Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP)

Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) The Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of procurement practitioners, est. 1958.
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VAGP represents over 1,100 procurement professionals working in public entities in the Commonwealth of Virginia (state and local governments, educational institutions, special authorities, etc.). All VAGP members support and promote the Virginia Public Procurement Act. VAGP is the largest procurement association in Virginia and is a chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.

Mission: Purpose of VAGP: * To promote professionalism in public purchasing through continued education and networking. * To study, discuss, and recommend legislative improvements in governmental purchasing. * To exchange ideas, experiences, and share expert advice on purchasing problems and procedures. * To promote uniform purchasing laws. * To develop and promote simplified standards and specifications for governmental buying.

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Congratulations to Feleasha Sherfy (York County), Alicia Demmer (Virginia Beach Public Schools) and Kelly Neff (Town of ...
09/09/2020

Congratulations to Feleasha Sherfy (York County), Alicia Demmer (Virginia Beach Public Schools) and Kelly Neff (Town of Leesburg). They have been awarded scholarships to take the State and Local Government Procurement course offered by Chemeketa Community College. The scholarship is provided by the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO).

VAGP was one of the first chapters to be awarded the Platinum Performance Standard Seal. This seal recognizes and awards...
08/28/2020

VAGP was one of the first chapters to be awarded the Platinum Performance Standard Seal. This seal recognizes and awards chapters for their governance, education programs, member benefits and their ability to advocate on behalf of the procurement profession.

The NIGP-CPP (Certified Procurement Professional) program offers unique attributes when compared to other procurement-re...
08/25/2020

The NIGP-CPP (Certified Procurement Professional) program offers unique attributes when compared to other procurement-related professional certifications. It is the only certification that is anchored in the Public Procurement Competency Framework. The Framework is rooted in research produced by the Volcker Alliance that seeks effective public service through workforce competencies. It is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders in the public sector. It is the only certification that integrates with NIGP’s Pathways program featuring competency development within 33 learning modules. And it is the only competency-based certification that expands beyond public procurement’s technical aspects and assesses the more holistic competencies needed to be successful leader within a public entity, embracing elements of leadership, business principles, and procurement strategy.

These professionals are among the first 56 professional leaders to earn this distinguished NIGP-CPP. This pioneering spirit reflects on their tenacity, commitment to life-long learning, and a desire to lead by example. Most assuredly, they are an inspirational beacon for others to follow.

Exciting news to share with you all this morning! VAGP has signed on as the first National Association of State Procurem...
08/20/2020
Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing

Exciting news to share with you all this morning! VAGP has signed on as the first National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) Affiliate Division Partner. Read more below.

Virginia – The Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) announced today that they have signed on as the first National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) Affiliate Division Partner. This new Affiliate Division Program operates as strategic outreach to public procureme...

The VAGP extends a well-deserved congratulations to following individuals who have earned their CPPB/CPPO certifications...
08/06/2020

The VAGP extends a well-deserved congratulations to following individuals who have earned their CPPB/CPPO certifications.

CPPB – David Bakhshaee, Tammy Bland, Russell Chamberlin, Jeffrey Groseclose, Ronda London, Matthew Marsteller, Keisha Perez, Shana Terry, Melissa Tillman and William Vega.

CPPO – Monique Curley, Delphine Lambert, Torry Huff, and Jianchong Luo.

The CPPO and CPPB are globally recognized certifications for the field and are widely recognized as representing the highest standard for professionalism in public procurement.

VAGP’s Fall Symposium is scheduled to be held, September 29-30, 2020 at the Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg, Virginia. As ...
07/06/2020
Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing

VAGP’s Fall Symposium is scheduled to be held, September 29-30, 2020 at the Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg, Virginia. As you are aware Virginia has been under a stay at home order since mid-March that is slowing being phased out to allow businesses to open. The governor is expected to lift the additional restrictions to allow localities to begin Phase 3 which would permit large public gatherings (such as conferences) while following guidelines identified to allow social distancing. Assuming this occurs, VAGP would like your opinion as to you attending the Fall Symposium. Please click below to take the survey.

VAGP’s Fall Symposium is scheduled to be held, September 29-30, 2020 at the Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg, Virginia. As you are aware Virginia has been under a stay at home order since mid-March that is slowing being phased out to allow businesses to open. The governor is expected to lift the addi...

