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October, 2004


Certification
Education
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Certification

At the ISM Board meeting in August, the Certification Committee provided recommendations on the future of the A.P.P. and C.P.M. programs. Among other things, the BOD accepted the Committee recommendations to: 1)End the A.P.P. program, 2) Continue with the study to determine the content/focus of the C.P.M. program before determining what changes will be necessary to position the credential for our customers in the future. ISM has already taken action to notify people that the A.P.P. program will be discontinued.

I think the plan to update the program is a good idea, but I also think we need to keep in touch with those plans and provide our suggestions and ideas. I recommend every person concerned about the C.P.M. program: 1) Read the committee recommendations, 2) review the ISM actions described in the latest NewsLine, 3) discuss the topic among your peers 4) provide feedback and comments to the certification committee. 

Education

Kudos to NAPM Alaska for hosting the 61st Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference. I heard some awesome speakers, had excellent food service from the hotel,  had a lot of fun at the dinner mystery theater and saw some wonderful scenery. Who'd have known we were in the wild frontier?

Personal Development

Do you get involved in Federal Contracting, or are you a prime contractor to a Federal Agency. If so, here is an online forum which has discussions and questions about many federal contracting regulations. Where in Federal Contracting

While we are talking about the Fed.... Ever get into a discussion about how the Fed allocates money to your prime contracts? Here is a new resource that might help. The GAO has just released the 3rd editions of their Principles of Federal Appropriations Law www.gao.gov/special.pubs/3rdeditionvol1.pdf 

Am I an employee worth keeping?  What makes a great employee?   (hint: It's more than just showing up for work on time... Companies use personnel resources to accomplish goals and meet objectives. Just like the commodities we purchase everyday, personnel resources have to be the right quality, meet company needs, add value, etc.) Watch future newsletters for some thoughts and articles on this topic. 

ISM News

These from the latest ISM NewsLine www.ism.ws/MembersOnly/Newsline/Newsline1004a.cfm

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Provide Feedback and suggestions for future newsletters at any time. I'll try and use what I can.

I really do appreciate those of you who take the time to write and comment on this newsletter!  

TTFN, 

Mt

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