Carrie Woodell President Joe Benjamin / Tampa International Airport / Procurement Agent

Plans for the 49th Annual Conference and Trade Show to be held at the Rosen Centre Orlando, May 22-25, where we will be "Proving Our Professionalism", are now in full swing. Our Officers, Executive Director and the many faithful chairs and their committees are hard at work on putting together a world class conference that will educate, entertain and provide a professional networking opportunity, second to none. We have a dynamic keynote speaker kicking off each day that you won't want to miss, along with some great workshop session speakers all three days. Opening night of the conference, May 22nd kicks off with our social/networking event with a Motown Theme. Monday is our Trade Show and one day registration to attend the Trade Show is open at no charge to all government employees, but we hope that you will register for a full conference registration and take advantage of all of the sessions and events taking place at the conference. We are also working on scheduling 2 or 3 educational opportunities, to be held in Spring/Summer 2016 for those that need certification or recertification credits or you just want to expand your knowledge on current best practices. Watch for times, dates and host locations.

What's New

2016 Award of Excellence in Public Procurement

It’s time to submit your FAPPO’s - AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AND/OR BEST PRACTICE AWARD APPLICATION. FAPPO’s Award of Excellence in Public Procurement recognizes contributions to the public procurement profession. The award program places emphasis on continuous process improvement and outstanding procurement practices. Earning this award is a significant affirmation of the quality of an agency’s procurement operation and demonstration of commitment to the procurement profession. Entries for the Best Practice Award will be considered for one of for three categories. This award is separate from the Award of Excellence, and recognition shall be at the opening session of the annual conference in order to allow for best practices to be shared with the membership during a workshop to be scheduled during the conference.

SEVENTH ANNUAL ESSAY CONTEST

As in all professions, Public Procurement Officials want our industry members recognized and viewed as professionals at what we do. FAPPO as well as other Public Procurement Organizations have made great strides in promoting this effort in recent years. Moving forward, what should Public Procurement Officials be doing to make this a known reality? How should we, as government agency officials conduct ourselves within the profession? What should Public Procurement organizations be doing to demonstrate that we are “Proving our Professionalism”? Essay entries must be submitted to Diane Wetherington, FAPPO Vice President via email diane.wetherington@cityoforlando.net or mail to City of Orlando, Diane Wetherington/Procurement, 400 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801, by February 19, 2016. Please email any questions to Diane Wetherington.

2016 NOMINATION FOR OFFICER

You may nominate yourself or have someone nominate you! The deadline for submitting nominations is March 4, 2016. Email, or mail nomination form to: Diane Wetherington, CPPB, FCCM c/o City of Orlando, 400 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 E-Mail: diane.wetherington@cityoforlando.net

DIVERSITY ESSAY CONTEST

“Diversity – Why is it Important?” Essays will be judged by the current FAPPO Officers based on originality, message/ content focus, clarity and grammar. The winner and runners-up will be announced at the 49th Annual FAPPO Conference, May 22-25, 2016 in Orlando, FL. The winning author will receive $300 in Participation Credits and runner ups will receive $25.00 in Participation Credits. Participation Credits may be used to help defray the costs for registration and lodging at the official host hotel for the current year’s conference. Essay entries must be emailed to Diane Wetherington, FAPPO Vice President at diane.wetherington@cityoforlando.net by February 19, 2016. Please email any questions to Diane Wetherington.

2015 Membership Guide

The 2015 membership Guide is now available.