What are the origins of the NIGP story? by Jon Hansen

Posted on April 9, 2015


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NIGP Leadership?

NIGP – Periscope Leadership?

I would imagine that it would be easy to assume that the origins of the NIGP -Persiscope story originated with the seemingly innocuous musings of my December 11th, 2014 post Up Periscope? Examining Periscope’s acquisition of BidSync with a “Survivor’s” eye.

While it has been suggested by many that this served as the spark in terms of bringing the now increasingly apparent NIGP – Periscope conflict of interest relationship to light, I think where the story really begins is from within the NIGP itself.

As the information and documentation continues to flow in, I wonder how many people within the NIGP membership are themselves surprised by this story?

I can’t help but believe that the majority were either unaware of what was going on and are now shocked/disappointed by the revelations of the past two weeks or, had some indirect inkling that something was amiss but were never in the position to confront it.

In an unusually acerbic comment relating to the April 6th Deep Throat post (she has always been considered the nice one in comparisons with me), while Kelly Barner expressed mock surprise that such indiscretions would occur in the public sector, she also challenged readers to “fight the urge to feel apathetic in response.”

My takeaway from this last statement is that many in the public sector feel powerless to change the status quo regarding the perception – sometimes justified, but usually not – that government procurement is a rigged game.

“Still a fledgling in the Procurement world at just over one month in- this has taught me a lot about the Public Sector!

Although as I have not lived under a rock for all 24 years of my life, I haven’t exactly been unaware of the not-so-positive connotations that public spend and public dealings draw.” – Generation Next procurement industry professional

NIGP Chief Executive Rick Grimm’s semantics regarding “competitive RFIs” notwithstanding, I believe that generally speaking procurement professionals in both the public and private sectors are dedicated, hard working individuals who, while feeling at times powerless, really do care.

This brings us back to the point of today’s post.

Even though it may be both convenient and reasonable to assume that my varied and growing sources of information regarding #CodeGate are individuals commenting from outside of the NIGP, I am starting to get a sense that this is not entirely the case.

I have no doubt, that some of my sources do come from outside of the NIGP – Periscope orbit. However, and based partly on the nature of the information I am now starting to receive, it would not be out of the realm of possibility that some of the inflow originates from within the NIGP itself.

In this regard, and in the context of her comment relating to apathy in the public sector procurement world, Kelly should feel encouraged that the resignation in what was, is now turning into determination to work towards what could and should be.  Specifically, creating an image that projects professionalism and integrity in both practice and outcome.

As this story continues to unfold it will be most interesting to see how those within the NIGP react, and what it will mean for the current NIGP leadership.

NIGP Values

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