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And How the Code Grows

Last week, we read that Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued an Executive Order to improve the budget controls and transparency of city funds by employing strategies provided by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP).  It’s a great testimony to the caliber of the NIGP Consulting Program as well as other NIGP offerings.  One key strategic product offering by NIGP is the NIGP Commodity/Services Code (Code), which consistently grows and provides real value.

In 2014, the NIGP Code grew in both new subscribers and in the creation of new master items.  This trend has continued throughout 2015.  In February, NIGP members and current NIGP Code License Holders embarked upon a comprehensive review and update of the NIGP Code.  The project consisted of 52 public procurement professionals who analyzed all 9,138 active 5-digit codes.  Their efforts realized the development of over 1100 comments for potential language/description adjustments, removal of outdated codes, movement of codes into different Classes or potential code consolidations.

And, let’s not forget that the NIGP code is updated monthly for the 3- and 5-digit versions, and daily for the 7- and 11-digit versions.  Standard updates like this and comprehensive reviews like the one above are a few of the many reasons the Code continues to grow, fueling public procurement excellence.


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