|Definition:||Transactions by individuals on behalf of California State University San Marcos, which utilize University-managed funds or obligate the performance of the University in any manner, require written approval of the campus President. The campus President delegates in writing, as required by the CSU, the authority and limitations to enter into such transactions on behalf of the University to specific University employees. These transactions require the University to spend or receive funds, provide or receive services, and/or otherwise commit its resources. The development and finalizing of such transactions shall be accomplished with the guidance and assistance of the Procurement & Support Services department. Individuals who have not been delegated this authority may not obligate University resources without the possibility of being held individually and personally liable. The primary mission of Procurement & Support Services is to provide the following services in support of the University's mission in a timely manner which is consistent with University policy: Cost Effectiveness. Procurement & Support Services seeks to provide cost effective purchasing through programs which deal with standardization, value, cost, price analysis, and maximization of economies of scale through the use of CSU Master Enabling Agreements and other contracting vehicles. Positive Vendor Relationships and Outreach in Business Contracting. Procurement & Support Services is committed to the development and maintenance of a vendor base and strong vendor relationships. Procurement & Support Services seeks out and is strongly committed to the continued development and utilization of small business enterprises (SBE) and disabled veteran business enterprises (DVBE). Professional Conduct. Procurement & Support Services conducts all activities in a fair, ethical, and professional manner consistent with the Principles and Standards of purchasing practice of the Institute of Supply Management and the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Educational Buyers. Protection of University Interests. Procurement & Support Services ensures all purchase transactions are conducted in accordance with current University policy and procedures, and state and federal laws and regulations. Assistance and Information Provided in Support of Campus and University Activities. Procurement & Support Services provides procurement expertise for the benefit of campus departments and University-wide administration. These information services include locating sources, providing literature and/or price estimates for budgetary purposes, providing information for user's consideration, and counseling users regarding purchasing requirements and procedures.|
|Authority:||The purchasing and contracting policies of the California State University (CSU) are not based upon a single statutory reference, but rather are adopted to form compliance with a variety of statutory and policy provisions found in the State of California statutory codes (i.e., Education Code, Public Contract, Government Code, etc.); Title 5, California Code of Regulations; the standing Orders and Resolutions of the Board of Trustees; and specific Trustee policy issued via Chancellor Executive Orders and administrative policy memoranda.|
|Scope:||This policy and any related procedures apply to all areas and members of the campus community.|
|Responsible Division:||Finance & Administrative Services|
|Signature Page/PDF:||View Signatures for Procurement and Support Services Policy|
3. Foundation Purchases
CSU San Marcos Foundation has established policies and procedures for purchases using Foundation-managed funds. Procurement & Support Services does not process Foundation requisitions. Please direct questions regarding Foundation procurements to (760) 750-4700 or visit their website at: http://www.csusm.edu/foundation/.
4. Planning Purchases
The following goods and/or services require review and authorization from other campus departments:
Goods/Services Department Reviewing
Computer/hardware related Director, IITS or designee
Equipment/furniture which requires installation by Facility Services Director, Facility Services or designee
Equipment being ordered that has specifications related to the building structure Director, Facility Services or designee
Telephones, cellular phones Manager, Telephone Services
Special Consultants Human Resources and Equal Opportunity
5. Trade-In of CSUSM Bar-Coded University Property
It is the responsibility of the department to notify the Property Office of all transfers of CSUSM bar-coded property; see Property Accounting procedure.
6. Price Range Implications
The procurement process is driven by the type and individual dollar amount of the items listed on the Purchase Requisition. These factors determine the method that Procurement & Support Services will use to obtain the items and/or to verify pricing. Procurements over $10,000 require a written summary from the buyer to the file.
The State requires that the CSU award to the lowest, responsible bidder meeting the required specifications. The following details the methodology used based upon dollar amount:
Commodity & Service Bid Limits
Estimated $ Range Method Used
Up to $9,999.99 May be ordered from the department's suggested vendor.
$10,000 - $49,999.99 Requires three (3) price quotations: written or oral (please note quotations on requisition).
$50,000 and above May require a formal sealed bidding process conducted by Procurement & Support Services.
CSUSM is committed to a policy of promoting fair and open competition for the acquisition of commodities and services. Any commodity or service may be subject to competitive solicitation when it is determined to be in the best interests of the University.
