Maricopa County Procurement Office wins national honor
The Maricopa County Office of Procurement Services has won its second general excellence award from the National Procurement Institute, one of only 44 U.S. counties so honored.
The 2014 Achievement of Excellence Award is earned by public and nonprofit organizations that achieve the highest scores on innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership. Maricopa County won the award in 2013 as well.
“I believe we must constantly improve our business practices in order to go from good to great,” Board Chairman Supervisor Denny Barney said. “The Procurement Office is a great example of our commitment to excellence and to protecting taxpayers’ dollars.”
The county was recognized for its commitment to national cooperative purchasing agreements, which enable members to take advantage of bulk prices. Purchases made through these agreements will exceed $1 billion throughout the terms of the contracts, saving public dollars on commonly purchased services. The AEP also commended Maricopa County’s outreach to vendors, developing a vendor survey to identify problems and develop solutions.
OPS Director Wes Baysinger said he was pleased with the recognition. “Obviously, purchasing is a crucial element of all government service and the public deserves the highest ethical and professional standards. We at the county try to demonstrate the integrity, accountability, good service and transparency that will enhance the public’s confidence.”
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