SPO News

SPO Pueo Award Presented to DCCA Staff for Best Practices

Across the world, the owl serves as a symbol of wisdom and knowledge. Pueo, the Hawaiian Owl has a special place in Hawaii’s mythology. Pueos were silently sailing over the Hawaiian Islands well before the arrival of the first Polynesians. This bird of wisdom is known for offering guidance and protection.

The SPO recognizes state employees who are guardians of procurement with its Pueo Award.  The Pueo Award was presented to Jacqueline Choy and Brent Suyama of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs for Best Practices in Procurement on September 5, 2014, at DCCA’s Annual Incentive and Awards Ceremony.  Jacqueline and Brent were recognized for their due diligence and exemplary documentation in justifying a request for exemption from HRS Chapter 103D in awarding a contract to National Theatre for Children. These Procurement Specialists conducted in-depth market research and cost and pricing analysis that was exceptionally crafted and meaningful. This team understands the vital importance of procurement planning which includes researching what is available in the current market and analyzing what a competitive price should be for the service – essentially safeguarding taxpayer money!

Any acquisition, whether it is exempt or not, must have adequate strategic planning to assure a successful, competitively priced contract.

Well done, Jacqueline and Brent, and thank you Director Keali’i Lopez for your graciousness in allowing us to present at DCCA’s Award Ceremony!

SPO Presents Jacqueline Choy and Brent Suyama of DCCA with the Pueo Award on September 5, 2014.

SPO Presents Jacqueline Choy and Brent Suyama of DCCA with the Pueo Award on September 5, 2014.


SPO Administrator to Speak at SBH Sunrise Networking Breakfast

SPO Administrator Sarah Allen will be a special guest speaker at the next Smart Business Hawaii (SBH) Sunrise Networking Breakfast, which will be held Thursday, July 31, 7 – 8:30 am, in the Pineapple Room, Macy’s Ala Moana Center. More information is available on the SBH website.

Topic: Small Business and the Hawaii Economy, and How it Relates to State Procurement




The Procurement Policy Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Cancellation Notice: July-Cancelled

If you would like to be included on the email notice list for future Procurement Policy Board meetings, please email your name, email address and phone number to procurement.policy.board@hawaii.gov.


Compliance & Ethics Essentials Covered at HPI Summer Procurement Series

More than 45 attendees participated in the half-day workshop on Compliance & Ethics Essentials of the Summer Procurement Series.  The workshop was coordinated and moderated by event chair Cori Lau, Esq., (pictured in photo on the right), and featured speakers SPO Administrator Sarah Allen (pictured in photo on the left), Michael Matsumoto, Jessica Wong and Mihoko Ito.  The third in the series of workshops on Protests: Legal Update will be held on Friday, July 25, and will be chaired by Randy Whatoff.

HPI 20140627 Compliance Workshop Allen and Lau photo


SPO Administrator Speaks at NCMA Aloha Chapter Training

SPO Administrator Sarah Allen spoke to about 30 Acquisition Professionals at the Aloha Chapter of the National Contract Management Association’s May 15, 2014, meeting about the importance of good leadership and elevating the procurement profession.  She shared her thoughts on valuable tips cited in the article, “Secrets of Superstar Contracting Professionals,” found the May 2014 issue of NCMA’s magazine, Contract Management.  Click here for the complete article: 2014_0515 NCMA Training

2014_05 DOE at NCMA Training


Hawaii Procurement Institute Legislative Update

While different organizations disagreed on how to improve or fix state procurement laws, they all agreed that contractors, procurement professionals, lawmakers and the State Procurement Office (SPO) should convene and have proactive discussions on procurement issues before the start of the next legislative session. This was the common message shared by speakers at the 2014 Legislative Update sponsored by the Hawaii Procurement Institute (HPI) on April 30, 2014.  The audience of more than 20 from both the public and private sectors was a good indication that the issue of procurement was of great importance and interest.  Click here for the complete article: 2014 HPI Legislative Update