The APS Procurement Department has earned the 'Outstanding Agency
Accreditation Achievement Award' from the National Institute for
Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) - The Institute for Public Procurement.
The award recognizes those agencies that are leaders in the public procurement process. The accreditation process evaluates agencies against one hundred and thirty-two best practice criteria. An agency must meet a minimum of 100 criteria to quality for the recognition. Only 117 government agencies have achieved this distinction out of 2,600 NIGP member agencies throughout the United States and Canada.
This is the first time the APS Procurement Department has earned the accreditation certification, which is valid for three years.
“Many government agencies have attempted to achieve this accreditation only to realize that their practices fall short of the required standards of performance,” said Candace L. Riddle, Standards Manager, NIGP – The Institute for Public Procurement. “Clearly, Atlanta Public Schools belongs to an elite group of purchasing organizations that represent the highest sustained standards of quality and efficiency in government.”
Procurement Services is the central procurement office for the Atlanta Public Schools. We are the Primary Agent entrusted to procure millions of dollars worth of quality goods and services at the most economical cost or best value in accordance with the purchasing policy and regulations for the Atlanta Public Schools district.
Our Mission...Serve the District and Community by providing value-added procurement and timely acquisition of goods and services necessary to carry out the District’s mission. We are responsible for ensuring that all children within the District are learning in a safe environment with access to all the necessary tools they need to learn and grow. The Department operates on sound policies and procedures that are transparent to the Community and we are dedicated to fair and open competition.
Our Values...Remain dedicated to providing the best value for taxpayer's dollar.
Our Vision...Use qualified, well-trained staff and state-of-the-art technology to provide our customers with the supplies and services necessary in carrying out the District's mission in a timely and cost effective manner. We will seek continuous improvement through self-assessment to maintain a model procurement program based on industry best practices.
APS offers a variety of business opportunities for interested companies. We encourage your participation to bid or propose for goods and services contracts such as supplies, maintenance, instructional materials, technology, equipment, construction, consulting, management and much more. These goods and services are procured via purchasing card for small purchases and through competitive processes, i.e. phone/fax quotes; Invitations to Bid, Requests for Proposals, and Requests for Qualifications.
We want to ensure that your company understands our procurement process, the procedures and requirements for doing business with our District. We would like to start by suggesting that you take a moment to review our Procurement Policy and Procedures Manual. You can also take some time and review our How To Do Business with APS deck. This should help answer the basic questions about how and what we buy.
In addition, listed below are easy steps to receive maximum business opportunities with the Atlanta Public Schools:
- Obtain, complete, and return a registration package to Procurement Services (no fee required). Your application will be processed within 5-7 days. You will be issued a vendor number and your company will be placed on our APS registered vendor list for the goods/service(s) you provide.
- Register your company in Team Georgia Marketplace. You may do so by logging onto the State Purchasing website: www.doas.ga.gov. From the global navigation bar, click on the word "Suppliers." This will take you to the Supplier Portal. Under the Direct Links heading, click on Team Georgia Marketplace and then determine if you are a "Sourcing Bidder" or "Supplier." Complete all the required information regarding your company.
- Stay abreast of our current opportunities by clicking here.
Disclaimer: No payments will be made for work performed before a purchase order is issued by the Department of Procurement Services . Vendors who commence work before they have received a valid purchase order do so at their own risk.
The Atlanta Public Schools District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, or veteran status in any of its employment practices, educational programs, services or activities.
Jeffrey E. Thomas
Interim Director of Procurement Services
Atlanta Public Schools