Newsletter - January 2019 Print

Membership Dues are Due!

Membership Dues

A friendly reminder to pay your annual VALUE in Local Government membership dues before the end of February!  Your membership dues are $50.00 for the year, and cover everyone in your government entity.

To Renew Your Membership by P-Card

  • Visit the VALUE website (
  • Log into your account (the login is on the left hand side on the home page).  Your login name is your email address.
  • Click on "Member Dues" on the left hand side.

The website will automatically allow you to pay by credit card.  To pay by check, please use the instructions below. 

To Pay by Check
When you get to the screen asking for a credit card, click the "Bypass Payment" button.  Please make checks out to V.A.L.U.E. in Local Government, and remit your payment to the following address:

V.A.L.U.E. in Local Government
c/o City of West Allis - Purchasing Dept.
7525 W. Greenfield Avenue
West Allis, Wisconsin 53214

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Free! CPPB Training Opportunity!

CPPB Training Opportunity

Trainer: Jim McGuire, MSSCM, CSCP, CPSM, CPPB, and Procurement Officer at DuPage County, IL

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9am – 4pm, and Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 11am – 4pm.

Where: DuPage County Campus, 421 County Road Farm, Wheaton IL, 60087, 3rdFloor near the elevator. Covered parking is available in the parking structure.

Cost: Classes are free, and lunch will be provided at no cost to you, however, you may need to obtain a hotel room.

Who should attend? Anyone interested in testing for their CPPB accreditation in 2019. Since there is a tremendous amount of overlap in the CPPO exam, those interested in obtaining their CPPO accreditation may also find this class very useful.

What is covered in the class? Jim will cover all topics included in the UPPCC Exam Guide, including class discussions on key concepts with others attending the class. Short quizzes for each section will be utilized, and reviewed.

Required Texts: This class is a supplement to other classes and books offered by NIGP, however, there is one inexpensive text that Jim suggests that you read before attending this class, it is: Purchasing and Supply Management : With 50 Supply Chain Casesby Michiel Leenders,  Anna Flynn, Harold E. Fearon, P. Fraser Johnson. This is a textbook and will cover many items related to the certification exam. Costs of used copies, FOB Delivered, range from $4.00 to $10.00 and up. NOTE: FOB DELIVEREDis a concept that you must know for the exam!!! For the money, it is hard to beat. It is available from eBay or Amazon.

Additional Training: Jim McGuire will be our guest trainer at the WAPP/VALUE meeting to be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019 in Milwaukee, WI. James will cover the topics of: Tackling Cost in any Procurement, Ethics and Procurement, and Bids, Bias and Brands, Oh My!

How to Register for the CPPB Training Class: Simple! Just send Jim an e-mail, letting him know your interest and your contact information. Jim’s e-mail address is: [email protected]

McGuire          book

UPPCC is currently accepting online application submissions for the May 7-19, 2019 testing window through the February 4, 2019 application deadline (late deadline February 19).


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What SHOULD BE the Role of the Modern Manager?

What SHOULD BE the Role of the Modern Manager?

By Anne Kohler
The Mpower Group

What is a Manager?  According to a manager is “an individual who is in charge of a certain group of tasks, or a certain subset of a company. A manager often has a staff of people who report to him or her.”  This definition is not new and seems to capture the essence of the role we are all familiar with.  But is that role of the manager what we really need in our organizations today?  As we are trying to increase our influence and move along the maturity curve in procurement, we need “managers” that are more like coaches and facilitators than task masters. 

I recently read an article in HBR entitled “The Role of the Manager Needs to Change in 5 Key Ways”. According to the article, “For almost 100 years, management has been associated with the five basic functions outlined by management theorist Henri Fayol: planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. These have become the default dimensions of a manager. But they relate to pursuing a fixed target in a stable landscape. Take away the stability of the landscape, and one needs to start thinking about the fluidity of the target. This is what’s happening today, and managers must move away from the friendly confines of these five tasks.”  Wrap your head around that – 100 years?  Think about how dramatically the world and business has changed in the last 20 years and how the speed of change is accelerating exponentially each and every year.  So, shouldn’t we expect that the roles of our leaders need to change as well?   

Here are ways the role of the Manager should change:

Directive to Instructive:  As more of our work becomes automated, there will be less and less need to have managers that direct employees to do routine tasks.  Managers need to spend time thinking about how to shape the future in the contextof automation.  What is really needed, is to have a leader that creates a safe learning environment where employees have the opportunity to increase their skillset and practice those new skills to move beyond the routine.   

Restrictive to Expansive:  This changeis one of the most important.  We need managers that can create the “multiplier effect” – replicating their skillset in their employees.  Managers that delegate their authority and encourage their employees to learn and grow will free up their own time to be more strategic.   The sign of a good manager is one that has developed their people to take on bigger and better roles within the company. 

Exclusive to Inclusive:  We often assume that once someone is made a manager, they are automatically considered to be a good decision maker.  But decision makingis as much a science as an art and we very rarely teach managers how to make good decisions.  Studies have found that seeking out input from a diverse set of thinkers, will lead to better decisions.  Good managers seek out input from their peers and employees and use that input to create alignment and make decisions that others will follow.

Problem-Solver to Challenger:  Problem solving may always be part of the role of the manager but encouraging others to solve problems by challenging the status quoand getting others to find new ways of solving old problems will go a long way to growing / improving the business as opposed to just putting out fires. 

