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Achievement of Excellence in Procurement®

The National Program to Benchmark Organizational Excellence in Procurement

In 1995, the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI) established a program designed to recognize organizational excellence in public procurement.  The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) is awarded annually.  This prestigious award is earned by those organizations that demonstrate excellence by obtaining a high score based on standardized criteria.  The criteria are designed to measure innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement, and leadership attributes of the procurement organization.

In addition to the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI) (NPI), the AEP is sponsored by the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO), Institute for Supply Management (ISM), Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO), National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), and National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP). Associate sponsors are the Airport Purchasing Group (APG), Texas Public Purchasing Association (TxPPA), Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC), and U.S. Communities.

You do not have to be a large jurisdiction or city to be successful.  All sizes of organizations have been successful in the past.  Various types of jurisdictions have won.  Counties, cities, school districts, states, special districts, and universities, both public and private, are eligible.  View the list of recipients.

You can establish the likelihood of success of your organization by viewing the application.  Review the criteria and determine your score.  Although an independent committee conducts the official evaluation, an objective self-evaluation will give you a good idea of your success

Additional questions may be addressed to Chrsitine Green, C.P.M., Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Chair 214-987-5480 or