PRESS RELEASE - Jan. 16, 2013
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What is the WSCA-NASPO Cooperative Purchasing Organization?
The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) has formed a subsidiary entity, the WSCA-NASPO Cooperative Purchasing Organization (WSCA-NASPO), LLC to manage its national cooperative purchasing program. The LLC was formed in October of 2012 and began operating officially on January 1, 2013.
A 21-member Management Board has been appointed to oversee the operations and activities of the new organization.
Since 1993, the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) served as the primary cooperative purchasing arm of NASPO and encouraged, fostered, and guided participating members to work collaboratively in an effort to create true procurement cooperatives. WSCA-NASPO represents a unified, nationally-focused cooperative purchasing program that will leverage the collective expertise and experience of WSCA and NASPO, aggregate the demand of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five organized territories, and their political subdivisions and other eligible entities, and help spur innovation and competition in the marketplace.
All authorized governmental entities in any state are welcome to use WSCA-NASPO cooperative contracts with the approval of that state's State Chief Procurement Official. Cooperative purchasing benefits states as well as cities, counties, public schools, institutions of higher education and other eligible entities.
WSCA-NASPO Management Board Chair: Kent Beers, Utah
WSCA-NASPO Management Board Vice-Chair: Christine Warnock, Washington
WSCA-NASPO Management Board Treasurer: Voight Shealy, South Carolina
Cooperative Development Team:
WSCA-NASPO CEO: Doug Richins
WSCA-NASPO Cooperative Development Analyst: Richard Carlson
WSCA-NASPO eMarket Center Site Administrator: Kate Offerdahl
WSCA-NASPO Program Manager: Lee Ann Pope
WSCA-NASPO Cooperative Development Coordinator: Paul Stembler
WSCA-NASPO Cooperative Development Coordinator: Tim Hay
WSCA-NASPO eProcurement Services Consultant: John Utterback
WSCA-NASPO General Counsel: Richard Pennington
EVERYONE BENEFITS FROM THE USE OF CUMULATIVE
The WSCA-NASPO eMarket Center provides all NASPO members and their eligile entities with a user friendly, e-commerce solution for accessing and purchasing from the WSCA-NASPO cooperative contracts. The eMarket Center significantly streamlines the overall buying experience, drives greater contract usage, improved compliance, provides valuable spending metrics, and improves reporting transparency.