Public Purchasing 101: The Basics | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Course Date: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 to Wednesday, May 22, 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 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.


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Payments can be mailed to the following address:

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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Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel your registration, your written cancellation notice must be received before April 9, 2019 in order for you to receive a full refund. Thereafter, cancellation notices received after April 9, 2019 and before May 7, 2019 will be charged a $65 administrative fee. If cancellation occurs between May 7, 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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