The Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of procurement practitioners, established in 1958 to improve and assist public purchasers through legislative advocacy, research, education and other services. The membership includes employees in Virginia state, city, local governments, educational institutions, and special authorities.
Jan Giffin, CPPO, CPPB, VCO
Happy New Year to everyone! I feel it an honor and privilege to serve as your Association's President for 2014. I think back to my first involvement with VAGP shortly after becoming a member almost twenty years ago and I recall the many educational classes, seminars, conferences, committees and the CPPB/CPPO prep classes that VAGP offered. I was amazed then and still am amazed now at the level of volunteerism and dedication the membership has toward VAGP. I have certainly seen by example of the membership that VAGP is a volunteer driven association.
I want to emphasize VAGP's purpose:
- To promote professionalism in public purchasing through continued education and networking.
- To study, discuss, and recommend legislative improvements in governmental purchasing.
- To exchange ideas, experiences, and share expert advice on purchasing problems and procedures.
- To promote uniform purchasing laws.
- To develop and promote simplified standards and specifications for governmental buying.
VAGP has a track record of doing things well and leading the way. Just look at the awards and recognition that individual members, entities, and VAGP have received in recent years. This Association has so much to offer. With your continued dedication, we can keep our Association moving forward. I encourage you to engage and stay involved in our Association.
As I ponder over the responsibilities for this year, I look to my predecessors and their successes. They have laid the groundwork and continued to strengthen the Association. I thank you for your support and I promise to do my best!
March is Governmental Purchasing Month! Governor Terry McAuliffe officially recognized March 2014 as Governmental Purchasing Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Download the Proclamation (PDF)
Virginia Public Procurement Act
Get What You Need Through Successful Negotiations
Adding Value to the Procurement Process
Risk Management in Public Contracting
May 21 - 22
Legal Aspects of Public Procurement
May 28 - 30
Principles and Practices
of Public Procurement
VAGP is a proud supporting Association of the Principles and Practices of Public Procurement, a collaborative review of proposed values, principles, and standards of practices for public sector procurement.