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Purchase of Goods Policy. March 30, 2011. Policy Highlights. Quality assurance post audit review for orders <$ 5000.00 Mandatory competitive procurement contract usage: University, Campus, MHEC, State, and other authorized consortia contracts. (September 1, 2011 )

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Purchase of goods policy

Purchase of Goods Policy

March 30, 2011


Policy highlights

Policy Highlights

  • Quality assurance post audit review for orders <$5000.00

  • Mandatory competitive procurement contract usage: University, Campus, MHEC, State, and other authorized consortia contracts. (September 1, 2011)

  • Mandatory University Marketplace usage (July 1, 2011)

  • Manage procurements through the finance system, monthly reports and payments


Post audit orders 5 000 00

Post Audit orders < $5,000.00

Routine assessments for quality assurance are conducted throughout the year for orders <$5,000. Diagnostic reports will be reviewed to determine patterns of possible non-compliance. If non-compliance is identified, a department will be requested to make appropriate adjustments to come into compliance with the goods policy and procedure.


Competitive procurement contracts

Competitive Procurement Contracts

Mandatory competitive procurement contract usage: University, Campus, MHEC, State, and other authorized consortia contracts.

Effective: September 1, 2011

Procurement will conduct contract training sessions

April – August, 2011


Marketplace vendors

Marketplace Vendors

Departments must purchase goods from Marketplace vendors 100% of the time.

Effective: July 1, 2011

Current Marketplace Vendors:

WB Mason - Fisher Scientific - Sigma Scientific - Grainger

The University Procurement Card (ProCard) must not be used to purchase goods from Marketplace vendors.


Dollar limits

Dollar Limits

<$5,000

Procard authorized dollar limit or Purchase Requisition

≥$5,000 and <$25,000 -

Non Contract - Purchase Requisition and 3 quotes

Contract – Purchase requisition and quote

≥$25,000

Non Contract - Public Competitive Bid

Contract – purchase requisition and quote


Manage procurements

Manage Procurements

Once a commitment is made to a vendor for a purchase of goods, the department is responsible for administering the order.

Orders should be reviewed for receipt, payment and liquidation.


Role of procurement

Role of Procurement

  • Document Polices and Procedures

  • Professional procurement expertise

  • Monthly training sessions

  • Technical assistance

  • Review/approve requisitions 5 business days

  • Quality Assurance


Role of the department

Role of the Department

Department Heads should ensure that their staff attend training for all procurement policies and procedures, and establish departmental procedures to ensure they are followed.

Ensure that information furnished on purchase documentation is complete and accurate and conforms to UMass Boston purchasing polices.


Purchasing methods

Purchasing Methods

Purchasing rules are the same regardless of purchasing method:

  • Purchase Requisition/Order

  • Marketplace Requisition

  • Procard


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