October 27, 2011
National Award Goes to City’s Purchasing Division for 8th Consecutive Year
The City of Arlington’s Purchasing Division has been awarded the
prestigious Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award (AEP) for
2011 from the National Purchasing Institute (NPI). What makes this
honor recognizing organizational excellence within the procurement
function significant is that this is the eighth consecutive year the
City has been selected.
“What the Purchasing staff has done in earning this award is nothing
short of astonishing,” said Purchasing Manager Debra Twinam. “What
it means is that Arlington has developed policies and procedures
that keep us on the cutting edge.”
The award is earned by those organizations that demonstrate
excellence by obtaining a high score based on standardized criteria
measuring procurement innovation, professionalism and productivity
of the staff, and e-procurement, which is correctly using electronic
and web-based applications to gain better efficiency.
Sponsored by several national professional associations, including
The Institute of Supply Management (ISM), The National Institute of
Government Purchasing (NIGP), and California Association of Public
Purchasing officers (CAPPO), the AEP award isn’t just set aside for
city governments. Jurisdictions of various types are eligible to win
– including counties, school districts, states, special districts,
and public and private universities. Of government entities, only 35
in Texas earned the award, and nationally Arlington is one of just
56 cities to accomplish this feat.
Because criteria for the award changes yearly, organizations must
constantly make sure they are using nationally accepted practices.
Twinam said the Purchasing Division, which is responsible for the
purchase of non-construction goods and services for all City
departments, continually seeks ways to implement systems and
protocols to save money and run effectively and efficiently, all
while maintaining high quality. The division serves both customers
and vendors through cooperative and proactive procurement practice.
This is important to Arlington residents, Twinam said, because
purchasers must be good stewards of taxpayer money, ensuring that
funds are being spent in accordance with Texas statutes and national
“Purchasers are given a grave responsibility that the taxpayers’
money is being spent in a manner inline with statue and regulation,
but also in a way that gives us the best value for every dollar we
attempt to spend,” Twinam said. “Earning this award eight years
running tells me that Arlington’s purchasing staff is consistently
innovative and forward thinking.”
To learn more about the City of Arlington Purchasing Division and
procurement opportunities, visit
click on Purchasing.