City of Irvine is Awarded the Prestigious 26th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement

The AEP Award is earned by public and nonprofit agencies that demonstrate a commitment to procurement excellence.

 IRVINE, Calif. (August 2, 2021): The City of Irvine’s Financial Management & Strategic Planning Department received the 26th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) for 2021 from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI). This annual program recognizes procurement organizations that embrace Innovation, Professionalism, Productivity, Leadership, and e-Procurement.

The AEP program encourages the development of excellence as well as continued organizational improvement to earn the award annually. For 2021, there were 179 successful applicants including 63 cities, 40 counties, 36 special districts, 19 school districts, 12 higher education agencies, seven state or provincial agencies, and two others.

“I’m thrilled to see continued excellence in procurement at the City,” said Mayor Farrah N. Khan. “Awards like this are a testament to our outstanding City staff and our overall commitment to fiscal health.”

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).

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