Employer to Entrepreneur:  The job of a manager must be permanently recast from an employer to an entrepreneur. Being entrepreneurial is a mode of thinking, one that can help us see things we normally overlook and do things we normally avoid. Thinking like an entrepreneur simply means to expand your perception and increase your action — both of which are important for finding new gateways for development. And this would make organizations more future facing — more vibrant, alert, playful — and open to the perpetual novelty it brings.”

The best managers are those that bring out the best in their people and allow them to shine.  This type of manager will be well equipped to take on the challenges that our rapidly changing business environment is throwing our way.

Submitted by: Robert Barwick, City of West Allis

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Meeting Minutes


Minutes of the VALUE Planning Committee
December 19, 2018

Barwick, Robert
Beckwith, Jamie
Fleming, Matthew
Hartmann, Roy
Kurer, Bill
McKinney, Duane
White, Jen

IRS Forms Review
The Planning Committee reviewed the tax filing procedures for this year, and subsequent years. Treasurer Duane McKinney will be responsible for the filings.

VALUE will need to file a 990EZ form each year and renew the incorporation each year. Nick of Hammernik Associates will provide instructions.

Jen White continues work on updating the By-Laws.

New and Ongoing Business
Treasurer’s Report – filed by Treasurer-Duane McKinney

New Members – None

Membership Renewals – Have been e-mailed out to all member agencies and we are starting to receive the renewals.

Learn From Your Peers
A Free CPPB training opportunity is available to all WAPP and VALUE members. Presenter is Jim McGuire, on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday the 27thin Wheaton, IL. See the January VALUE newsletter for more information.

Logo Design
Committee discussed the new logo ideas presented by Jen White. Committee has narrowed down the selection to a couple of choices. Jen White will have the designs updated, and we will select the final design at the January meeting.

Planning for March Meeting
James McGuire has been acquired to provide three training sessions on Thursday, the first day of the March Conference. Classes will be: Tackling Cost in any Procurement, Ethics and Procurement, and Bids, Bias and Brands, Oh My!

Ideas for other time slots include Ewald Automotive for an update on new vehicles, and ordering timelines. National IPA is willing to discuss their recent merger with US Communities. Amazon is also willing to speak about their services and their new pricing schedule for their Business and PRIME accounts.

The group approved the Wisconsin Association Management Training Center, 11801 W Silver Spring Dr. Suite 200, Milwaukee, WI 53225 as the location for the meeting. Robert and Vicky will complete facility arrangements/ food selection/ and hotel arrangements.

January Meeting
The group approved Kegels Inn, 59thand National, as the meeting and lunch location. Vicky has made reservations for Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Lunch is scheduled at 11:30am with meeting to follow at 1pm.

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NIGP Webinars

NIGP Webinars


Public Procurement Practice: Selecting the Appropriate Construction Project Delivery Method

January 15, 2019
1:00 - 2:30 CST

Join us and hear directly from the team that developed guidance for selecting the appropriate construction project delivery as they share insights and highlight key concepts.

After viewing this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the three different primary construction delivery methods
  • Consideration of award criteria, project characteristics, and attributes of each delivery method
  • Select the most appropriate construction project delivery method(s) for the award criteria  



Public Procurement Practice – Audits

February 5, 2019
1:00 - 2:30 CST

Procurement is likely to face or become involved in an audit. This webinar highlights recently-published guidance on the how procurement professionals can prepare for, participate in, and emerge from an audit with increased economy, effectiveness, and efficiency. Join the procurement professionals who developed the guidance in this public procurement practice as they share their experiences and lessons learned

 After viewing this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Determine their agency’s vulnerabilities regarding an upcoming audit.
  • Prepare their agencies for an audit.
  • Maintain audit readiness through self- assessments
  • Respond to audit findings and implement a plan of action  

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Piggyback Updates


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 [email protected] to add your contracts to the piggyback list!

New Contracts



Contract Extensions



Contract Expirations

Starting Aids
Traffic Control Equipment



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State of Wisconsin Contract Updates


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 12/17/2018 - 12/21/2018:

505ENT-M15-MOTOR FUEL-00 Motor Fuels – Statewide- Updated locations listing.

505ENT-O16-Ammunition-00 Ammunition - Statewide Use- Updated contract pricing. Streicher's no longer represents Hornady.

505ENT-M19-LEGALNOTIC-01 Class 5 Legal Notices: Published in the Official State Newspaper for the State of Wisconsin– New contract

505ENT-M19-RATECERT-00 Class 5 Legal/Public Notices: Rate Certification Program– New contract


The following contracts have been updated for the week of 12/26/2018 - 12/28/2018:

505ENT-O15-FLOORING-00 Statewide Flooring Including Commercial Carpet, Resilient Coverings (Virgin and Recycled) and Related Services- Combined Karastan/Karastan Commercial carpet, Creative Solutions price list. Added new Interface products to Menomonie Flooring Price List

505ENT-M19-CANLINERS-00 Can Liners- Updated links on User Guide

505ENT-M19-PHARMREPACK-00 Pharmaceutical Repackaging– New contract


The following contracts have been updated for the week of 1/1/2019 - 1/4/2019:

505ENT-M19-RATECERT-00 Class 5 Legal/Public Notices: Rate Certification Program- Certification Rates Bulletin updated for January 2019

505ENT-M14-IWATSUREPR-01 Iwatsu Key Telephone Systems- This contract expired on 12/31/2018.

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