City earns award for purchasing practices and policies

City of Santa Clarita City Hall

The city of Santa Clarita has been awarded the prestigious 22nd Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) award for 2017 from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI).  This is the seventh time the city has received this award in recognition of Santa Clarita’s purchasing policies and practices.

The AEP award is earned by public and non-profit organizations that obtain a high application score based on standardized criteria. The AEP is awarded annually to recognize innovation, professionalism, electronic procurement, productivity and leadership in the procurement function.

The city’s procurement ethics standards, eProcurement practices and internal procurement automation received high honors and recognition among judges.

Several other areas were also accredited, including the city’s creative and successful annual Vendor Outreach program, centralized procurement authority, internal customer and professional development training programs, the use of electronic systems for bids, quotes and online surplus auctions and the City’s employee Procurement Card program.

Santa Clarita is one of only 68 cities in the United States and Canada to receive this esteemed award. The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® award is awarded annually and has the distinction of being sponsored by every major procurement association in the nation.

For more information about the AEP award, please contact the City’s Clerk & Contract Services Manager, Joe Oerum at (661) 286-4184 or [email protected].

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