribe to the podcast, and visit www.procurated.com for more information about specific suppliers that can help you reach your goals and objectives..
09:39
August 18, 2020
Ep. 18 - Introducing LEAN Concepts to State Government with Curt Topper
Curt Topper is the current Pennsylvania Secretary of General Services, and he has served in the position since 2015. Curt Topper has ample experience in public service and procurement, having served as the Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary of General Services for Procurement in the early 2000s.    Curt Topper sat down with Procurated Founder & CEO, David Yarkin, to discuss the biggest topics across Pennsylvania, including the tremendous success of the state's cooperative contracting program COSTARS. The team at Procurated has had the pleasure of working closely with the COSTARS team to help buyers better understand vendor performance. This episode is brought to you by Procurated. Citizens depend on government. Governments depend on suppliers. And those governments use Procurated to select the right suppliers.
12:14
August 6, 2020
Ep. 17 - Diversity & Inclusion in State Contracts w/ PA Sec. of General Services, Curt Topper
Curt Topper is the current Pennsylvania Secretary of General Services, and he has served in the position since 2015. Curt Topper has ample experience in public service and procurement, having served as the Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary of General Services for Procurement in the early 2000s.    This episode is part 2 of a trilogy interview between Curt Topper and Procurated Founder & CEO, David Yarkin, to discuss the biggest Procurement topics across Pennsylvania. This episode covers the Commonwealth's emphasis on diversity & inclusion in the suppliers they are contracting with, and also within the workplace at DGS. Curt's thoughtful approach, from the overall vision down to the tactics required to make change happen, is truly insightful.  This episode is brought to you by Procurated. Citizens depend on government. Governments depend on suppliers. And those governments use Procurated to select the right suppliers.
13:34
August 3, 2020
Ep. 16 - PA Sec. of General Services, Curt Topper, on the Commonwealth's COVID-19 Response - Part 1 of 3
Curt Topper is the current Pennsylvania Secretary of General Services, and he has served in the position since 2015. Curt Topper has ample experience in public service and procurement, having served as the Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary of General Services for Procurement in the early 2000s.    Curt Topper sat down with Procurated Founder & CEO, David Yarkin, to discuss the biggest topics across Pennsylvania, starting with the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Topper's thoughtful response about what has already happened, and what can be done to plan for the future, is helpful information for any procurement professional or government leader. This episode is brought to you by Procurated. Citizens depend on government. Governments depend on suppliers. And those governments use Procurated to select the right suppliers.
17:56
July 30, 2020
Ep. 15 - Using Procurement Contracts to Improve Social Distancing
This episode of Decisions That Matter features input from "The Buying Bunch," a group of public procurement leaders with over 150 years of combined purchasing experience, about how governments and schools can actually increase social distancing, therefore decreasing human interaction and the spread of COVID-19, through the use of new contracts.  Visit Procurated for more information about suppliers that can help your organization. The members of The Buying Bunch include:  Jane Benton: CPO of Arkansas and University of Arkansas. Jason MacDonald: Former CPO of Long Beach and Fresno. Judy Smith: Former Director of Procurement at University of Michigan. Mike Smith: Former CPO of Illinois. Jason Soza: Former CPO of Alaska. David Yarkin: Former CPO of Pennsylvania. Founder & CEO of Procurated.
11:35
July 24, 2020
Ep. 14 - Embracing Change to Drive Innovation in Procurement
The new post-COVID-19 environment requires change in order to adapt and drive innovation, especially in the face of upcoming budget shortfalls. The solutions are by no means impossible, but they will require creativity. Listen to hear what our team of experts has to say about the adaption to remote work over the last several months, the upcoming pivot to governments reopening, and the new bare minimum requirements of technology like eProcurement.  Visit Procurated for more information about suppliers that can help your organization. This podcast features input from the following public procurement leaders, including:  Jane Benton: Vice President, South, Former CPO of Arkansas. Jason MacDonald: Regional Director, California, Former CPO of Long Beach and Fresno. Judy Smith: Vice President, Higher Education, Former Director of Procurement at University of Michigan. Mike Smith: Vice President, Midwest, Former CPO of Illinois. Jason Soza: Vice President, West, Former CPO of Alaska.
