• By Mercedes C Parham
  • Friday, August 16, 2019

District Purchasing Department receives National Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award


Muscogee County School District

2960 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906

For Immediate Release
Mercedes Parham
Director of Communications and Open Records Officer
Office: (706) 748-2034
Fax: (706) 748-2036

Columbus, GA – The Muscogee County School District’s Purchasing Department of the Division of Financial Services has been awarded the 2019 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) award from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI). The program has been in existence for 24 years. The District is one of 23 school districts in the United States and Canada and one of 12 agencies in the state to earn this prestigious award.

The AEP Award is earned by public and non-profit agencies that demonstrate a commitment to procurement excellence. According to the NPI, this annual program recognizes procurement organizations that embrace innovation, professionalism, productivity, leadership and e-procurement demonstrated within the following criteria:

  1. Establishment of procurement ethics standards
  2. Published electronic procurement manual
  3. Established staff professional development program
  4. Maintenance of a continuous improvement program
  5. Centralized procurement authority based in law
  6. Organizational structure
  7. Utilization of electronic commerce
  8. Procurement (P) card system
  9. Use of term/requirements contracts
  10. Professional certifications
  11. Educational attainment
  12. Association leadership positions
  13. Participation at a national, state, provincial, territorial or regional conference or a seminar as a presenter or co-presenter on a public procurement topic or author of a published article on public procurement topic
  14. Adoption of Best Value Procurement Method
  15. Environmental procurement policy
  16. Cooperative procurement strategy
  17. Authority of the Chief Procurement Official to solicit and award contracts
  18. Continued pursuit of excellence

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

Award recipients will be recognized at the National Procurement Institute’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 6-9, 2019.

The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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