Advanced Public Purchasing - Specification Development | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Course Date: 
Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019
Course Time: 
8 am - 5 pm
Continuing Education Credits: 
Course Fee: 
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.


Please select which Advanced Public Purchasing sessions you wish to attend. Pricing is $280 for one class, $495 for two classes, and $575 for all three classes.

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The University of Texas at Austin
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Office of Conferences and Training
P.O. Box Y
Austin, TX 78713-8925

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If you need to cancel your registration, your written cancellation notice must be received before March 5, 2019 in order for you to receive a full refund. Thereafter, cancellation notices received after March 5, 2019 and before April 2, 2019 will be charged a $65 administrative fee. If cancellation occurs between April 2, 2019 and the start of the class, you will be responsible for 50% of the original fee. If we do not receive written notice of cancellation prior to the event, you will be responsible for the full registration fee. You may send a substitute to the class. Cancellation notices should be emailed to Phone messages do not serve as official cancellation notices.

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