In 1995, the National Purchasing Institute (NPI) established a program designed to recognize organizational excellence in public procurement.
The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) is awarded annually. This prestigious award is earned by those organizations that demonstrate excellence by obtaining a high score based on standardized criteria. The criteria are designed to measure innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement, and leadership attributes of the procurement organization. SPO has earned this distinction every year since 2003.