July 14

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Procurement processes came under pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic. The adoption of supplies and services accelerated as the nation navigated the crisis, and many outdated purchasing systems and policies were strained. A recent Center for Digital Government survey of state and local government officials found the biggest impact the pandemic has had on procurement is shining a spotlight on the need for digital transformation and greater efficiencies in this space.

On July 14th, join Government Technology as we look at the opportunities governments have to improve purchasing and the steps they can take to modernize the procurement process from end to end. Register now to also hear our expert speakers:

  • Unpack more of the key findings from our recent research survey
  • Discuss the latest technologies and tools that help automate and speed the procurement process
  • How current and future federal funding might impact procurement even further



Dugan Petty — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government and former State Purchasing Manager, state of Oregon

For 15 years, Dugan Petty served in Oregon state government. His goal was to improve its effectiveness at the enterprise level. He served as the state’s chief information officer for six years. His collaborative leadership led to a new e-government delivery system, open government applications, strengthening security, and improvements in IT governance.

He moved to Oregon in 1998 to become the state’s chief procurement official. During this time, he co-led a cross jurisdictional taskforce in the modernization of Oregon’s procurement statutes. In 2003-2004, he led a sourcing initiative called Smart Buy that improved contract outcomes and reduced spending. During this time, he gained a reputation as a trusted leader who could work with diverse groups to achieve consensus-based outcomes in procurement, risk management, sustainability, and information technology.

Before coming to Oregon, he served in Alaska state government for over 24 years. He started his career in facilities management. His effectiveness as an innovator and leader was recognized, and he was promoted to deputy director of General Services and eventually director of General Services. Then, his knowledge and effectiveness in managing state procurement resulted in an appointment as the state’s chief procurement officer.

Dugan is a past president of both the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). Additionally, he was a founding member and past chair of the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA). He received the Julio Mazzone Distinguished Service Award in public purchasing in 2004, and Government Technology magazine named Dugan one of its Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2011.


Jarrod McAdoo

Senior Manager Product Marketing, Ivalua