Four years ago ProcureSource launched their website with the goal of providing procurement professionals with a centralized place to search for cooperative contracts. During that time their following grew and they continually received positive feedback and accolades for delivering this tool at no cost to procurement professionals.
Despite their best efforts, they were unable to garner the support that would have enabled them to keep this as a free service.
Therefore, they will be winding down the ProcureSource website. The site will be available through June 30th, 2018. Until then, we can still search contracts, but please note that as of the beginning of May they are no longer making updates to the site.
ProcureSource would like to thank all VALUE in Local Government members for their support.
HOW TO TELL YOU’RE WORKING FOR A PSYCHOPATH
by David Gillespie, Procurious
Psychopaths are present in every workplace. And the higher you go in the organization, the more likely you are to encounter one.
Working for a psychopath is no holiday. Here’s how to tell if your boss is one, or just a garden variety bully.
A human resources manager is more likely to know them as sociopaths, micromanagers or workplace bullies. I call them psychopaths, not to insult them or even to suggest that they might be chopping people up for fun, but because they share a common set of character traits with all those personality types and also with criminal psychopaths.
- They are two-faced
A workplace psychopath has a two-faced nature. One face oozes charm and charisma, while the other is viciously mean. They work very hard at flattering those that have power over them, but present a very different face to the people that work forthem. To most of their team they are manipulative and controlling. People who work for a psychopath see this face most of the time.
- They have a pawn
Psychopaths will also recruit a pawn or two. These are people who the psychopath won’t attack, so long as they do their bidding. Frequently it is the pawn delivering the latest piece of manipulation rather than the psychopath themselves. This allows them to put distance between them and their victims and build in automatic plausible deniability if it goes pear-shaped. “No, Terry-The-Pawn was acting on his own initiative, it was nothing to do with me.”
- They are excellent liars
They are convincing liars and they lie compulsively, often for no apparent reason. The truth to them is whatever needs to be said at that moment. It is whatever they judge their audience wants to hear. And they will have no compunction aggressively assuring you something happened which you know didn’t, often to the point where you will doubt your own memory.
- They treat employees as dispensable livestock
They treat most people who work for them as dispensable livestock. And this usually causes the cattle (that would be you) unprecedented levels of stress, frustration and fear. When one victim burns out or leaves, they just move on to the next. They damage the health of individuals and the reputation of the organisation without any regret or shame. The workplace under a psychopath is in constant turmoil. Factions are rife, sick leave sky-rockets, staff turnover becomes endemic and productivity drops like a stone.
- They can’t take criticism
They react to any criticism with aggressive denial or retaliation. If those aren’t options, usually because the critic has more power than them, they will feign victimhood or blame the victims of their actions. Punishment and threats have absolutely no effect on them. They will keep doing things their way, regardless.
In short, they are the classic malevolent workplace bully. This is not to say that all bullying in the workplace is done by psychopaths. Bosses can be mean but it is the frequency of bullying-type behavior that sets psychopaths apart from an everyday horrible boss.
In 2008, UK researcher Clive Boddy from Middlesex University set out to determine exactly how much workplace bullying was caused by psychopaths.
Boddy took a psychopathic checklist and embedded it in a management survey of Australian middle and senior managers. Almost six per cent of the respondents were working with a corporate psychopath as their current manager and thirty-two percent had worked for a psychopath at some time.
A further eleven per cent of respondents were working with managers who showed some psychopathic traits but were not rated at maximum in all categories.
The respondents also revealed how many times they had experienced bullying. Under normal managers, employees encountered bullying less than once a month (nine times a year), but the moderately psychopathic managers bullied employees more than twice a month (on average twenty-nine times a year), accounting for a twenty-one percent of all bullying. If that manager was a psychopath, the employee experienced bullying more than five times a month on average (64.4 times a year) and this accounted for twenty-six percent of all reported cases of bullying.
This means that, as an employee, you can, and probably will, be bullied in the workplace. If your boss is normal, bullying will happen once every six weeks or so. If you are working for a psychopath it will happen once or twice a week, or more. If the behavior described above is happening all the time then your boss is a psychopath. The bad news is that there are not many good options for solving it.
The exit beckons, but while you wait for the right opportunity, there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself and improve your position. Those strategies are the subject of the next part of this series.
Minutes of the VALUE Planning Committee
May 16, 2018
Learn From Your Peers
Jamie asked about the OMB Guidelines and how people handle the guidelines. We discussed the threshholds under the guidelines. Over $5000 you need to follow your internal purchasing guidelines. The entity must have a written conflict of interest policy. You must also show a documentation trail for your quotes obtained. The SAM.gov website must also be checked prior to purchasing.
