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Member News: Kawika Pierson, Fred Thompson

The National Association of State Procurement Officials, Inc. (NASPO) announced on February 27┬áthat the Willamette Center for Governance and Public Policy Research, Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University, Salem OR has been selected to receive the first grant awarded under its Academic Research Program. NASPO’s Academic Research Program seeks to stimulate research on state government and public procurement issues.

The program supports research projects that are relevant to public procurement practices, public procurement policy (specifically at the state level), state government operations, and the significance of federal policy on state government operations. Research grants are available for faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars. Professors Kawika Pierson and Fred Thompson will carry out the NASPO funded research project, which focuses on the procurement of IT systems by state tax-collecting agencies.