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New purchasing requirements will help NIU meet targeted BEP goals

November 6, 2019

The Office of Procurement Services and Contract Management is working to expand partnerships with small businesses and companies owned by women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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There are several initiatives that will help achieve this goal, one of which requires the university to start competitively bidding all purchases that are $20,000 or more. The change, which was established by the state legislature and is effective immediately, requires requestors to get a minimum of two quotes before making the purchase. A company certified with the state’s Business Enterprise Program (BEP) must be considered in the process.

This is a culture change for the university as previously, competitive bidding was only required for purchases greater than $100,000. Staff of the Office of Procurement Services and Contract Management is available to assist as faculty and staff adjust to accommodate the new guidelines.

Training sessions have been scheduled for those who have purchasing responsibilities within their departments and divisions. The sessions will provide an opportunity for individuals to review the new policy, become more familiar of the new requirements, and discuss methods that will help the university meet its BEP targets. Please take a moment to register and confirm attendance.