The National Procurement Institute recognized the Gwinnett County Public Schools Purchasing and Procurement Department as one of the leaders in procurement for the fifth year in a row.

The department is a 2019 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award winner for its excellence and overall improvement that results in competitive purchasing bids for school system necessities.

GCPS is one of 12 organizations in Georgia and 22 school districts to win the award this year.

“Winning this award for five years in a row demonstrates a commitment to customer support and effective uses of new technologies and business practices that constantly have to evolve to meet our changing business environment,” Matthew Mills, GCPS Director of Purchasing and Property Management, said in a statement. “The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award from the National Procurement Institute provides a challenging benchmark for us as the scope of the qualifying criteria is comprehensive and areas such as innovation require us to submit examples of processes and business results that change every year. The award reflects the effort and teamwork of the entire department.”

Of the 202 successful applicants this year, the NPI awarded 42 departments affiliated with counties, 67 cities, 25 higher education agencies, 23 school districts, 39 special districts, four state agencies and two “others agencies.”

The NPI grades agencies on innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-Procurement and leadership attributes. The organization looks to develop cutting-edge procurement methods for governmental and public agencies by fostering relationships between purchasing departments.

The GCPS purchasing department’s mission is to “provide support to our local schools and central office staff in the strategic procurement of specialized products and services in support of student learning.”