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Handbook of Business Procedures

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February 14, 2012
October 29, 2015


Part 7. Purchasing - Table of Contents


A. Introduction

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to providing a fair opportunity for all prospective bidders and proposers. Therefore, the Purchasing Office publishes solicitations for goods and services on the Bidweb website when the expected value exceeds $50,000.

The university uses a variety of formal solicitation methods. For more information about the following methods, see the Handbook of Business Procedures:

Note: A supplier does not have to be listed on the Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) to submit a bid or a proposal.

B. Bid/Proposal Submission Requirements

In order for the supplier’s bid or proposal to be considered by the university, it must comply with the formal solicitation document. Formal solicitation documents specifically outline the information and format required. Bids or proposals that do not meet these submission requirements are subject to disqualification. Here are some things suppliers should be aware of when they submit a bid/proposal:

  • Designated Buyer for All Communications
    A designated buyer in the Purchasing Office is assigned to each bid and is responsible for all communications related to that solicitation. During the course of the solicitation process, prospective bidders or proposers must direct all communications to the solicitation’s designated buyer.
  • Exceptions to Standard Terms and Conditions
    Standard terms and conditions apply to the subsequently awarded purchase order or contract. Bidders or proposers may propose exceptions to the terms and conditions; however, this could result in disqualification of the supplier’s bid or proposal. Requested exceptions must include proposed alternative language.
  • Submission Deadline
    Bids or proposals must be received by the submission deadline. Those received after the submission deadline will not be opened and will not be considered.
  • Bid Opening
    University Purchasing Office bid openings are conducted in the Main Building and are open to the public. Interested bidders may request that a specific bid be read aloud by appearing in person at the bid opening site when bids are scheduled to open. For information about the bid opening, contact the solicitation’s designated buyer.
  • HUB Subcontracting Plan
    Solicitations with an expected value greater than $100,000 may require the submission of a HUB Subcontracting Plan (HSP). The HSP is reviewed by the director of the Historically Underutilized Business and Small Business Office (HUB/SB). Failure by the supplier to submit a HUB subcontracting plan when it is specifically required will result in disqualification of the supplier’s solicitation or bid. HSPs that are determined to be unacceptable by the HUB/SB director will result in disqualification.

C. Bid/Proposal Results and Awards

Bids and proposals are evaluated based on criteria identified in the solicitation document. For Invitations to Bid (ITBs), the award is determined solely on the basis of price and delivery. For Requests for Proposals (RFPs), the award is based on best-value criteria. If best-value criteria are used:

  • it is clearly identified in the solicitation document, along with the percentage weighting that will be used for each criterion.
  • the university appoints an evaluation team comprised of subject matter experts and end users to score each proposal against the criteria.
  • the Purchasing Office compiles the scores from the evaluation team members and reviews the scores with the team. The team makes a recommendation as to what action to take, and the assistant vice president and director of procurement and payment services decides how to proceed.

All bidders or proposers are notified by the Purchasing Office when an award is made, and the results are publically posted on the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) website.



Part 7. Purchasing - Table of Contents