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Achievement of Excellence in Procurement®

The National Program to Benchmark Organizational Excellence in Procurement

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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.

AEP Online Application Note: You are required to create a new log in and password each year to start the application process. Members-log in to access the AEP Online Registration link and receive your $50 discount when submitting your AEP application. Deadline for 2014 is May 30.

AEP 2014 Webinar Presentation-Download the presentation here.

Click here for the 2014 AEP Brochure.

Click here for AEP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Click here for the list of recipients for 2013.

2013 AEP Award winners-download the "2013 AEP Award Winner" logo here to help publicize your achievement!

Click here for the 2013 Statistics.

Click here for the 18 year history of AEP recipients, including 2013.

Click here for the 2013 sample Press Release for AEP recipients.

What can the AEP Award do for you? Click here.

In addition to the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (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), National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP), Texas Public Purchasing Association (TxPPA), and the Canadian Public Procurement Association / Conseil canadien des marchés publics (CPPC). Associate sponsors are the Airport Purchasing Group (APG), U.S. Communities, the National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (National IPA), Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC), and the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA).

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.

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 Christine Green, C.P.M., Purchasing Agent, City of University Park, TX, and Chair, Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Committee, 214-987-5480, or .