Exceptions to Competitive Bidding:
The following transactions are not required to be competitively bid and do not require a sole source approval:
a. Emergency contracts which are necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, welfare, or safety, or the protection of CSU property and programs;
b. Contracts for the work or services of a state, local or federal agency, the University of California, a California community college, a foundation or auxiliary organization incorporated to support the university, or a Joint Powers Agency;
c. Contracts for which only per diem and travel expenses are paid and there is no payment for services rendered;
d. Contracts for the express purposes of obtaining non-CSU legal counsel or obtaining expert witnesses for litigation (either of these must be submitted to the Office of General Counsel for approval);
e. Contracts with business entities operating handicap workshops as specified in Policy Section 219;
f. Equipment maintenance contracts where there is only one authorized or qualified source required by the equipment manufacturer for the preservation of equipment warranty;
g. Proprietary software maintenance, annual license renewals, and/or upgrade contracts;
h. Utilities contracts where there is no competition because they are solely authorized to provide service to the geographical area;
i. Public entertainment contracts for campus-sponsored fairs, expositions, exhibitions, plays and concerts;
j. Contracts for conference or meeting facilities, including room accommodations for conference attendees;
k. Educational materials and information access resources related to campus library services as specified in Policy Section 303.04;
l. Personal property acquisitions as specified in Policy Section 301A, Bid Thresholds for Personal Property;
m. Procurement of Services as specified in Policy Section 401A, Bid Thresholds for Services;
n. General Services Administration Pricing Schedules in accordance with Policy 204D;
o. California Department of General Services Multiple Award Schedules exempted by DGS and listed at http://www.documents.dgs.ca.gov/pd/masters/checklist.pdf;
p. Contract amendments for time extensions, with no additional dollars being added;
q. Contract amendments to exercise options that were part of the original contract or that were part of a previously approved amendment to the contract;
r. Contract amendments that are within the scope of or incidental to the original contract scope of work;
s. Approved Sole Brand procurements where there is only one source for that product;
t. Contracts for professional examinations and memberships;
u. Contracts for goods or services produced by Prison Industry Authority.
7. Order Processing Times
Incoming requests are prioritized by the date requisitions and all supporting documents are received. The following are estimated processing times:
$1 - $9,999.99 3-5 working days
$10,0000 - $49,999.99 2 weeks
$50,000 and above 4 weeks
8. Bid Lead Times for all purchases over $50,000
Depending upon the complexity and value of the materials and/or services required, University purchases may require a formal bid process. In such cases, Procurement & Support Services coordinates with departments to develop specifications, advertise, establish timeframes, and manage all activity involved with a formal bid to ensure that the University is in compliance with all State, CSU and Federal regulations.
Bid lead times for all purchases over $50,000 is approximately 1 - 2 months for all methods of procurement, including Invitation for Bid (IFB) and Request for Proposal (RFP), and is dependent on the provision of complete information.
Procurement & Support Services will place orders based upon the information the department provides on the requisition. Departments should verify that the information submitted is complete, the specifications are adequate for the department's needs, and the information is understandable and legible. Any additional documentation such as the original vendor order form, flyer, brochure, schematic, advertisement, or any other document that is the basis for the request should be submitted with the requisition.
a. All vendors, except for the University's contracted office supply vendor and those specifically stated otherwise and approved by Procurement & Support Services, are instructed to ship goods directly to:
Shipping & Receiving
Cal State San Marcos
441 La Moree Road
San Marcos, CA 92078
b. The contracted office supply vendor delivers items directly to the ordering department unless stated otherwise.
c. When necessary, some items may be picked up from the vendor by the requestor. In such cases, it is necessary for the requestor to:
i) Ensure that at the time of pick up, the vendor has the original or copy of the Purchase Order or authorized purchase order number.
ii) Attach packing slips to the invoice and send to Accounts Payable.
10. Fiscal Year-End Deadlines
Requisition cut-off dates may be established each fiscal year to ensure that all orders citing a particular fiscal year's funds are processed and encumbered appropriately.
