Procurement affects and is affected by the public sector organization as a whole, and the community it serves, whether at the local, state, or national level. Therefore, participation in the collaborative development and adoption of Public Procurement Values and Guiding Principles by all stakeholders is desired. As a way to show support for this collaborative initiative, professional organizations may join as a Supporting Organization. There is no time or financial commitment to becoming a Supporting organization. It simply means that the organization supports NIGP’s collaborative efforts to develop public procurement values, principles, and standards of practice. If the organization can share the word about the project with its members, that would be very valuable.

For more information, or to be added as a Supporting Organization, please contact Tina M. Borger, CPPO, Research Director for NIGP at

Feb 14, 2013


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Jan 3, 2013

Welcome 2013

Welcome to 2013!  There is no better way to start off the year than to get involved with the Principles & Practices Project.  Start your year off by commenting on the latest practice or by joining the review team!  If your organization or company is interested in becoming a supporting or adopting organization, please use the form on the homepage to sign up.

We're looking forward to a great 2013 and hope that you'll join us.


Dec 20, 2012

Tis The Season to Comment

Tis the Season to Comment!  Help us with the last practice of 2012, The Evaluation Process, by providing your expertise and comments.  This practice will remain open for public comment through January 7, 2013Click here to add your comments!

Thank you to everyone who has made 2012 one of the most successful years for the Principles & Practices Project yet!  There is plenty more to come in the New Year so stay tuned!


Nov 30, 2012

Growth of Global Standard Practices for Public Procurement

Herndon, VA – NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement and the UK Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) today jointly announce the release of three additional global Public Procurement Practices: Developing Evaluation Criteria; Outsourcing; and Technology in Public Procurement.


As part of a larger shared initiative to define and formalize global professional standards for government procurement officials, the release of these practices brings to 17 the body of standardized practices providing high-level guidance across government procurement activities.


Public entities at all levels of government perform many of the same procurement activities, yet their methodologies and outcomes differ. Reflecting on the importance of a body of professional standards for public procurement, David Noble, CIPS’ Chief Executive Officer observed, “Establishing a broad base of professional practices provides the common operating reference for practitioners and an evaluative resource for the general public to measure the procurement practices of their governments.” 


NIGP’s Chief Executive Officer, Rick Grimm, added, “Historically, the specific practices of a profession are closely held or are otherwise difficult to discover. By contrast, professionals in public procurement value the fundamental nature of transparency in government practice. We publish these Practices with the intent to serve the professional needs of the government procurement community, while simultaneously serving the public’s need to assure their governments’ appropriate stewardship of tax-based revenues.”


NIGP and CIPS will continue to jointly develop and release additional Practices over the coming 18 months and beyond.  The CIPS-NIGP partnership intends to release a total of 30 Practices by the end of June 2013.  The core foundation of 30 Practices and those that follow will be maintained through an ongoing review and development process to ensure that the body of Practices remains relevant and supports the needs of government procurement practitioners over time.


The Practices for Public Procurement are founded upon the Values of Public Procurement necessary to preserve the public trust, protect the public interest, and ensure fairness for the public good. Those Values are: Accountability, Ethics, Impartiality, Professionalism, Service, and Transparency.


Oct 11, 2012

October 18, 2012 - Performance Based Contracting Webinar

Join us October 18, 2012 for a Performance Based Contracting Webinar.  Presented by Stephen Gordon, Ph.D., FNIGP, CPPO, Old Dominion University, Dept. of Urban Studies and Public Administration, Norfolk, VA.

Many public entities use performance-based contracting to set up goods, services, and construction contracts that optimize value, mitigate risk, and benefit from fresh ideas and creative solutions that traditional contracting strategies blocked. When an entity issues a performance-based RFP, it does not prescribe how the good should be made, how the service should be provided, or how the construction project should be built. Instead, the entity sets forth in the RFP the outcomes it is seeking to achieve, and asks prospective offerers to respond with a proposal that tells the entity how the proposer would achieve those outcomes. The public entity awards the proposal that offers the best solution, based on the evaluation criteria set forth in the RFP. Of course, it is not feasible to use performance-based contracting for every acquisition. If you are interested in adopting this proven practice for your entity, attend this webinar.

At the end of this webinar students will be able to:

Define performance based contracting
Identify solicitations that would benefit from performance based contracting
Identify the key elements of a performance based RFP

Receive credit for continuing education! 

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour awarded based on use of First and Last Name at Log In)

UPPCC recertification points: .125

Click Here to Register

Sep 26, 2012

Open for Comment: Technology in Public Procurement


The latest practice, Technology in Public Procurement is now open for public comment.  This practice will remain open for feedback through October 8, 2012.  Click here to view the practice.

Get in on the action and check out the new look of the Principles & Practices website!  You will begin to notice small changes to the website as we work to imrove the look and feel.  Should you have any commentsor suggestions, please feel free to comment on this post with your ideas.

Sep 4, 2012

Education Opportunity: Performance Management Webinar

There will be a Principles & Practices webinar on Performance Management on September 13, 2012 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST.  This webinar will be presented by NIGP - The Institute for Public Procurement.  Don't miss your opportunity to learn more about implementing the practices.  Sign up today!

Also, don't forget that the opprotunity to comment on the latest Practice: Outsourcing is open for public comment, now through September 10, 2012.