The City of Wichita Purchasing Division has received the National Purchasing Institute’s 19th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2014.
Mayor Carl Brewer presented the award to Purchasing Division employees on Tuesday at the City Council meeting. He praised the division for its excellence, innovation and consistency, noting the division has received the award for 14 straight years.
The award is given to organizations that demonstrate excellence in procurement by obtaining a high score on a rating of standardized criteria. The program is designed to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement function. Each year the rating criteria continues to be enhanced and expanded, along with the escalation of documentation required to be eligible for the award.
The City of Wichita Purchasing Division strives to continue to improve its performance outcomes and procurement functions to better serve customers, contractors, and other stakeholders, said City Manager Robert Layton.
The City of Wichita was one of only three government agencies in Kansas and one of only 68 cities in the United States to receive the 2014 award. The Purchasing Division is part of the City’s Finance Department.
“Receipt of this award demonstrates the commitment of the Purchasing Division and its ongoing utilization of best practices in the delivery of procurement services for the City of Wichita,” said Finance Director Shawn Henning.