Statutory authority for the competitive and non-competitive procurement of non-information technology goods and information technology goods and services for state government resides with the Department of General Services. DGS also has the statutory authority to delegate its purchasing authority to state agencies that meet specific requirements.
Without purchasing authority, state agencies may conduct competitive procurements for non-information technology goods valued at up to $100 per transaction and may not conduct competitive and non-competitive procurements for information technology goods and services of any value.
Purchasing authority granted by DGS includes use of the state's leveraged procurement agreements (CMAS, Master Agreements, NASPO ValuePoint, Statewide Contracts, State Price Schedules, and Software License Program), purchases from Prison Industry Authority, and purchases under the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program. Purchasing Authority is required to participate in the state's CAL-Card (Purchase Card) Program.