Message from Marcheta Gillespie:Survey on Managing a Remote WorkforceTimes have changed! We're all learning not only how...
06/20/2020
Managing a Remote Workforce Survey

Message from Marcheta Gillespie:
Survey on Managing a Remote Workforce

Times have changed! We're all learning not only how to work in a virtual environment, but also how to MANAGE a remote workforce. Some of you are pros at this, while some are still learning. I'm asking all my public procurement professionals to help me with a survey on YOUR experiences as an employee and/or manager in this new world. It's a short survey. We would love to share your responses in our upcoming NIGP webinar!

Our NIGP webinar is a 2-part series. First webinar is June 23rd at 11am PST/2pm EST entitled "Administering Change: Solutions to Managing Remote Workforce Environments (Part 1: The People). Hope you can join us!

https://lnkd.in/gf445qD

(Survey closes Saturday, June 27th: Please share with your fellow public procurement professionals in NIGP chapters and government agencies!)

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While we were not able to be together this Spring and our friend T. Gordon Sandridge was not able to join us last year, ...
06/17/2020

While we were not able to be together this Spring and our friend T. Gordon Sandridge was not able to join us last year, he sends his best to all his friends at VAGP as he is sporting his new shirt!

Mark your calendars for the 2020 Legislative webinar which will be free for VAGP members. The topic will focus on the Ge...
06/09/2020

Mark your calendars for the 2020 Legislative webinar which will be free for VAGP members.
The topic will focus on the General Assembly process and the procurement related bills that were proposed during the 2020 General Assembly session. The webinar will be interactive and include discussions and insight from Bill Hefty and Jeff Gore from Hefty Wiley & Gore, and will allow for Q&A.

Link to register in comments below: 👇👇

The latest News and Views came out yesterday! If you haven't had a chance to review it yet, check out the link in the co...
06/04/2020

The latest News and Views came out yesterday! If you haven't had a chance to review it yet, check out the link in the comments below!

We have so many great agencies across the commonwealth that are looking for some new team members. Find your fit, check ...
06/03/2020

We have so many great agencies across the commonwealth that are looking for some new team members. Find your fit, check the career opportunities posted on the VAGP Website.

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Kimberly Robinette is VAGP’s Buyer of the Year for 2020!
05/08/2020

Kimberly Robinette is VAGP’s Buyer of the Year for 2020!

Congratulations to Lorie Weaver Newton for being named the 2020 VAGP Manager of the Year!
05/08/2020

Congratulations to Lorie Weaver Newton for being named the 2020 VAGP Manager of the Year!

Important message from Rick Grimm, CEO of NIGP:NIGP is here to support our members.As you know, NIGP’s Forum is near and...
04/24/2020
Survey on Options for the 2020 Forum

Important message from Rick Grimm, CEO of NIGP:

NIGP is here to support our members.

As you know, NIGP’s Forum is near and dear to all of us and this year, we are celebrating our 75th Anniversary.

However, due to these unprecedented times, we are trying to gauge whether or not members would still be interested in traveling to Chicago to attend this milestone event.

We have created a short survey to help us make a decision that is in the best interest of all our members, staff, presenters, partners, and all concerned.

Here is a link to the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WillWeCUnChicago

Thank you.

Be safe.

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As we all embark on the new “norm” and have begun to explore opportunities to keep our operations moving, I thought it b...
04/15/2020

As we all embark on the new “norm” and have begun to explore opportunities to keep our operations moving, I thought it be nice to share some of the creative ways you have all found to keep your essential services moving! What we have realized that while not on the front line, we are the force behind the front line and what we are being tasked with is making a difference! I am so proud of my colleagues across the Commonwealth and the Country who are coming together during this time. Take a minute and share with our PR Chair or one of their committee members something positive that you are doing to support your entity and know that you are appreciated! Procurement Professionals Rock!

03/27/2020
Men of VAGP Pageant 2019

We may have had to postpone this year’s Spring Conference, but that doesn’t mean we can’t remember last year’s fun!

03/18/2020

NIGP shares:
From the Heart: An Open Letter to Procurement Colleagues

We are sharing a heartfelt letter from Sean Carroll, Chief Procurement Officer, NYS Office of General Services. It's inspirational, jarring, and comforting at the same time. Public Procurement is a profession like no other - it's a community of dedicated, public servants who during challenging times come together with a unified purpose - to improve the quality of our lives. Thank you for all you do.

Sean's Letter
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An open letter to my procurement colleagues:

So here we are in the middle of procurement month. As is often the case, the month we choose to celebrate our profession is overwhelmed by the events of the day. While it is usually by everything from St. Patrick's Day to the NCAA tournament to the regular business of government, this year it is the nationwide response to Covid-19.

