Awards & Organizations

Placer County Continues Tradition of Procurement Excellence

QPPD (formerly the OA4)

Placer County’s Procurement Services, a division of the County Executive Office, has received a 2019 Accreditation for Quality Public Procurement Departments (QPPD) (formerly the Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award (OA4)), presented by NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. The QPPD award recognizes excellence in public procurement using evaluation criteria that is based on the standards and best practices of the public procurement profession. This is the first time that Placer County's Procurement Services has attained the QPPD accreditation. Placer County is one of only 64 government agencies in North America to achieve the QPPD accreditation as of September 2019. A complete list of QPPD accredited agencies can be found here.


Procurement Services has also received a 2020 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Award, presented by the National Procurement Institute (NPI) and several affiliated organizations. This makes the 18th consecutive year that Procurement Services has received this prestigious award. Placer County is one of only 33 other public agencies in North America that have won the AEP award 18 or more consecutive times.

All public agencies and nonprofit organizations are eligible for the AEP award. They are judged on criteria designed to evaluate innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership. Placer County is one of only 46 government agencies in California, and one of only 42 Counties in the United States and Canada to receive this award for 2020.

The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement program was established in 1995 by NPI, an affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management. It is also co-sponsored by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO), and several other public purchasing associations.


Placer County has been a proud member of NIGP for more than 30 years. Placer County is also a Charter Member of the Northern California Chapter of NIGP and a member of CAPPO. Our participation in these organizations helps to ensure that we are following best practices in the procurement field and keeping up with the changes and trends that impact public procurement.