The National Association of State Procurement Officials is a non-profit association dedicated to strengthening the procurement community through education, research, and communication. It is made up of the directors of the central purchasing offices in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the territories of the United States. NASPO is an organization through which the member purchasing officials provide leadership in professional public purchasing, improve the quality of purchasing and procurement, exchange information and cooperate to attain greater efficiency and economy.

NASPO, in collaboration with the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, formed the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC) to encourage and award the Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) designation and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation to those in the public purchasing arena. For additional information about the Council please contact the UPPCC at

The association also publishes various reference books which serve as guides for procurement officials as well as vendors who do business with the states.

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