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With AMR announcement, is NASPO distancing itself and the UPPCC certification program from the NIGP? by Jon Hansen

May 22, 2015

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“It appears NIGP just transferred the crown jewels (certification) to NASPO . . . this would have been absolutely unheard of in the past.  Are they (UPPCC) looking to maintain credibility? One aspect we did not discuss.  Most professional organizations are based upon individual memberships.  NIGP is based on agency memberships.  It is the city, […]

The Other Side of Grimm by Jon Hansen

May 20, 2015

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A colleague recently asked me the following question; will those who oppose NIGP’s Chief Executive Rick Grimm be annoyed because my coverage may not have demonized him as they had hoped? It is an interesting query on many levels. To start, I think it is safe to say that this story overall is frustrating to many regardless of […]

New NIGP 990 Return Review: Optics Versus Profitability – Which Is More Important? by Jon Hansen

May 15, 2015

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“The consumer survey found that 74% of respondents would be unlikely to buy products or services from a company involved in controversial supplier practices. It also points out a number of other key findings – all in all companies who are not actively monitoring the business practices of their suppliers, or who are engaged in […]

Jumping Down The #CodeGate Rabbit Holes by Jon Hansen

May 14, 2015

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“In a fall down the rabbit hole, an individual sets off on the path with a goal, gets sidetracked by various events and changes direction several times along the way, eventually ending up somewhere unexpected, typically without having satisfied the original purpose of the quest. Nevertheless, the path often leads to serendipitous discoveries. Furthermore, according to […]

What Role Did The Collective NIGP Membership Play In The #CodeGate Scandal? by Jon Hansen

May 12, 2015

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Collective guilt is particularly interesting, because it can lead to pro-social behaviors (such as apologies or restitution to injured groups), but also can motivate people to turn a blind eye to their own groups’s past misdeeds. – Elliot R. Smith, Indiana University According to multiple sources, the industry buzz regarding Procurement Insights’ coverage of #CodeGate is that […]

Stumbling And Stonewalling Its Way Through CodeGate, Why Would Anyone Want To Belong To The NIGP by Jon Hansen

May 10, 2015

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Dear Mr. Hansen, I provided our 990s as required by Section 6014(b) of the Internal Revenue Code and IRS instruction.  The additional information you have requested goes beyond the public disclosure requirement.  I will not expend additional NIGP resources to provide you with this information. Regards, Tina First, NIGP CEO Rick Grimm implodes by way of his […]

From The Shadows Emerges An Invitation To My Readers To Consider Questions Regarding The NIGP by Jon Hansen

May 8, 2015

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I received the following e-mail moments ago and will share it with you, unedited and in its entirety: Based on the exposure of Tom Blaine, whether legitimate or not, the provider of this information does not feel they can trust you. But, they feel you are the only chance for a complete story. I am […]

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