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

Jun 27, 2011

OkAPP's Principles & Practices Story!

As the request to tell us about your VGP story went out last week, the responses began to roll in!  Here is another great story from Timothy Harvey with the Oklahoma Association of Public Procurement.


"OkAPP (Oklahoma Association of Public Procurement) had the honor of hosting Judy Meisel at our chapter meeting back in March. Judy, who was our Region’s board member at the time, presented the Principles and Practices and gave a presentation of the history and process of creating the Values and Guiding Principles (VGPs). At the end of the meeting we held a vote, as a chapter, and the vote to adopt the VGPs was unanimous.


Soon after the meeting and announcement, the State Purchasing Director of Oklahoma, Scott Schlotthauer, printed a copy of the VGPs and kept that copy in his office. The state of Oklahoma, Department of Central Services, Central Purchasing Division fully supports and accepts the NIGP Values and Guiding principles as an important part of its own mission and goals for advancing the procurement profession.


A meeting was held with one of our major State agencies, who had a new director, and Scott presented the VGPs as a short summary of what DCS/CP is all about, and what we stand for. I was in that meeting and that was a very proud moment for me; proud to be a part of NIGP, OkAPP, and DCS. I can visually see the positive impact of the VGPs in my state, and I can see that impact continuing to grow for years to come."


 This is another wonderful example of the impact that the VGPs are already having on the profession.  Please continue to send your stories to us!  You can submit your own VGP story to Candace Riddle, Standards Manage, NIGP via e-mail at:


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