AEP Award


Why Should you Apply for the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® Award? Click here!

The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement ® application due date is May 15, 2024 (midnight CST).

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

In 1995, the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI) established the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) program, designed to recognize organizational excellence in public procurement. This prestigious annual award is earned by those organizations that demonstrate excellence by obtaining a high score based on criteria designed to measure innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement, and leadership attributes of the procurement organization. From nine recipients in 1996 to around 200 in the most recent years, the AEP continues to be recognized as the premier award in the public procurement profession.

The application is designed to encourage procurement professionals to go beyond the minimum requirements as set yearly by the AEP Sponsors and to recognize innovative programs and solutions that exemplify outstanding achievements. The award not only focuses on practical, documented work but also recognizes leadership and contributions that further advance the public procurement profession.

The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) is sponsored by the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO), Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO), the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), 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 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) is supported by the Airport Purchasing Group (APG), National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP), Omnia Partners, Pavilion, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership 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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