The Procurement Department at University of Houston-Clear Lake is available to serve the needs of faculty and staff requiring procurement of goods in order to operate their respective department or college.
The Procurement Department is located in the North Office Annex II. Contact them at phone number 281-283-2150 or fax number 281-283-2156. The Procurement Department is charged with the sole responsibility of performing the procurement function. It must do so in compliance with all written standard procedures for the implementation of:
- Texas Government Code, Title 10, Subtitle D, Chapters 2151-2176.
- Texas Procurement and Support Services Rulebook 1 TAC 111 through 126.
- The rules and regulations of University of Houston-Clear Lake, University of Houston System, and outside agencies which fund specific programs.
The goal of our department is to achieve the best value in quality, delivery and cost for the purchase.
Plan For Procurement Needs
We cannot emphasize enough the need for departments to plan their supply and equipment needs well in advance. The time required to issue a purchase order and secure delivery of the goods or services requested varies greatly. Some purchases require solicitation of bids, which requires additional time. Also, any purchases over $25,000 must be placed on the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) for a minimum of 14 days. The workload at any given time within the Procurement Department is also a factor.
You are encouraged to review the current Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) directory available on the Internet (click here) and contact vendors to request product and service information, current prices, availability and delivery terms. After pulling up the Webpage type in the vendor's name in the appropriate box and click on Submit Search. At the next screen click on Go, and then a list of vendors with the name you provided will appear on your screen. Click on the name of the vendor that you are inquiring about and then all the information about the vendor will appear. If you speak with more than one vendor, be sure to give identical information to all vendors, so that each has an equal opportunity to compete. Do not try to actually place an order with a vendor. Only the Procurement Department can legally obligate the university.
You must allow time for the procurement process, which may include competitive bidding or being placed on the Electronic State Business Daily. The requesting of bids is a requirement of the State and is a recognized and accepted means of insuring effective competition among vendors. Delivery will depend upon the supplier's stock and the problems they may encounter in securing delivery from their suppliers, as well as production problems.
It is the responsibility of the Procurement Department to originate, control, and analyze vendor bids and quotations. The requisitioning department is responsible for defining quantity, quality, specifications, delivery date requirements, and all other pertinent information. The requisitioning department should also suggest sources, when known, especially for unusual or unique items. The requisitioner may be called upon to assist the buyer in evaluating the bids received relative to a purchase for the department.
When to Submit Requisition, Voucher, or P-Card:
Purchase requisitions are submitted to the Procurement Department for the purchase of goods and services. No matter the dollar amount you may pay with voucher or procurement card for subscriptions, memberships, and registration fees.
$0-$1,000 - Departments may order directly with vendor. Department pays with voucher or procurement card. UCT must approve of all computer-related items before purchase.
$1,000-$5,000 - Department submits requisition. Procurement places order and no bids are required; however, they have the option to bid at any time.
$3,000 - Federal Funds ONLY Circular A-81 states that any purchases on federal funds must be bid at $3,000. Federal cost centers contain a G1xxxxx or G5xxxxx in the project/grant field.
$5,001-$25,000 -Department submits requisition. Procurement does informal bids.
$25,001+ -Department submits purchase requisition. Procurement does formal bids and posts on the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) web site.
No matter the method of payment we encourage the use of HUBs whenever possible per state requirements.
BIDDERS PROTEST PROCEDURES "Compact with Texans" a posting of how a state agency handles problems and complaints.
The following has been submitted to the Texas Procurement and Support Services as
a part of the University of Houston-Clear Lake's Procurement Plan.
The University of Houston-Clear Lake shall award to the vendor offering the best value proposal to the institution.
The University of Houston-Clear Lake conducts its procurement activities in accordance with all-relevant governmental statues and regulations, and in a matter that protects the interest of the university.
The Procurement department is responsible for awarding contracts fairly. Vendors responding as bidders to either single-item purchase or term contracts may elect to file formal protest proceedings in the award of any contract that exceeds $5,000 within ten (10) business days of award. Procurement department must be able to justify its actions in the award.
The protest will be initially adjudicated by Procurement department. If procurement's decision is unacceptable to vendor, the protest may be filed with the Executive Director of Procurement and Payables or with the Vice President for Administration and Finance.
Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL)
Commodity Code Book
Contracts for the purchase of Goods and Services from a Private Vendor
Department of Information Resources (DIR)
Electronic State Business Daily
FY18 Formal Procurement Solicitations Posted by UHCL
Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) List
Legal Authority and Code of Ethics
Processing Requisitions with Ts & Cs
State Contract Listings
Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS)
UHCL Procurement Manual
UHCL Procurement Policies and Procedures
UHCL Procurement Training
Vendor Set-up Requirements for PeopleSoft Database (Individuals and Businesses)
Vendor Tax Status Search