Contracting Guidance for U. T. System
Executive Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, Scott Kelley was asked by the U. T. System Board of Regents (Board) in November 2014 to convene a working group to look at sole source and group purchasing across the U. T. System. The Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) Working Group made up of U. T. System staff and U. T. institution representatives researched and reviewed purchasing across the U. T. System and made nine recommendations that were accepted by the Board when Executive Vice Chancellor Kelley delivered the GPO Working Group Report in May 2015.
Guidance for Implementation of the GPO Working Group Report recommendations and SB 20 Procurement and Contracting Legislation was issued via two memoranda, September 23, 2015 and December 16, 2015. Guidance includes a GPO contract submittal form for contracts that exceed the established thresholds.
Guidance for HB 1295, Vendor Disclosure Requirements for Contracts Exceeding $1 Million, effective January 1, 2016, updated January 1, 2018, can be found in the restated memorandum dated February 12, 2018.
Texas Government Code, Section 2261.253 requires posting of contracts and purchase orders with private vendors on the agency website, as well as request for proposals related to a competitively bid contracts and the U. T. System Purchase and Contract Transparency Report is responsive to this requirement and available for public review.
Contract Administration at U. T. System
Contracts at U. T. System are managed at the department level with oversight by the Office of Contracts and Procurement. The Contracting function is a collaborative effort. It begins when an employee, later known as the "Department Contract Administrator" is charged with procuring goods or services for their department. The employee should contact the Office of Contracts and Procurement for procurement assistance and review the following documents:
Departments that collaborate in the contracting process are:
- Office of Business Affairs,
- Office of Contracts and Procurement
- Office of General Counsel, and
- HUB Programs.
Per Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Rule 10501, Sections 2.5 and 2.6, The U. T. System Board of Regents delegate the authority to sign System Administration and Systemwide contracts to The U. T. System Executive Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs. Any contract procured by a U. T. System Administration department, on behalf of U. T. System Administration or U. T. System must be submitted to the Office of Business Affairs for signature by the Executive Vice Chancellor. The U. T. System Delegations of Authority chart is a listing of current delegation memoranda.
Please contact the Office of Business Affairs or Contracts and Procurement for contract processing questions.