Advanced Public Purchasing - Specification Development | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

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Course Date: 
Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018
Course Time: 
8 am - 5 pm
Continuing Education Credits: 
Course Fee: 
ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS HAS CLOSED.  Call the Office of Conferences & Training with questions, 512-471-0820.
Target Audience:

This program is targeted towards individuals involved in purchasing/procurement activities such as buyers/purchasing agents, buyers and contract administrators.  This class will take an in-depth look at the processes involved in creating and writing specifications that will ensure the agency gets the materials needed at the best value and within government procurement guidelines.

Course Description:

Procurement officials are challenged with balancing the needs of the agency with product and service availability in the market at the best value.  Developing specifications for any procurement requires interpreting the end users’ needs, and identifying and mitigating risks through document preparation to protect the agency.  The specification is the tool that transforms the requirement into a fair solicitation document and the class will collaborate on document preparation exercises.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to…

  • Understand how to utilize available resources to prepare a solicitation document that identifies the agency’s needs.
  • Detect risks associated with each purchase and be able to prepare mitigating language within the document to protect the agency.
  • Establish a procurement process within the solicitation document that is fair and transparent for suppliers.