The Office of Purchasing, a Division of the Department of Finance, is responsible for the purchase of all materials, supplies, services, construction, and equipment for all city departments and agencies, and is responsible for the centralized control and disposal of surplus materials and equipment. The office also oversees operation of the City's Central Mail Service.

The office continues to be nationally recognized for innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement, and leadership in the procurement profession, and has been a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) since 1949, and is a charter member of the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing.

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