The Landscape of

Public Procurement

Newly Offered Supply Chain Management Curriculum for Suppliers Who Market and Sell to Governments

A Virtual Event

Whether you have been selling to government for years or are new to this marketplace, this supply chain series offered through a partnership with Oregon State University and the National Cooperative Procurement Partners is taught by current and former procurement professionals offering real insights and takeaways to increase your knowledge of state, local, and higher education procurement processes, legislation, and sales strategies for a greater level of understanding. Participants can also gain Continuing Education (CE) credits.

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Four classes, four dates:
March 31, April 28, May 26, June 30
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (PST)

One class: $99
Whole series (four class sessions in total): $299


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Webinar 1

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (PST)

Topics include:

  • SLED - State, Local, Educational: An Industry Understanding
  • Challenges Faced by Public Procurement Teams
  • Learn Current Trends and Latest Stats for Government Spending
  • Different Sourcing Types and Cooperatives
  • Make or Buy Decisions: Considerations for Open Market
  • A Primer on Procurement Laws and Ethics

Webinar 2

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (PST)

Topics include:

  • Discover the Differences Among Public Agency Types
  • Analyze the Fiscal Year and Government Budgeting
  • Top 10 Proposal Submittal Mistakes
  • Market Research, Trade Secrets, and Open Records Statutes
  • Essential Legal Differences Between IFBs and RFPs

Webinar 3

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (PST)

Topics include:

  • Meetings and Appropriate Interactions with a Decision Maker
  • Follow-Up and Relationship Building in the Government Sector
  • Protest Options: When and How to Protest
  • The Concepts of Responsiveness and Responsibility

Webinar 4

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (PST)

Topics include:

  • Contract Management from a Supplier Perspective
  • Contract Administration from the Government Perspective
  • The Evolution of Supply Chain Management in Government
  • The Remaining Legal Context of Relationships and Culture


Who should attend

  • Suppliers in the United States wishing to contract with state and local government and improve their understanding of the public procurement process.
  • Small- and medium-sized suppliers who are unfamiliar with government contracting rules and processes.
  • Larger suppliers who are already familiar but want to brush up on the topics and current developments.



Meet your presenters

Tammy Rimes, MPA, Author, Keynote Speaker and Consultant
Tammy served as the former purchasing agent for the City of San Diego, the ninth largest city in the nation, and as emergency operations chief during the 2007 Witch Creek Fires and Mt. Soledad Landslide which both destroyed homes, neighborhoods and city facilities. She centralized all purchasing and contracting operations, performed a business process review, implemented the first environmentally preferred purchasing polices, and streamlined warehouse operations. During all five years of her purchasing management, her team was awarded the Achievement in Excellence in Procurement, and Rimes won the Carlton N. Parker Award for Outstanding Service, the most prestigious award presented by the National Procurement Institute (NPI).

Now, as executive director of the National Cooperative Procurement Partners, North America’s premier association for cooperative procurement, she gives keynote presentations at national and regional conferences, and shares with government agencies and those suppliers who sell to government strategies to help them succeed. Prior to government, Tammy worked for several Fortune 1000 companies, including airlines, retail and water and utility industries, owned a family winery, Hacienda de las Rosas, and authored Drink Fine Wine…Ride Fine Horses – Leading the Life of Your Dreams. She has a B.S. in Computer Science from Florida International University and Masters in Public Administration from National University in California.

Richard Pennington, J.D., LL.M. (Government Procurement Law)
From 2013 to 2018, Richard Pennington was general counsel to NASPO ValuePoint. Previously, he served of counsel to the Denver office of McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, where he advised clients on federal, state and local government procurement. Pennington is the former director of the Division of Finance and Procurement, Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration. He previously served as state purchasing director after working for the Colorado Attorney General as procurement and construction litigation counsel.

Pennington is a retired Air Force Colonel and judge advocate who started his career as a B-52 pilot and later became a judge advocate specializing in federal procurement. He has a Master of Laws degree in government procurement law from The George Washington University. Pennington is co-author of Legal Aspects of Public Procurement, 3rd Ed. (Routledge, 2020). He is the 2020 recipient of NIGP’s Distinguished Service Award. Pennington continues to volunteer and teach for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement.

Tim Hay, Government Procurement and Supply Chain Professional
Tim Hay is a proven public procurement professional with more than 20 years of public procurement experience and another six years of private procurement experience in a manufacturing environment. He is currently a business account manager for the Periscope Holdings covering the State of Oregon.

Previously, Hay was a senior contracts specialist for Marion County Oregon focusing on information technology procurement. Hay was the cooperative development director for a large government purchasing cooperative. He oversaw all the cooperative activities of more than $12 billion in annual spend, helping states successfully manage all segments of the procurement process. In his role, he provided guidance and coaching to team members from across the nation, managed projects to ensure timely and accurate completion, and learned many of the individual state processes. He also established many of the internal processes that supported the growth and success of the cooperative. During his role at the State of Oregon, Hay led many high-profile procurements including information technology, travel services and services. Hay also held a short term at FEMA, assisting them with supply chain management in the COVID-19 crisis.

Prior to his role in public procurement, Hay worked for a global snowboard manufacturer where he conducted international procurement and logistics. Throughout his career, Hay has earned many awards for his accomplishments.

Victor Leamer
With more than 30 years of public procurement experience at the county, state department, and state-wide levels, Victor Leamer is currently the senior buyer with Spokane County in Washington. Victor earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Western Washington University (Bellingham, Washington) in 1985 and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation in 2009. Victor teaches developing and managing requests for proposals (in-person/online) and the core certificate, Foundations in Strategy and Policy, for NIGP (virtual) and has presented NIGP webinars on protests, evaluating responsiveness in bids and contract price adjustments. Leamer also serves on NIGP's Content Management Committee (formerly Knowledge Management Committee) since 2015 and is a founding member/former vice president of the Alaska/Hawaii Governmental Procurement Association NIGP Chapter.