Public Purchasing 101: The Basics | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

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Course Date: 
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 to Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Course Time: 
8 am - 5 pm
Continuing Education Credits: 
16
Course Fee: 
$435
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Target Audience:

This program is targeted towards individuals involved in purchasing/procurement activities such as purchasing agents, buyers and contract administrators.


Course Description:

This course provides a basic overview of the purchasing process covering topics in the areas of:  Texas Statutory Enabling Authority; Competitive Bidding; Specification Development; Ethics and Liabilities; Contract Management; Internal Customer Service; Internal Controls; and Cooperative Purchasing.


Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Employ the best practices in public procurement within the parameters of public purchasing enabling authority;
  • Identify various, current purchasing challenges and potential solutions by assessing the impact of decision making related to contract obligations;
  • Choose which purchasing method (competitive bidding, competitive sealed proposals, cooperative purchasing, etc.) will provide best value for the agency;
  • Establish a procurement process, from sourcing through contract management, that is fair and transparent for suppliers;
  • Identify avenues to engender trust with clients, coworkers, and team members;
  • Identify and avoid potential conflict between personal interests and those of your employer; and
  • Examine the tenets of good internal controls that will not only provide for excellent audit trails, but also minimize opportunities for fraud.