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.
Deadline for 2015 is May 29.
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 Brian P. Garrity, C.P.M., CPPB, Procurement Administrator, Town of Oro Valley, AZ, and Chair, Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Committee, 520-229-4722, or firstname.lastname@example.org.