Public Announcements

Five Leaders from the Volunteer State of Tennessee Earned their NIGP-CPP!

Sep. 24, 2020

September 23, 2020

NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement is honored to announce that an additional 62 public procurement professionals attained their NIGP Certified Procurement Professional designation (NIGP-CPP) by successfully completing the competency-based qualifications set forth by the NIGP Certification Commission. 

During the pilot and August testing periods, a total of 118 leaders earned their NIGP-CPP including the following 5 leaders from the Volunteer State of Tennessee:

  • Lori Bryant NIGP-CPP, Clarksville TN
  • Angela Lay NIGP-CPP, Nashville TN
  • Terry McKee NIGP-CPP, Knoxville TN
  • Leslie Mitchell NIGP-CPP, Franklin TN
  • Penny Owens NIGP-CPP, Knoxville TN


The NIGP-CPP is the only certification that is anchored in the Public Procurement Competency Framework. The Framework is rooted in research produced by the Volcker Alliance that seeks effective public service through workforce competencies. It is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders in the public sector. It is the only certification that integrates with NIGP’s Pathways program featuring competency development within 33 learning modules.  And it is the only competency-based certification that expands beyond public procurement’s technical aspects and assesses the more holistic competencies needed to be successful leader within a public entity, embracing elements of leadership, business principles, and procurement strategy.

Congratulations to these pioneering leaders!

NIGP: Call for Individual Award Nominations due March 20

Mar. 4, 2020

Call for Individual Award Nominations
Submissions due March 20
It's Procurement Month, the perfect time to recognize and nominate that special colleague who goes above and beyond. Self-nominations also accepted - don't be shy...submit your nominations today.   
NIGP is proud to present these prestigious awards to deserving members:
Albert H. Hall Memorial Award - NIGP's highest award named in honor of NIGP's founder, Albert H. Hall. Professionals receiving the Albert H. Hall Memorial Award also earn the designation of ‘Fellow of NIGP’ or FNIGP.
  • Demonstrates innovation in changing procurement concepts and procedures
  • Involved with other levels of government in public procurement programs and objectives
  • A Career public procurement official and active leader in public procurement organizations
Distinguished Service Award (DSA)
  • Demonstrates an original and innovative resolution to a critical procurement issue
  • Contributes to an outstanding effort which benefited either NIGP or their organization
  • Credits NIGP and/or their organization with exceptional contributions to the procurement field or their community
Anne Deatherage Meritorious Service Award
  • Contributes to committees organized by NIGP and/or a NIGP Chapter
  • Demonstrates exceptional leadership within NIGP governance, a NIGP Chapter affiliate and/or a NIGP strategic partner over an extended period of time
  • Made specific, individual contributions to public procurement that have made a difference in enhancing the quality, relevancy, recognition or value of the profession.

Manager of the Year 

  • Demonstrates supervisory or management responsibilities and is responsible for the overall procurement/material management activities in a specific governmental entity which includes the supervision of procurement personnel and/or the display of executive abilities involving economic/financial, technical, statistical, legal, and administrative attributes.
Buyer of the Year
  • Demonstrates excellence in determining the customer requirements, reviewing specifications and requirements, developing and issuing bids, evaluating offers and selecting the vendor, arriving at fair and reasonable price and terms, preparing the contract or purchase order, vendor relations, following up to ensure timely delivery, shipping/receiving, inventory and warehousing, and contract administration provisions.
Please submit the Individual Award Nomination Form by Friday, March 20. 
Thank you and Happy Procurement Month!

Terry McKee of KCDC Awarded The MPPA Fellow in Professional Practice by The University of Tennessee MPPAA Faculty

Mar. 4, 2020

Please join us in congratulating our own Terry McKee of KCDC as he has been nominated and awarded The MPPA Fellow in Professional Practice by The University of Tennessee MPPAA faculty. 

Terry began sharing his passion for public procurement with UT Knoxville’s MPPA class in 2016 through Public Procurement Career presentations with ETPA.  Terry also worked to develop a successful internship program at KCDC.  Dr. David Folz, Professor and MPPA Director, states, “I …and my colleagues enthusiastically voted to bestow upon you (Terry) a special award to recognize the immense contributions that you have made to the education and professional development of our MPPA students. Terry will be presented the award at the MPPA Hooding & Awards ceremony on Friday May 8, 2020.

The MPPA Fellow in Professional Practice

Purpose: To recognize an accomplished and experienced professional and skilled communicator whose career exhibits the highest standards of performance excellence in one or more subject matter specializations and who is committed to help advance the professional training and development of graduate students in public administration, public policy, and public affairs at the University of Tennessee.

Rationale: To provide a more formal way to recognize and publicize the contributions of professionals in practice to the advanced education and training of UT MPPA students.  This honorary designation is conferred by vote of the MPPA faculty and signifies the faculty's appreciation for and the enduring value of the contributions made by distinguished professionals to the educational mission of the University of Tennessee MPPA program

Congratulations Terry! 

Congratulations - Spring 2019 CPPO/CPPB Designees!

Jul. 9, 2019

Please join ETPA in congratulating the following members who successfully completed the spring 2019 UPPCC certification examinations.

Donnie Fawver, CPPB Knox County
Heather Whitehead, CPPB Knox County
Jay Garrison, CPPO, CPPB Knox County

The Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and Certified Public Professional Buyer (CPPB) credentials are recognized throughout the procurement profession and demonstrate an individual's comprehensive mastery of public procurement. The UPPCC is currently accepting application submissions for the October 14 - 26, 2019 testing window. Visit the for upcoming deadlines and registration information.