House Bill 688 related to the University’s purchasing authority passed this legislative session.
The Bill allows the State Board of Education (SBOE) to grant Boise State the authority to oversee its own purchasing processes. The mechanism to grant that authority is for the SBOE to approve a policy that is “substantially consistent with the requirements” of Idaho Code. We worked with our legal department, our sister institutions, the Office of the State Board of Education and the Administrator of the State Division of Purchasing to develop a policy template that is acceptable to all parties.
Our new policy was approved by the SBOE at its June 2010 meeting. The policy became effective on July 1, 2010. The new policy is posted at
http://policy.boisestate.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/6130_070110.pdf (link updated 7/2/13). A Purchasing Process Quick Reference to help guide you through your transaction can be found at http://vpfa.boisestate.edu/process/purchasing/docs/purchasingprocessquickref.pdf. (link updated 7/2/13)
Thanks in advance for your support and help with all of the changes; we are confident it will provide real opportunities for streamlining and cost savings to the campus. We are open to any of your thoughts or comments for improvements as we begin working under new authority in FY2011.