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SCAGPO Charter

The South Carolina Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials is a chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Incorporated (NIGP).

 



SCAGPO Purpose

The purpose of the South Carolina Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials is

  • to study, discuss and recommend improvements in the field of governmental purchasing;

  • to provide a means for the exchange of ideas and experiences among governmental purchasing officials;

  • to promote and encourage professional competence through continuing education and training of governmental purchasing officials;

  • to promote and foster the professional stature of all persons engaged in governmental purchasing;

  • to achieve recognition of the place of public purchasing in the government structure;

  • to collect, analyze and distribute information relative to the organization and administration of governmental purchasing activities to governmental purchasing officials;

  • to promote legislation that endorses efficiency in the purchasing process for all governmental units in South Carolina.



SCAGPO History

The Coastal Carolina Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials became an official organization on January 1, 1978. The first meeting was held in Charleston on January 17, 1978. The name of the organization was changed to the South Carolina Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials in late 1979. The association has continued to grow since its inception in 1978. Today's membership stands at over 600 members from all areas of governmental purchasing.

The Association is a nonprofit organization providing a wealth of support to purchasing agencies throughout South Carolina. Through its programs, purchasing officials learn the finer points of source selection, competitive bidding, negotiation, transportation, quality assurance, contract administration, tracking, inventory management, and specification writing. The association sponsors three professional development seminars per year and an annual conference with purchasing seminars. These have proven invaluable for those professionals in governmental purchasing who want to improve or update purchasing techniques and skills, improve purchasing power, and increase overall knowledge of purchasing. Additionally, "Buyways," the Association's newsletter, is published for the benefit of Association members. It reports on developments in purchasing and related practices and news about colleagues across South Carolina.



Membership

Membership is open to any person who subscribes to the purposes of the South Carolina Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials. The classes of membership are:

  • Regular Members: Restricted to persons who are actively engaged in governmental purchasing activities of any state, county, municipal, educational agency or special purpose political subdivisions. May also be extended to anyone interested in the profession, vendors excluded, and sponsored by a regular member.
  • Lifetime Members: May be conferred upon active members upon retirement and written request for such membership.
  • Honorary Members: May be bestowed upon individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the purchasing profession, or to the Association, upon recommendation and majority vote by the Executive Board.
  • Agency Members: Up to 15 members may have membership in the name of any state, county, municipal, educational agency, or special purpose political subdivision which is actively engaged in governmental purchasing activities. Agency members are considered regular members.

 



Membership Application

Click HERE to download a membership application in Adobe Acrobat format.  Print the application and mail it to the listed address to join SCAGPO. Or submit an online application.



W-9 Form

Click Here to download a PDF image of SCAGPO's W-9 form.