11. Contract Award Report to Department of Fair Employment and Housing
Campuses shall give written notice at least quarterly to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Office of Compliance Programs, of all contracts (but not purchase orders) over $5,000. For each contract awarded, the notice shall list the name, address, and telephone number of the contractor; the federal employee identification number; the State contract identification number; the date of contract award; the contract amount, the project location; the name of the agent who signed the contract, the name of the contract awarding campus, and the name of the officer signing on behalf of the campus. A reporting form for this purpose, State Standard Form 16, may be obtained from the DGS Forms Management Center. The quarterly list may be appended to the form. Report due date can be found at: http://www.calstate.edu/CSP/reports.shtml
12. California Seller's Permit
For all purchases of goods, campuses shall collect a copy of the vendor's California retailer's seller's permit or certificate of registration.
II. PURCHASING SPECIFIC TYPES OF GOODS AND SERVICES
A. CONTRACTED OFFICE SUPPLIES
Office supply procedures are subject to change; therefore, please reference "Office Supply Operations Guide" for current information available at:
Any CSUSM staff member who has the responsibility for ordering office supplies receives Office Supply web site training from an internal department user. Employees will be granted web site access upon successful completion of training and submission of an "Office Supply Agreement" to Procurement & Support Services.
For repetitive low dollar procurements, a system-wide procurement card is available for use by campus departments. By signing the ProCard Agreement, Cardholders and Approving Officials verify that they have read, understand, and accept their responsibilities as outlined in the ProCard Manual. Please see the ProCard website at: http://www.csusm.edu/procurement/procard/procard.htm or contact Procurement & Support Services at (760) 750-4555 for more information on this option.
C. DIRECT PAYMENT PROCESS
In a continuous effort to streamline the procurement process, Procurement & Support Services has determined that some items do not benefit from the issuance of a purchase order and will be processed using the Direct Payment method. Required forms should be submitted directly to Accounts Payable. Please refer to Direct Payment Transaction Guidelines.
1. Administrators and Staff
Advertising for administrative employment (administrators and staff) with the campus is to be submitted to Human Resources and Equal Opportunity for review of compliance with University, State, and Federal regulations, and subsequent placement of the advertisement.
2. Non-Employment and Faculty Searches
University offices that require the placement of non-employment advertisements and faculty searches in various publications or other mediums should follow the Direct Pay Procedure.
E. MODULAR FURNITURE
Planning Design and Construction establishes the campus standard for modular furniture. Requests are to be reviewed and coordinated by Facility Services, who works with Procurement & Support Services to facilitate the design, purchase, and installation of campus modular furniture. This applies to new or reconfigured systems, and moves of all campus modular furniture.
1. Review and Authorization by Facility Services
a. Departments requesting modular furniture are to contact Facility Services.
b. Facility Services will coordinate with IITS, Procurement & Support Services, and Risk Management and Safety departments.
2. Design and Ordering
a. Facility Services will set up an appointment with the campus-approved modular designer to review the requestor's needs. The designer will prepare a layout for the customer to review. Once the design has been approved by the customer, Facility Services will send a copy to IITS for review.
b. After the modular layout has been approved, the modular vendor will prepare a price quote. The quote will be returned to Facility Services, where they will prepare a bid for the modular project. This bid does not include the cost from IITS; they will provide a separate quote.
c. It is the requestor's responsibility to complete and submit to Procurement & Support Services the requisition and all necessary documentation for the purchase of modular furniture. Facility Services will include an instruction sheet with the bid.
F. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR/GUEST LECTURER/SPEAKER/PERFORMER: HEREINAFTER CALLED INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR
The purpose of these guidelines is to assist the hiring department in processing paperwork for Independent Contractors, Guest Lecturers/Speakers/Performers (hereinafter referred to as Independent Contractors), while complying with State and Federal Laws, CSU policies, and Collective Bargaining Agreements. The following are two (2) methods in which to pay individuals who perform services for the University:
1. An Independent Contractor, Guest Lecturer/Speaker/Performer is a non-employee of the University using a Social Security Number for IRS tax purposes through the Independent Contractor Process using the Independent Contractor Packet.
The requesting department selects the Independent Contractor based upon their needs and submits the completed paperwork to either Accounts Payable or Procurement & Support Services as determined on the Check List and Cover Sheet (page 13 of the Independent Contractor Packet).
2. A temporary employee through the Special Consultant Process.
The requesting department submits the completed paperwork to Human Resources and Equal Opportunity.