08:37
July 8, 2020
Ep. 13 - Building Company Culture with Jess Einstein
Jess Einstein is the Senior Director of Operations and Strategy for Procurated.  Focused on high-priority initiatives, she conceives, designs, and executes projects to drive the business forward. With the transition to a remote work environment Jess is focusing her efforts on hiring talented new candidates and building a thriving company culture. The lessons that Jess shares about her work at a technology startup are applicable across multiple organizations, governments, schools, etc.  Jess had extensive platform marketplace experience and has spent her career working at innovative projects in the DC startup world. Before joining Procurated, Jess ran business development and partnerships at Collage.com. Previously, she managed marketing at Curb (acquired by Verifone), and worked in operations and marketing at LivingSocial.
18:13
July 1, 2020
Ep. 12 - eProcurement: The time for implementation is now
On this episode, The Buying Bunch, with over 150 years of combined procurement experience, discusses the immense importance of eProcurement in the modern environment with the rapid shift away from paper records and a renewed emphasis on speed and remote capabilities.  This episode is brought to you by Procurated. Citizens depend on government. Governments depend on suppliers. And those governments use Procurated to select the right suppliers.
10:57
June 22, 2020
Ep. 11 - Merging Technology & Procurement with Becca Moran
Becca Moran joined Procurated in 2019, where she is responsible for maintaining a deep understanding of procurement professionals and the challenges they face. That understanding is used to craft Procurated’s vision, strategy, and product roadmap. Becca works with a team of software engineers and product designers to achieve that vision by creating innovative technology solutions for procurement’s biggest problems. Before joining Procurated, Becca led product management at Xometry, a Bethesda-based manufacturing marketplace. Earlier in her career, she served in technical project management and business development roles at Politico, a leading digital news outlet. Citizens depend on government. Governments depend on suppliers. And those governments use Procurated to select the right suppliers. Visit www.procurated.com to review a noteworthy supplier and learn more about the platform. 
17:34
June 11, 2020
Ep. 10 - Planning Like You've Never Planned Before
The Buying Bunch, a group of former CPOs with over 150 years of combined purchasing experience in state & local governments and universities, joins us again on Decisions That Matter to discuss the importance of planning ahead to get in front of future emergencies and handle the current demands of the COVID-19 era.  On this episode they cover five core topics including:  Availability Contracting Warehousing vs. JIT Delivery Budgeting Communication This episode is brought to you by Procurated. Citizens depend on government. Governments depend on suppliers. And those governments use Procurated to select the right suppliers.
09:30
June 6, 2020
Ep. 9 - Cooperative Purchasing during the Coronavirus Era with The Buying Bunch
The Buying Bunch, a group of former CPOs with over 150 years of combined purchasing experience in state & local governments and universities, joins us again on Decisions That Matter to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on cooperative purchasing, and how cooperatives can support government during the crisis.  This episode is brought to you by Procurated. Citizens depend on government. Governments depend on suppliers. And those governments use Procurated to select the right suppliers.
08:49
May 27, 2020
Ep. 8 - The Buying Bunch: Is teleworking here to stay? (Part 2, Higher Education)
Is teleworking here to stay for higher education institutions across the U.S.? And what can procurement offices do now to best prepare for the future?  On part one of this episode The Buying Bunch discussed the move to a work-from-home environment for state and local governments, and what that means for both internal communication and external communication with suppliers and cooperatives. During part two they discuss what governments can learn from the early adoption of eprocurement in higher education, and they’ll share thoughts on what Procurement departments can do right now to prepare for the future. Visit Procurated for more information about suppliers that can help your agency in the transition to telework. The Buying Bunch is a team of public procurement leaders that includes: Jane Benton: Vice President, South, Former CPO of Arkansas. Jason MacDonald: Regional Director, California, Former CPO of Long Beach and Fresno. Judy Smith: Vice President, Higher Education, Former Director of Procurement at University of Michigan. Mike Smith: Vice President, Midwest, Former CPO of Illinois. Jason Soza, CPPO, CSSBB: Vice President, West, Former CPO of Alaska. David Yarkin: President, Former CPO of Pennsylvania.