For years at the local, state, and national level our profession has fought to professionalize, legitimize and to be recognized as part of the strategic function of government. Over the next days and weeks we will be given the opportunity to prove what we have been saying about our role for years.

Many of you will find yourselves on fast response teams, in emergency operations centers, or engaged with elected officials and principles of government closer than ever. All of you will find your organizations touched by these events. We have responsibilities to our leaders, customers and taxpayers, who are also our neighbors, friends and relatives. We also have an obligation to ourselves, our teams and our profession. You are all now brand ambassadors of the public procurement function during a once in a generation emergency management situation. As an NIGP chapter ambassador we talk about the magic of public procurement and how you and your teams are not clerks but strategic functions that save lives.

Over the next weeks your efforts will directly save lives. Depending on your role you will help secure testing kits for Covid-19, transportation for test results and supplies, food for people who are being quarantined, chemicals to keep the water clean and prevent sewage from contaminating populations, medical supplies to support hospitals, supplies and equipment for emergency command locations, personal protective gear for police, fire and medical personnel and many other commodities, services and technologies as needed. There will be days where supplies are in short supply, and small victories on days where the supply chain levels out.

For my peers, I ask, “Who will we be when this emergency goes from response to recovery and begins to ramp down?” Will you have been the clerks who processed paperwork for supplies, or will you have seized the day for our profession, leading you organizations to creative solutions, preparedness and calm in a time when those things will be desperately needed. I hope for and challenge us all to be the latter.

And to achieve that I encourage all of you to pick up the phone and support each other. Remember no state procurement officer must do this alone. There is a professional community to rely on. No local procurement officer or team member must face this challenge alone. There is a large professional
community across north America who can support you and each other.

So this Procurement Month and beyond, be the brand for yourself, your team and your profession and don’t waste this crisis, but seize it for the opportunity it is to be the best version of ourselves and our profession.

Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency for the state of Virginia and banned all state employees from t...
03/12/2020

Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency for the state of Virginia and banned all state employees from travel. Many agencies have already enacted similar restrictions or will do so in the future.

In view of this, the Board of Directors has cancelled the upcoming Spring Conference that was schedule to be held in Virginia Beach on March 24-26, 2020. We are exploring other options to hold the conference later in the year.

We will be refunding all registration fees either back to the credit card used or check.

Please be aware that members must cancel the hotel reservations yourself. VAGP cannot cancel your hotel reservations. Hotel reservations must be canceled at least 72 hours in advance.

Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP)
03/05/2020

Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP)

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03/05/2020

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Have you read it yet? VAGP's latest News & Views is out!Read it here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.chaptermanager.com...
03/04/2020

Have you read it yet? VAGP's latest News & Views is out!

Read it here:https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.chaptermanager.com/chapters/93b9c0ad-b154-7184-4fbc-08932b326037/files/1st-qtr-news-n-views-2020-1583333551006.pdf

It is with a sad heart that we share with you that Aubrey Baird, a Past President of VAGP and retired Director of Admini...
03/03/2020
BAIRD, AUBREY

It is with a sad heart that we share with you that Aubrey Baird, a Past President of VAGP and retired Director of Administrative Services for the Department of Transportation has passed away. Please keep Aubrey’s family in your prayers as they go through this difficult time. Below is a link to his obituary.

BAIRD, Mr. Aubrey Clay, age 90, of Bracey, Va., departed this life Friday, February 28, 2020, in VCU/MCV Hospital, Richmond. Mr. Baird was Director of Administrative Services for the Department

Happy Procurement Month VAGP! What is your agency doing to celebrate?
03/03/2020

Happy Procurement Month VAGP! What is your agency doing to celebrate?

Procurement Month is finally here. It’s good to always reflect on our work, but this is a special time of the year when we celebrate our profession and everything we do. Happy Procurement Month!

The countdown is ON! The 2020 Spring Conference and Vendor Expo is fast approaching! Registration is filling up so hurry...
02/24/2020

The countdown is ON! The 2020 Spring Conference and Vendor Expo is fast approaching! Registration is filling up so hurry and register today! https://tinyurl.com/VAGPSpring2020

Collaborating at Chapter Leaders!
02/22/2020

Collaborating at Chapter Leaders!

More fun at NIGP Chapters Leaders
02/22/2020

More fun at NIGP Chapters Leaders

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The Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of procurement practitioners, established in 1958 to improve and assist public purchasers through legislative advocacy, research, education and other services. The membership includes employees in Virginia state, city, local governments, educational institutions, and special authorities.

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