In March 2010, UPPCC agreed to co-sponsor the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) award.
In 1995, the National Purchasing Institute (NPI) founded the (AEP) award program. NPI is the public sector affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). The AEP is awarded annually to those organizations that demonstrate excellence by obtaining a minimum score on a rating of standardized criteria. The program is designed to measure innovation, professionalism, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement organization.
The program was created by the National Purchasing Institute to:
1. Recognize organizational excellence in public and non-profit procurement,
2. Encourage development of excellence,
3. Provide benchmarks for continued excellence, and
4. Increase awareness of public procurement as a profession.
More information including the electronic application and a list of all previous AEP recipients are available on the web at www.nationalpurchasinginstitute.org.