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Decisions That Matter: A Public Procurement Podcast

26 EpisodesProduced by Procurated Website

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 procure… read more

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Ep. 25 - The Benefits of Using External Resources

October 13th, 2020

11:36

Mike Smith leads a discussion with the rest of the Buying Bunch about the benefits of using external resources. The Buying Bunch is a team of former …

Ep. 24 - Judy Smith: Navigating Procurement in Higher Education

September 24th, 2020

20:09

On this episode Judy Smith discusses procurement in higher education. Judy has an impressive background in both healthcare and higher education, and she served as the Director of Procurement at the University of …

Ep. 23 - Creating Procurement Hurdles, Not Roadblocks with Stacy Gregg (Univ. of S. Carolina)

September 21st, 2020

35:24

On this episode of Decisions That Matter,  brought to you by Procurated, co-hosts Alex Stonehouse and Bernadette Launi are joined by procurement …

Ep. 22 - Touchless Tech & Facial Recognition on Campus (Higher Ed)

September 15th, 2020

10:24

Students and teachers are back to school at colleges and universities across the country, many following a hybrid model of in-person learning paired …

Ep. 21 - Preparedness in Procurement with Tim Hay

September 10th, 2020

27:52

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 …

Ep. 20 - How to Maximize Impact after Virtual Events (NIGP Recap)

August 31st, 2020

16:04

On this special "Buying Bunch" episode, the team of procurement experts from Government Sourcing Solutions shares their experience last week at the …

Ep. 19 - Tackling Procurement Issues without Adequate Staffing

August 18th, 2020

9:39

Many times procurement shops find themselves short-staffed or under-trained, whether it's due to the recent wave of retirements, budget shortfalls …

Ep. 18 - Introducing LEAN Concepts to State Government with Curt Topper

August 6th, 2020

12:14

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 …

Ep. 17 - Diversity & Inclusion in State Contracts w/ PA Sec. of General Services, Curt Topper

August 3rd, 2020

13:34

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 …

Ep. 16 - PA Sec. of General Services, Curt Topper, on the Commonwealth's COVID-19 Response - Part 1 of 3

July 30th, 2020

17:56

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 …

Ep. 15 - Using Procurement Contracts to Improve Social Distancing

July 24th, 2020

11:35

This episode of Decisions That Matter features input from "The Buying Bunch," a group of public procurement leaders with over 150 years of combined …

Ep. 14 - Embracing Change to Drive Innovation in Procurement

July 8th, 2020

8:37

The new post-COVID-19 environment requires change in order to adapt and drive innovation, especially in the face of upcoming budget shortfalls. The …

Ep. 13 - Building Company Culture with Jess Einstein

July 1st, 2020

18:13

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 …

Ep. 12 - eProcurement: The time for implementation is now

June 22nd, 2020

10:58

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 …

Ep. 11 - Merging Technology & Procurement with Becca Moran

June 11th, 2020

17:34

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, …

Ep. 10 - Planning Like You've Never Planned Before

June 6th, 2020

9:30

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 …

Ep. 9 - Cooperative Purchasing during the Coronavirus Era with The Buying Bunch

May 27th, 2020

8:49

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 …

Ep. 8 - The Buying Bunch: Is teleworking here to stay? (Part 2, Higher Education)

May 19th, 2020

14:15

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 …

Ep. 7 - The Buying Bunch: Is teleworking here to stay? (Part 1)

May 18th, 2020

13:34

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 …

Episode 6 - The Buying Bunch: COVID-19

April 30th, 2020

11:12

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 …

Episode 5 - Diane Palmer-Boeck, CPO of Plano, TX

March 24th, 2020

21:23

*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 …

Episode 4 - Audio Article: Embrace the "Why?" by Jason Soza

December 18th, 2019

8:48

Jason Soza, Vice President, West at Government Sourcing Solutions reads from his article, "Embrace the 'Why?'", where he discusses the importance of …

Episode 3 - The Public Procurement Report w/ Nicole Smith

December 3rd, 2019

35:22

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 …

Episode 2 - Single vs Multiple Award Procurement

November 6th, 2019

26:38

Mike Smith, former CPO of Illinois and current Vice President at Government Sourcing Solutions, provides an in-depth look at the key differences …

Episode 1 - Cheral Manke

October 15th, 2019

39:47

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 …

Episode 0 - Introduction to Decisions that Matter

September 23rd, 2019

1:59

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 …

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