G. PRISON INDUSTRY AUTHORITY PURCHASES
Use of Prison Industry Authority (PIA) is encouraged to procure any available goods and services produced by the Prison Industry Authority (PIA). CSUSM may contract, without competition, with PIA for goods and services, whenever it is determined that PIA can provide the best value for the CSU.
H. PURCHASE ORDER AMENDMENT (POA)
1. General Information - POA
The Department may initiate a Purchase Order Amendment (POA) form to cancel the purchase order or amend any information on the original purchase order. For POAs under $50.00, a department may submit the POA request via email.
2. Amending a Purchase Order
a. A Purchase Order Amendment form is to be filled out, approved, and submitted to Procurement & Support Services. When filling out the form, be specific and list changes by line item number, e.g., Item # 001, 002, etc.
b. The POA must be signed by the account manager before submission to Procurement & Support Services.
I. REJECTIONS/RETURNS FOR CREDIT
1. General Information - Rejections/Returns for Credit
a. When a vendor has shipped items as specified on a purchase order, the vendor has complied with their part of the contract and is under no obligation to accept those items for return or credit. If a vendor does accept an item for return, the vendor may charge the University for freight and restocking costs. Such charges will be assessed to the ordering/returning department.
b. Regardless of the delivery method, departments are to inspect goods for acceptance.
2. Process for Rejecting or Returning Items (from other than contracted office supply vendor)
a. End User (department) - notifies Procurement & Support Services, referencing the purchase order number.
b. End User/Procurement & Support Services - In most cases, a vendor's Return Merchandise/Goods Authorization (RMA/RGA) number and specific shipping instructions need to be obtained from the vendor prior to returning an item.
c. End User - calls or e-mails Shipping and Receiving so that the items can be picked up with the RMA/RGA and shipping instructions. All merchandise to be returned should be packaged in the original container when applicable. If the vendor does not provide a mailing label, the department will prepare a shipping label. Shipping costs not covered by the vendor will be charged to the department returning the merchandise.
d. End User - completes a POA, if applicable, obtains the necessary approval signature, and submits the approved POA to Procurement & Support Services to document the return.
J. MAINTENANCE AGREEMENTS
1. New Agreements
Thirty (30) days prior to expiration of warranty, the department has the option of extending service by submitting a requisition which includes: make, model, serial number, payment terms, and term of maintenance agreement.
2. Renewing Maintenance Agreements
Department should submit requisition at least thirty (30) days prior to expiration of agreement.
K. REPAIR OF EQUIPMENT
1. Repair of Equipment on Maintenance Agreement (Excluding University Copier Program)
a. Department is responsible for contacting the vendor for service.
b. When service has been completed, the vendor will normally present a service work order slip to the department representative for signature to confirm services have been performed.
c. While the service representative is present, the department representative is to check to make sure the equipment is working properly. The department representative does not sign any service work orders until they are satisfied with the work.
d. If vendor has been called more than twice for the same problem and it is still not repaired to department's satisfaction, department is to contact Procurement & Support Services to contact vendor to repair or replace the equipment.
2. Repair of Equipment not on Maintenance Agreement
a. Department may call Procurement & Support Services for a vendor recommendation. Department then submits a requisition with an estimated cost.
b. Procurement & Support Services obtains appropriate insurance, if required, processes a purchase order, and notifies the department of the P.O. number. The department is now authorized to contact the vendor to schedule the service call. Procurement & Support Services forwards the purchase order to the vendor.
c. When service is complete the vendor presents the department representative with a service work order for signature. Upon satisfactory completion of service, the department signs the work order, indicates the PO Number and forwards the original to Accounts Payable.
L . COPIER LEASE PROGRAM
Departments desiring information on available copiers for lease are to contact University Copier Program at extension 7515 or visit their website @ http://www.csusm.edu/procurement/ucp.html.
Procurement & Support Services is responsible for the preparation, approval, and administration of all contracts on behalf of CSUSM and its departments. All contracts or agreements which financially or otherwise obligate or require a signature on behalf of CSUSM or one of its divisions, departments, programs, or any other unit, must first be processed through Procurement & Support Services.
Those who sign a contract or agreement without prior written authorization from Procurement & Support Services may be individually liable for that obligation.
The Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services has sole signature authority for contracts related to real estate transactions.
Refer to the policy and procedure regarding employee moves and relocations for detailed information: http://www.csusm.edu/travel/moving/index.html