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

Jul 15, 2011

Values & Guiding Principles Spur Discussion at AGA Conference


This week the Values & Guiding Principles (VGP) were presented at the 60th Annual Association of Government Accountants (AGA), Professional Development Conference in Atlanta, GA.  The VGPs received a warm welcome from those in attendance with about 45 individuals attending the session.

Those in attendance represented local, state, provincial, and federal agencies; and included procurement and accounting/ auditing professionals.  Attendees discussed the VGPs and further explored how the future development of Practices could help “close the gap” between management and procurement, in terms of expectations, when reporting procurement performance data.

Tom Sadowski, of AGA, and member of the VGP Review Team, was present and provided an accountant/ auditor perspective and commentary during the presentation.  This commentary helped spur an interactive discussion about performance measures, at the end of the session, between procurement and accounting/ auditing professionals in the room.

This was a great conference for the VGPs to be presented, and we are looking forward to future engagement from the AGA community.

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