Date: Jan 21, 2004
Press Release Number: 5-2004
The Port Authority’s Procurement Department, led by Director Cile Pace, has received a national honor for its innovation and productivity in 2003.
The National Purchasing Institute (NPI) awarded its Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2003 to the Port Authority. The award was established in 1995.
The award recognizes organizational excellence in public procurement and is awarded to both public and private organizations that demonstrate excellence in the areas of innovation, professionalism, productivity and leadership.
Ms. Pace said, “This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the professionals on my staff. The Port Authority has always been known as an innovative leader, and we have strived to maintain that level of excellence in the many activities we undertake in this department.”
The Procurement Department is responsible for providing timely and efficient procurement of goods, construction contracts, and professional, technical and advisory services, including consultant and temporary employment services. In 2002, the most recent full year for which data is available, the Procurement Department awarded more than $1 billion in contracts.
The department recently instituted several technological innovations, including online advertisements of bid and proposal opportunities, online construction award and bid information, and an online vendor registration system using the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing commodity and classification structure. Bid and proposal documents are expected to soon be posted on the Port Authority’s Web site.
The National Purchasing Institute represents purchasing officials employed by national, state and local governments, educational institutions, and other public entities.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.