We discussed the options for learning about public purchasing. The Wisconsin Association for Public Procurement (WAPP.org) is an excellent organization to join. Also, NIGP offers regular, free webinars for their members (NIGP.org). If you have little budget for this year, a free training is offered by Omid Ghamami, President of Purchasing Advantage, on You Tube (https://youtu.be/cojB0d76Mfk). Mr. Ghamami is one of the trainers for some of the classes offered by NIGP.
NIGP Forum was discussed. It’s a great training option, but its very expensive to attend. Also, many of the hotels in the area are fully booked.
Robert asked if anyone uses Periscope for obtaining their NIGP codes. He received their annual invoice, and their renewal rate has increased significantly. Nobody used Periscope, but a number of our entities have their own coding system that they use.
Balance as of April 30, 2018:
Appointment of Vice Chair
Vicky Nash was appointed as the Vice Chair for 2018-2019.
Hiring a Tax Professional
Matt reached out to a few tax professionals. Only one response was received from Hammernik Associates. Mr. Hammernik has dissolved organizations before. Beth indicated the prices he quoted appear to be reasonable (between $2000 and $3000). She will look into obtaining a second quote.
Bill asked if WAPP was agreeable to having us dissolve and become one of their committees. Matt indicated he did speak with the President of WAPP, Rick Jensen, who brought up the idea for discussion with their executive board. WAPP is agreeable.
Beth suggested we consider sending hard copy letters to the membership regarding what we offer for their membership. For example, there are years of purchasing experience at our meetings, and that experience would be invaluable to our members.
We discussed what the agreement with WAPP should look like. We would want to put in writing what duties we are doing. Also we may want to change our name to avoid confusion for folks. We would also potentially need monies to operate, so we may need to negotiate that the monies we turn over to WAPP go into our budget.
Our new format would potentially include:
- Have a monthly topic for discussion each month. Anyone interested could call into the meeting for free.
- Purchasing User Group meeting – perhaps have 3-4 regional groups
- Mentoring and Training
- Host the WAPP meeting in March
- Help folks with cooperative purchasing opportunities
ProcureSource contacted us to say that despite their best efforts, they were unable to garner support to keep their services as a free service. Their website was created to allow government entities to go to one website to search for cooperative purchasing opportunities. They will be shutting down their website on June 30, 2018.
Date: July 10, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm CST
This webinar focuses on the feasibility study stage of Pay For Success deals. During this process, organizations work with technical assistance providers to identify potential partners, target populations, interventions, and outcomes related to tackling pervasive social issues including child maltreatment, homelessness, recidivism, etc. At the end of the feasibility study, it is determined whether or not a project is appropriate for a Pay For Success transaction. We discuss the process of conducting a feasibility study and the costs and benefits associated with this type of work for organizations. In addition, we give an example of a feasibility study that was conducted in Colorado.
Below are changes or additions to the various piggyback opportunities available to VALUE member agencies. Visit the piggyback page on the VALUE website, and click on the Pig to see the full list.
Do you have a contract to add to the list? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to add your contracts to the piggyback list!
Calcium Thiosulfate Liquid
Auto & Truck Glass Replacement
Updates to State of Wisconsin contracts are issued weekly by the State of Wisconsin. VALUE is reprinting the weekly information received as a courtesy to our members.
The following contracts have been updated for the week of 5/7/2018 - 5/11/2018:
505ENT-M12-SERVICESIT-01 Vendor Managed Services Sourcing Contract - Updated Fiscal Year-End Process Instructions (Attachment #1)
505ENT-M18-ELEVATORSV-00 Elevator Maintenance and Repair Services - Added Lot #66 for DOA (Tommy Thompson WHEDA Building)
505ENT-M15-PROPANESVC-00 Propane / LP Gas – Statewide - Contract is renewed until 6/30/19.
The following contracts have been updated for the week of 5/14/2018 - 5/18/2018:
505ENT-M16-COLDSET-01 Class 3 Printing of Cold Set Web Booklet Publications Collated and/or Bound in Digest, Magazine, or Tabloid Sizes - Corrected 3CW Paper Price Chart has been uploaded as there were errors on the document.
505ENT-O16-Ammunition-00 Ammunition - Statewide Use - Updated contract pricing.
