The Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of procurement practitioners, established in 1958 to improve and assist public purchasers through legislative advocacy, research, education and other services. The membership includes employees in Virginia state, city, local governments, educational institutions, and special authorities.
Stephanie Suter, CPPO CPPB
Happy Purchasing Month!
Governor McAuliffe has issued the 2015 proclamation to recognize March as Governmental Purchasing Month in Virginia in conjunction with NIGP and CAPA. Each year, March is set aside as a time to advocate the role of the public procurement profession, and acknowledge the professionals that make a difference in governmental efficiency and effectiveness each day. Use this time to help inform elected officials, administrators, taxpayers and vendors about the procurement process and the admirable work you perform by promoting and recognizing our field.
Communicate the guiding principles of public procurement: Accountability, Ethics, Service, Professionalism, Impartiality, and Transparency. Promote your successes with your colleagues and others. Host an open house for both your internal and external customers. Participate in a professional development opportunity, or join us as we end the month with a bang during the Spring Conference in Virginia Beach on March 25-27.
However you choose to observe Purchasing Month, I hope you will take time to reiterate to yourself and others how valuable you truly are to your entity, your profession, and your professional associations.
Please share your celebrations and pictures with us on VAGP's Facebook page. Looking forward to hearing how everyone celebrates throughout the month!
Principles and Practices
of Public Procurement
VAGP is a proud supporting Association of the Principles and Practices of Public Procurement, a collaborative review of proposed values, principles, and standards of practices for public sector procurement.