Is NIGP silence a reflection of collective guilt or guilt by association?

August 17, 2016


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“However, I struggle to see a legitimate justification for NIGP’s reluctance to release the audit report. It leads one to suspect, rightly or wrongly, that the contents must be very bad news – perhaps for all those who have received copies.” – Colin Cram, August 16th PI Post Comment When I read the comment from […]

Confidential Information, Trade Secrets and The “Use” of Non-Disclosure Agreements

August 16, 2016


Seeking The Truth

Last week was very interesting – okay, every week is interesting – but last week in particular. On three separate instances I was made aware of attempts to circumvent the Freedom Of Information Act under the auspices of protecting proprietary information or trade secrets, the possible release of confidential information, and the frustration of sources who want to […]

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Truth In Procurement Part 2

August 13, 2016


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Apparently Part 1 of my interview on Bill Culhane‘s terrific radio show broke listener records, so tune into part 2 and let me know what you think . . . (for Canadian listeners, you can hear the segment on Spreaker at Going wherever the Truth leads. Also, the Cubs are leading and Bed Bugs […]

A Grimm Response?

August 11, 2016


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Yesterday I reached out to NIGP CEO Rick Grimm in an e-mail, asking for a comment on my most recent post (Does an apparent lack of transparency provide enough of a reason to stop using the NIGP Code?). Here was his response: Mr. Hansen:  The Institute already provided you with a response to your query regarding our […]

Does an apparent lack of transparency provide enough of a reason to stop using the NIGP Code?

August 10, 2016



The NIGP’s continuing refusal to turn over what I will call the #CodeGate audit – I refer to it as this because it appears that Procurement Insights’ coverage played a large part in the document’s creation – raises an interesting question. Should the apparent lack of transparency on the part of the NIGP cause enough of a […]

Rat Cats, Puppy Dogs & CHORP and other problems with our industry’s media

August 9, 2016



A very interesting, and I believe accurate, assessment of where journalism is heading . . . a world where hard news is replaced by soft pieces that offer little if any meaningful insight into what is happening in the real world. Sadly, the procurement industry’s media has been doing “puppy dog” coverage for some time […]

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NIGP Executive Board: A Forced Silence?

August 8, 2016


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While we continue to work diligently to secure a copy of the NIGP forensic audit through Florida’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), there are a number of questions regarding both the executives on the NIGP Board, as well as the NIGP’s current sponsors. Reports suggest that the audit, which contains a review of the NIGP’s business practices, highlighted several areas of […]