AEP Award


The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement ® application due date is May 15, 2021 (midnight CST).

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

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), the AEP is sponsored by the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO), Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO), National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement, National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP), Texas Public Purchasing Association (TxPPA), and the Canadian Public Procurement Council / Conseil canadien des marchés publics (CPPC). The AEP is supported by the Airport Purchasing Group (APG), Omnia Partners, the Sustainable Leadership Purchasing Council (SPLC), Strategic Government Resources (SGR) and the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC).

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, CPSM, C.P.M., CPPB, Director of Procurement, Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, and AEP Officer, Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® Committee, [email protected].

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You can’t imagine what an impact this has for us. This award is 3rd party validation that we obtained a level of excellence.

We appreciate the opportunity to be able to document our performance and practices and to have them scored by an outside agency. We value earning this award and enjoy displaying it!

I have an amazing purchasing staff and it is such a joy to see their many efforts acknowledged with this prestigious award!

We are proud to be considered and very excited to join the ranks of our peers as we continue to work in getting better in what we do while driving change within public procurement and be leaders in our field.

Thanks for starting our day with this great news! We greatly appreciate NPI and the evaluation committee’s consideration of the City’s application. We look forward to another great year, continued development and improvement, and to our 2017 AEP application!

On behalf of the entire team, thank you for this very positive notification! We are both humbled and honored to receive this exciting news. Earning the prestigious Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award is an accomplishment we have targeted, and will now be an annual benchmark for the achievement of continuous improvement.


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