August 9, 2019
Scott Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277-9412
ELLICOTT CITY – Today, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced that the County has been honored with the “Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award” (AEP) by the National Procurement Institute (NPI) for the 11th consecutive year. The award is earned by agencies that demonstrate a commitment to procurement excellence. This annual program recognizes procurement organizations that embrace Innovation, Professionalism, Productivity, Leadership and e-Procurement.
“Once again, our Office of Purchasing is recognized as one of the best in the nation for their work to serve the residents and businesses of Howard County,” said Ball. “I want to thank each and every member of our team for their efforts to support our operations with integrity, transparency, and innovation. Your support is also critical to expanding opportunity for all.”
“Our dedicated staff continue to meet the highest standard of professionalism and service. We are always proud to receive the recognition of our peers and we will continue to effectively and efficiently serve the people of Howard County,” said Howard County Purchasing Administrator Dean Hof.
The AEP requires a thorough recertification process and documentation of best practices. Howard County is one of only 201 public entities in the nation to receive this award and one of only five public entities in the state of Maryland.
The Office of Purchasing maintains approximately 660 annual contracts for the goods and services that allow departments to serve the citizens of Howard County. The professional staff provides procurement advice and counsel to the departments of Howard County regarding methods for legally, effectively, efficiently and strategically procuring the highest quality of goods and services.
The National Procurement Institute, founded in 1968 as a non-profit organization, serves public procurement professionals internationally. NPI is focused on leading excellence in public procurement.