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NIGP Code, 7-Digit Commodity Code Update

Thank you for your support and use of the NIGP Commodity Code (NIGP Code).  Periscope Holdings, Inc.  (Periscope) values the public procurement profession and our customers. We continue to enhance and update the NIGP Code to ensure its relevancy and evolution in support of current public procurement business practices.

During 2015, Periscope embarked on an update of the 5-digit NIGP Code with grammatical and spelling modifications, movement and consolidations of commodity codes, and the deletion of some outdated commodity codes. This update and “touch” of every 9,138 5-digit commodity codes directly impacted 3,081 commodity codes.

With our continued efforts during 2016, we embarked upon a similar update for the 7-digit NIGP Code; representing a total population of 39,841 commodity codes.  We again reviewed commodity codes for consistency, grammar and spelling, and processed 8,175 commodity code changes.  Additionally, a total of 129 commodity codes were removed from the Master File, based on outdated language or when specific agency language was included rather than a “generic” description.   Lastly, 10 7-digit commodity codes will be moved along with their corresponding 11-Digit commodity codes to more appropriate classes, with the change taking effect January 3, 2017.

The grammatical, spelling and commodity code deletions have been implemented and when downloading the 7-Digit NIGP Code today they are included.  The commodity code moves will be effective and ready for download on January 3, 2017.  The attached chart provides a summary of the deleted codes and the commodity codes scheduled to be moved and relocated.

Again, thank you for your continued use and support of the NIGP Code. We are available to answer any questions that may arise and can be reached at nigp-support@nigp.com.

Moved and Deleted NIGP Commodity Codes – January 1, 2017


NIGP Code Replaces NAICS at Tampa International Airport

“NIGP Code helps Tampa International Airport streamline supplier registration and notifications – not to mention track our suppliers and spend better.”

-Connie Mundzak, CPPO, CPPB / Tampa International Airport / Sr. Manager, Procurement


NIGP Code Replaces NAICS for Better Supplier Registration & Tracking

Tampa International Airport moved from NAICS to NIGP Code when expanding their ePro system to include supplier self-registration.  Suppliers are now required to select an NIGP Code to have a registration completed. The Codes are then used to determine notifications to suppliers.

NIGP allows for improved reporting at Tampa International Airport, including information by supplier, PO number, PO description, PO amount, and commodity code. “We’re looking forward to expanding our data analytics and reporting thru the Code to gain even more information on supplier registrations and spend,” said Mundzak.

Learn How the NIGP Code Can Help Your Organization


NIGP Forum 2016

More than a thousand public procurement professionals will gather once again at the largest educational event in North America, and if you have not made plans to attend, now is the time.

Join Procurement Professionals from all over the country from August 21st to the 24th in National Harbor, Maryland for the NIGP Forum 2016.

10 Reasons to Attend

  • #1 Public Procurement Event of the Year
  • Connect with 950+ colleagues
  • Attend 60+ educational sessions
  • Visit 200+ suppliers at the Products Expo
  • Earn up to 18 contact hours
  • Bring back an infinite number of ideas and solutions that will positively impact your agency and your community
  • Grow your skills through educational workshops & in-depth seminars
  • Learn from subject matter experts in the procurement field by attending relevant, real-world educational workshops
  • Address key procurement trends and dynamics facing governments today
  • CONNECT WITH PROCUREMENT COMMUNITIES


NIGP Code Review – Project Update

Periscope initiated a review and update project of the NIGP Commodity/Services Code in February, 2015. To ensure proper advance notification to all license holders of the project and potential impacts, this third project announcement is being sent to all NIGP Commodity/Services Code license holders.

The project work was conducted by 52 active procurement professionals who analyzed all 9,138 active 5-digit commodity codes. Based upon their efforts to date:

  • 3,081 enhancements for punctuation and description language have been applied
  • 14 new 5-digits codes have already been added to the taxonomy, including such items as:
    • Photo Identification Software
    • Orthopedic Veterinary Devices
    • Soap Making Materials and Supplies
    • Disposable Shoes and Sandals
    • Night Vision Devices
    • Athletic Field Groomers and Equipment
  • Effective January 1, 2016,
    • 39 5-digit codes will be inactivated based on current public procurement practices and industry standards, and
    • 202 codes will be inactivated and combined with other established codes within the taxonomy.  A “note” will be provided that identifies the effective date of the change (January 1, 2016) along with the “new” appropriate code for future use and reference.

The actual inactivation and commodity code move activities are scheduled for completion during December 15 – 31, 2015. During this time, the ability for additional new codes or updates will be suspended and placed in a pending status until the week of January 4, 2016. To provide further information about downloading the new Code release along with the code impacts, the NIGP Code Release Notes are attached to this notice for reference and have been posted on the NIGP.com website.

Webinars will be conducted in January, 2016 to provide an overview of the project and impacts. The webinars will be identical. Please register for the time that best suits your schedule.

TUESDAY, January 12, 2016 at 12 Noon Eastern / 9:00 AM Pacific

Click Here to Register

WEDNESDAY, January 13 2016 at 4:00 PM Eastern /1:00 PM Pacific

Click Here to Register

Should your agency require assistance with analysis of the update impacts within your environment and Code application, Periscope consultants are available to support your needs.  For technical assistance in the Code download process, to please contact NIGP Code Support Services at support@nigp.com or 800-757-6064.

General inquiries on the NIGP Code Update Project can also be forwarded to either Deborah Hail, dhail@nigp.com or Jean Clark, jclark@nigp.com.

NIGP Code – Release Notes

NIGP Code – Moves , January 1, 2016

NIGP Code Deactivations January 1, 2016


Improve Buyer-Seller Relationships

Whether you are a procurement professional or a supplier for the public sector, it is necessary to have a strong relationship with your counterpart.  The NIGP Business Council, of which Periscope Holdings is a member, authored the Healthy Supplier Relationship Guide in support of NIGP and the public procurement profession by the sharing of resources and collaboration of expertise. The Healthy Supplier Relationship Guide provides best practice ideas and practices for both procurement practitioners and suppliers to improve and elevate the value and effectiveness of buyer-seller relationships. The Guide focuses on three key components of the procurement cycle; non-contract relations and activities, competitive solicitation activities, and contract holder interactions.  Such concepts as development of a communications plan, market survey development and completion, conduct of procurement fairs, and award de-briefings with unsuccessful offerors are just some of the tangible, practical ideas that can be put into action.

Take some time to read the Healthy Supplier Relationship to improve your procurement or selling practices in the public sector.

Healthy Supplier Relationship Guide


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