14:15
May 19, 2020
Ep. 7 - The Buying Bunch: Is teleworking here to stay? (Part 1)
Is teleworking here to stay for state and local governments across the U.S.?  On part one of this episode we are joined again by The Buying Bunch to discuss the move to a work-from-home environment for state and local governments, and what that means for both internal communication and external communication with suppliers and cooperatives. During part two they discuss what governments can learn from the early adoption of eprocurement in higher education, and they’ll share thoughts on what Procurement departments can do right now to prepare for the future.  Visit Procurated for more information about suppliers that can help your agency in the transition to telework. The Buying Bunch is a team of public procurement leaders that includes: Jane Benton: Vice President, South, Former CPO of Arkansas. Jason MacDonald: Regional Director, California, Former CPO of Long Beach and Fresno. Judy Smith: Vice President, Higher Education, Former Director of Procurement at University of Michigan. Mike Smith: Vice President, Midwest, Former CPO of Illinois. Jason Soza, CPPO, CSSBB: Vice President, West, Former CPO of Alaska. David Yarkin: President, Former CPO of Pennsylvania.
13:34
May 18, 2020
Episode 6 - The Buying Bunch: COVID-19
On this episode of Decisions that Matter we have a group discussion with "The Buying Bunch," a team of public procurement leaders with over 150 years of combined experience in state and local government and higher education. They have navigated multiple public health events through the years, and they are driven to help state and local governments through this COVID-19 crisis.  Please feel free to reach out to any member of the team directly to discuss your COVID-19 response or any product and service needs your organization may have. And please visit www.covidvendorcheck.com to review any noteworthy suppliers, good or bad, that you have worked with during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Jane Benton: Vice President, South, Former CPO of Arkansas. Jason MacDonald: Regional Director, California, Former CPO of Long Beach and Fresno. Judy Smith: Vice President, Higher Education, Former Director of Procurement at University of Michigan. Mike Smith: Vice President, Midwest, Former CPO of Illinois. Jason Soza, CPPO, CSSBB: Vice President, West, Former CPO of Alaska. David Yarkin: President, Former CPO of Pennsylvania. COVID Vendor Check: www.covidvendorcheck.com
11:12
April 30, 2020
Episode 5 - Diane Palmer-Boeck, CPO of Plano, TX
*Note: This episode was recorded at the beginning of March 2020. At the time of recording fewer than 100 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the United States.  In this episode of Decisions That Matter, we sit down with Diane Palmer-Boeck to discuss her innovative approaches to solving common staffing issues and staying ahead of the technological curve.  Diane has served as a public procurement leader for over two decades, with the majority of that time coming as the CPO of Plano, TX.  
21:23
March 24, 2020
Episode 4 - Audio Article: Embrace the "Why?" by Jason Soza
Jason Soza, Vice President, West at Government Sourcing Solutions reads from his article, "Embrace the 'Why?'", where he discusses the importance of thinking critically and outside of the box to improve procurement.  Jason served as the Chief Procurement Officer of Alaska to cap a 20-year career in public purchasing.  Jason was also elected President of NASPO in 2018 by his peers across all fifty states. 
08:48
December 18, 2019
Episode 3 - The Public Procurement Report w/ Nicole Smith
On Episode 3 of Decisions That Matter we sat down with Nicole Smith, The Senior Director of Research at Government Sourcing Solutions, to talk about the key takeaways from Volume 4 of the Public Procurement Report. The report highlights the biggest trends in government procurement based on conversations with hundreds of CPOs from cities, counties, and states across the U.S. Nicole shares her insights and highlights how cooperative purchasing, eprocurement, staffing issues, and regional politics are shaping the procurement world. 
35:22
December 3, 2019
Episode 2 - Single vs Multiple Award Procurement
Mike Smith, former CPO of Illinois and current Vice President at Government Sourcing Solutions, provides an in-depth look at the key differences between single and multiple award procurement, and also shares advice for procurement professionals at all levels. 
26:38
November 6, 2019
Episode 1 - Cheral Manke
Our guest on this episode of Decisions that Matter is Cheral Manke, CPPO, CPPB. With over 15 years of public procurement with the State of Washington Cheral has no shortage of helpful advice and interesting stories that can help government officials across the country. For more information about Cheral you can visit her profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cheralamankejones/ 
39:47
October 15, 2019
Episode 0 - Introduction to Decisions that Matter
This episode is short and sweet. The first full-length episode of the podcast will be launching in October, but this episode gives you a taste of the types of guests and topics we'll be covering on Decisions that Matter. 
01:59
September 23, 2019