505ENT-M16-PRINTPAPER-00 Paper: Printing Grades, 50" Roll Stock (DET), and Copy Paper (White and Colors) - LOT B paper prices have increased. Please use this most updated LOT B Pricing and Roll Stock Order Form.
505ENT-M15-MFDCOPIER-00 Copiers and Related Devices - Temporary Contract Manager changed from J. Witecha to B. Derge until reassigned.
505ENT-M11-HICAPCENT-01 High Capacity Local Voice Trunking (CenturyLink) - The contract and amendments documents were converted and reposted as searchable and redacted.
505ENT-O18-CONELCWPNS-01 Conducted Electrical Weapons (CEW) and Related Accessories - State of MN approved a price increase for Axon effective 3/1/18. Updated prices are included in the State of MN Contract and Pricing attachment.
505ENT-M17-WIRELESSPH-XX Wireless Telephony and Broadband Plans, Equipment and Support - The contract and amendments documents were converted and reposted as searchable and redacted.
The following contracts have been updated for the week of 5/21/2018 - 5/25/2018:
505ENT-M15-OFFURNITUR-00 STATEWIDE OFFICE FURNITURE - JSJ Furniture no longer in business effective 5/18/18.
505ENT-O14-TRAININGRM-01 Occupational Safety and Health Online Training - Renewed the Contract Through May 31, 2019 and Updated the Price Sheet
505ENT-M14-FUEL OILSW-00 Fuel Oil – Statewide Locations (State-wide contract for fuel oil, dyed for off-road use only) - Updated Quick Start User Guide.
505ENT-M14-LEGALRSRCH-00 Online Legal Research Tools - Updated Quick Guide with new contract mgr info
505ENT-O15-FLOORING-00 Statewide Flooring Including Commercial Carpet, Resilient Coverings (Virgin and Recycled) and Related Services - Added new products to Creative Solutions Price List. Added new products to Nonn's Price List
The following contracts have been updated for the week of 5/29/2018 - 6/1/2018:
505ENT-M16-PRINTPAPER-00 Paper: Printing Grades, 50" Roll Stock (DET), and Copy Paper (White and Colors) - LOT C paper prices have increased. Please use this most updated LOT C Pricing (Midland Paper) Order Form. All LOT contracts have been renewed for 1 more year
505ENT-M12-SERVICESIT-01 IT Vendor Managed Services Sourcing Contract - The Contract has been extended through June 30, 2019
505ENT-O16-SAFETYCOMM-00 NASPO Public Safety Communication Equipment - All Contracts Have Been Renewed Through June 30, 2021 - Except For Radio Frequency System (RFS). We Are Waiting For RFS' Decision To Renew. Added Vendor Contact Information File to Attachments
The following contracts have been updated for the week of 6/4/2018 - 6/8/2018:
505ENT-M18-DATAENTRYS-00 Data Entry Services - Contract is renewed for one year (7.1.2018 through 6.30.2019). Effective 7.1.2018, Data Shop’s prices will increase by 3%.
505ENT-M18-RATECERT-00 Class 5 Legal/Public Notices: Rate Certification Program - Certification Rates Bulletin updated for June 2018
505ENT-M16-CUSTOM-01 Class 8 Printing: Custom Forms: Continuous and Snapset - Contract has been renewed for 1 more year
505ENT-M16-PRINTPAPER-00 Paper: Printing Grades, 50" Roll Stock (DET), and Copy Paper (White and Colors) - New order form for Badger State is now uploaded with increased pricing.
505ENT-M14-FUEL OILSW-00 Fuel Oil – Statewide Locations (State-wide contract for fuel oil, dyed for off-road use only) - Added Heating Plant Contact List.
505ENT-M15-PROPANESVC-00 Propane / LP Gas – Statewide - Added Heating Plants Contact List.
505ENT-M14-DEBTCLLCTN-00 Debt Collection Services and Skip Tracing Service - Updated Synopsis
505ENT-M15-SECGRDSVS-00 Security Guard Services - Contract has been renewed through June 30, 2019. Price increase approved for PerMar Security for Security Guard Levels 1 and 2 in all 8 regions. The updated prices are included in the Contract Price List.
505ENT-M18-TEMPHELPSV-00 Non-IT Temporary Help Services (for Assignments Twelve (12) Months or Less) - Contract is renewed for one year (7.1.2018 through 6.30.2019). Talent Network Group will not renew.
505ENT-M18-PAGINGSUPP-00 Paging Equipment, Airtime and Support - New contract
505ENT-M18-AudioVideo-00 Audio Video Conferencing Equipment and Related Services - New contract