The State of Procurement in the United States

Darin Matthews - CPPO, CPM, CPSM to speak at User Day 2019

The State of Procurement in the United States
Darin Matthews
12 April 2019

The Negometrix User Day team would like to thank Darin Matthews for joining our 2019 edition. Darin Matthews is currently the Director of Procurement and Supply Chain at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The former NIGP President (2005-2006) has a rich history in procurement, including speaking at multiple conferences across the globe. At the user day in Utrecht, Netherlands, he will address the legal framework of procurement, both at the federal and local level. “While Federal regulations are narrowly defined, there is no nation-wide legal public procurement framework”.

Most US states have made their own rules covering the more than 100,000 US government agencies. Typically, they resemble each other from state to state, but there are marked differences. In some US states, rules can even differ from county to county.

Finding various solicitation announcements can also be a challenge for businesses. Suppliers complain as there is not a central point to find all the opportunities. While some states and systems do have e-procurement systems that offer this function, it is far from universal or widely adopted.

Leading trends will also be discussed such as:

  • Buy local preferences
  • Qualifications based selection (QBS)
  • Sustainable procurement practices
  • Supplier diversity and inclusivity
  • Technology implementation
  • Procurement trends
  • Future of public procurement

While the US has a long history of public procurement regulations and practices, there is much for their procurement practitioners to learn from the rest of the world. This why Darin is very much looking forward to an interactive session.


Darin Matthews, Director of Procurement & Supply Chain for the University of California, Santa Cruz, is a speaker at the Negometrix User Day, 2019. He will present the session “Public Procurement in the US”.

View all workshops here or check www.negometrix.com/gebruikersdag2019 for more information. The User Day takes place on May 14th in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, Netherlands and can only be attended by those from an organization with a Negometrix License. 

About Darin Matthews, CPSM, CPPO, C.P.M.

Darin Matthews is the Director of Procurement & Supply Chain for the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has over 25 years of procurement and supply chain experience in a variety of sectors, and formerly served as President of NIGP: Institute for Public Procurement. He has served as a faculty member for several universities, teaching courses on public procurement, supply chain management, and construction contracting. Darin is the author of several books and articles, including Effective Supply Management Performance published by ISM, and his most recent book, Public Procurement by Birkdale Publishers. He is also a columnist for Government Procurement magazine and speaks throughout the world on such issues as strategic procurement, sustainable procurement strategies, and global logistics.